The Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival is now in its seventh year of bringing great short films and art to iconic Asbury Park, New Jersey. In 2020 we hope to be much bigger and better.
There are many great film festivals in the state of New Jersey. The Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival is unique because it is a very intimate and inviting affair, without pretense.

We look forward to sharing our creative universe with you.

We have over 28 awards for short films, all different categories and special guests.

The entry fee is per category. Online submissions only. We cannot accept DVDs.
Submissions that are in any language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
If sending a check make checks payable to "Hang Onto Your Shorts Film Festival"


Overall Rating
  • Haley Pine

    Great communication, staff very friendly. Would submit again.

    October 2020
  • Nicely done for an online film festival during this pandemia. The awards ceremony was really cool and well put together.

    September 2020
  • Nice job by the HOTYS staff during a difficult time. Look forward to attending theatrical screenings next year.

    September 2020
  • Vinay Pujara

    Thank You Chris for picking up 'My Beloved Wife' :)

    September 2020
  • Chase Bolnick

    Hang on to you Shorts FF was GREAT!! Very good communication. Extremely positive experience. With the Covid Dilemma , they took a bad situation and still managed to create an online Festival that was fun and professionally organized. I hope next year to attend an in person HOTYSFF .

    September 2020