Welcome to the 3rd Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival! We are excited to be accepting submissions for our upcoming festival and are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to discover new and talented filmmakers from around the world. Our festival is dedicated to showcasing the best in independent short films. We are committed to providing a platform for emerging artists to share their work with a broad audience. If you are a filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and are looking for an opportunity to showcase your work, we encourage you to submit your film to our festival. We can't wait to see what you offer and look forward to celebrating the art of short film with you.

History of our Festival:
Since our inception in 2015, we have been on a surprising ride of conceptualizing, collaborating, and working with excellent, seasoned, and budding filmmakers, professionals, and industry experts, exploring the nitty gritty of cinema. Navigating the minor glitches, we have made it this far only due to the overwhelming support from the film fraternity. The pandemic proved to be an eye-opener when we realized the full extent to which we have been indebted to the goodwill and help of every filmmaker and reader.
Keeping this in mind and that ISM was approaching its 6th anniversary, it was the perfect time to commemorate our journey and patrons, celebrating all things cinema. Hence in 2021, we launched Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival.

ISMSFF 2021 & 2022 saw the screening of the best fiction shorts, handpicked documentaries, and videos for a 2-hour event on 13th July 2021 & 2022, where the audience and panelists got to choose their favorites.

We are excited to present the 3rd Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival.

Reserve your spots and mark your calendars to be part of our growing community as Indie Shorts Mag gears up to bring you an invaluable (and virtual) experience that cannot be missed! Keep an eye out on this space for more information.

Thank you for considering Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival as a platform for your work.

We at Indie Shorts Mag are a bunch of professional & devoted cinephiles who stoke the spirit of filmmakers and their craft. And we try our best to filter from the short films submitted the ones that truly deserve to be promoted, shared, and publicized.

SELECTION: 'Story' and 'Direction' remain the most determining factors in our selection. We believe, even the simplest of stories can be delightfully narrated, and even the most spectacular stories can fail in the delivery. The essence of a film's being rests solely on its direction and story. Neither does the duration of the film matter, nor the complexity or simplicity of the story. It's how they're dually dealt that counts the most.

Overall Rating
  • Brian Nestor

    Great festival, glad to be selected for it

    September 2023
  • Thank you ISMSFF for selecting our film, Joined by Fate as an official selection, Semi-Finalist, Finalist and then nominee for Best Documentary Short Film. Throughout the entire process the festival organizers kept us updated and were very professional. We especially enjoyed the award nomination process. It felt like the Oscars! I would recommend ISMSFF to indie short filmmakers. Thank you again for the opportunity and exposure!

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Christina,

    On behalf of the entire Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival team, I extend our heartfelt gratitude for participating in this year's event with your remarkable documentary, "Joined by Fate." Your talent and dedication shine through your work; showcasing it was an honor.

    We're thrilled you had a positive experience throughout the festival process.

    Thank you again for choosing our festival to showcase your talent. We cherish the opportunity to provide a platform for filmmakers like you and wish you continued success in your filmmaking journey.

  • Thanks for selecting "Enter the Room" into your festival. I wasn't able to view the live inline screening because I was driving to Iowa for another film festival, but I appreciated the effort put into this festival and the Awards Ceremony stream was a nice addition. I had a very good experience overall and will definitely consider submitting future projects to Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival.

    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Harry,

    Thank you for your kind words and for submitting "Enter the Room" with us at the Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival! We're thrilled that you were part of this year's event.

    Thank you for your kind words about the Awards Ceremony stream; we put a lot of effort into making it a memorable and enjoyable experience for all the filmmakers and audience members. It's heartwarming to know you had a positive overall experience with our festival.

    We're always excited to see more of your work and eagerly look forward to your future submissions.

    Once again, thank you for being part of the Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival. Your film enriched our event, and we wish you all the best in your filmmaking journey!

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    July 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dear Serkan,

    Thank you so much for participating in this year's Indie Shorts Mag Short Film Festival with your films! We are delighted that you shared your talent and creativity with us.

    As organizers, our greatest pleasure comes from providing a platform for talented filmmakers like you to showcase their work and connect with an appreciative audience.

    Your participation adds value to the festival, and we are grateful for the effort and dedication you put into your film. We hope this experience has been rewarding and inspiring for you as an artist.

    We hope to see more of your incredible work in future editions!

  • Lev Mergian

    I had such a great time being part of this festival and it was so exciting watching our film work its way through their awards process. We made it to the finals and were nominated for Best Editing and the video they out together of the nominees made it feel like the academy awards. A great virtual viewing experience of the films, and a well organized fest. Thank you ISMSFF!

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Lev! We're so happy to have had your film a part of our festival and even more thrilled that it was nominated for an award. We will pass your compliments to the A/V team, who worked on the final awards video.