Now in it's fourth year, the International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) is a non-profit film festival promoting short films and the filmmakers who make them, dedicated to the celebration of short films. The festival is open to all filmmakers, across the world.

** At this stage, the International Shorts Film Festival will go ahead in December with live in-cinema screenings in Melbourne, Australia. **

Films are selected and judged on two main criteria; the quality of the work as well as the filmmakers' ambition. We are fully inclusive, do not censor work and have no restrictions on your submissions. We encourage all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of country of origin, the film's content or a filmmaker's worldview. All genres are extremely welcome!

We will screen all winning and finalist films from our 'Official Selection' in front of a live audience, and all film are promoted on social media via the festival's twitter @shorts_ff. All films chosen to be in 'official selection will receive laurels and are automatically nominated for additional individual award categories such as Best Director, Best Writing, Best Cinematography and Best Performance.

Amazing stories deserve theatre exhibition and independent short films deserves a larger audience, which is why the International Shorts Film Festival was born. We look forward to your participation as filmmakers in 2021.

... and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @shorts_ff where we will be announcing all films in 'Official Selection' through the year.

- Best Short Film
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Horror
- Best GLBTIQ Short Film
- Best Performance
- Best Directing
- Best Writing
- Best Cinematography
- Best Animated Film
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Adult or Erotic Film

Festival Rules:

- International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) is open to all filmmakers from around the world.

- All submissions must agree to have the film's promotional material, including a film's poster and artwork, used by the International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) in order to promote the submitted film and filmmaker.

- For screening and judging purposes, films submitted via FilmFreeway must be free of masking or watermarks.

Category Rules:

- Best Film: this is an open competition category. All films are eligible, and all submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories.

- Best Short Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Short Film' a work must be no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Drama: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Drama' a work must be dramatic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Comedy: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Comedy' a work must be comedic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Horror: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Horror' a work must be horrific in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best GLBTIQ Short Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best GLBTIQ Short Film' a work must associate with the GLBTIQ communities in theme, and be no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Performance: performances from films submitted into the 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror' and 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' categories will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Director: all directors of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror' and 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Writing: all writer of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror' and 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Cinematography: all cinematographers of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror' and 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Animated Short: to be eligible to enter the category of 'Best Animated Short' category your film must consist of more than 75% original animated material. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Director' and 'Best Writing' categories if relevant.

- Best Adult or Erotic Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' a work must be adult or erotic in nature. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories.

- Best Documentary Short Subject: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Documentary Short Subject', the work must be non-fiction. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories.

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  • We were honored to receive Official Selection status for our animated short "Monkey & Cat" at International Shorts.

    February 2021
  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team¬†¬†

    January 2021
  • Your festival is great, keep going

    January 2021
  • Happy to have our film, Mini Hugh take part in this festival! Look forward to attending one in person in the future (thanks a lot covid) Great effort to have it online :)

    January 2021
  • On behalf of THE LUNATIC cast and crew, we are very pleased to be a part of International Shorts. Being from NYC it's a special honor.

    December 2020