We honor the giants of short film...the best producers, directors, writers, actors, cinematographers, sound engineers, stylists and other creators of short films.

The Short Film Awards is an international awards organization. We accept short film submissions from all around the world.

The Short Film Awards, affectionately nicknamed the SOFIES, was born out of a love for the special art form known as the Short Film. Due to its brief nature, the Short Film fosters an unmatched spirit of creativity, resourcefulness and independence that inspires, stirs and transforms. The Short Film Awards promote and extol the Short Film as an important and unique art form and outlet for social commentary.

The Short Film Awards shine the spotlight on the best and brightest in Short Film and bestow the beautiful and coveted SOFIE award.

The Short Film Awards Foundation is an officially approved 501(c)3, nonprofit organization.

Watch The 2nd Annual Short Film Awards: https://t.co/StgdzYa7RR

Awards & Prizes

All SOFIE Award Nominees receive an official The Short Film Awards Nominee Medal...a beautiful, golden medal on a ribbon, to wear or display!

The Winner in each category receives the prestigious and beautiful SOFIE award, designed by the same manufacturers of the most prestigious and coveted film and TV awards!.

The Short Film Awards offer the opportunity to earn the respect of peers and industry decision makers. Submitting your film places your work before top professionals in Entertainment and Film.

Winning a SOFIE award is a great honor that increases global awareness of your work and could result in increased opportunities.

Attending The Annual Short Film Awards and other SOFIES events allows you to network with a global film community.

Rules & Terms

ELIGIBILITY:

RELEASE/PRODUCTION YEAR

Best Short From the Vault submissions-
produced any year UP TO December 31, 2014

Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor,
Best Supporting Actress submissions-
produced any year

All other category submissions-
AFTER December 31, 2015

PRIOR FESTIVAL INCLUSION: not required

SUBMISSION FORMAT: online preferred or DVD mailed

If your project is chosen as an award NOMINEE, the following will be required:
* Film poster
* Crew and Cast Bios and pictures (as appropriate for category)
* Short film website and/or social media accounts
* A 30 second clip appropriate for the category in which your film is nominated

LENGTH: less than 21 minutes

* BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

* BEST DRAMATIC SHORT FILM

* BEST COMEDIC SHORT FILM

* BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

LENGTH: 30 minutes or less

* BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

LENGTH: 21 to 60 minutes

* BEST LONG SHORT FILM

LENGTH: 60 minutes or less

* BEST DIRECTOR OF A DRAMATIC OR COMEDIC
SHORT FILM

* BEST DIRECTOR OF A DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

* BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM

* BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM

* BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM

* BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SHORT FILM

* BEST WRITING IN A NARRATIVE OR DRAMATIC SHORT FILM

* BEST WRITING IN A COMEDIC SHORT FILM

* BEST WRITING IN A DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

* BEST EDITING IN A DRAMATIC OR A COMEDIC
SHORT FILM

* BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

* OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL WORK IN A SHORT FILM

* OUTSTANDING STYLING IN A SHORT FILM

* BEST SHORT FILM FROM THE VAULT
(Any year up to December 31, 2014)

JUDGING

* By top Media professionals dedicated to excellence
in film

5 Reviews

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    Paul Heary

    Unfortunately we could not be there but found all communication and organisation from the festival very professional.

    December 2016
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    Paul Kelly

    A wonderful experience all around!!! First-class treatment, great communication, and the films were shown in the highest quality resolution. The Symphony Space venue was perfect for the screenings, award ceremony and afterparty. Thank You, Steve!

    December 2016
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    Dennis Cahlo

    This was one of the best film festivals The Weekend has been a part of. From the screenings to the awards ceremony, The Short Film Awards go all out and make EVERY nominee feel like a winner. I highly recommend entering into it!

    December 2016
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    Alan Amin

    It was great to be part of the Short Film Awards, and my film screened and was one of the nominees for Best Documentary Writing, I wish the organizers all the best and good luck for the next round.

    December 2016
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    Victor Okoye

    For what they offer, This is an awesome festival to get into. The live screening (even though not a lot film makers showed up) was worth it. The films screened were of exceptional selection. On the final day of the award, the event was well organized and I made quite a handful of contact

    December 2016