A non-profit festival promoting short films and the filmmakers who make them. Opening in 2018, the International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) is dedicated to the celebration of short films. The festival is open to all filmmakers, across the world.

Films are selected and judged on two criteria; the quality of the work as well as the your ambition. We are fully inclusive, do not censor work and have no other restrictions on your submission. We encourage all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or 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. All films chosen to be in 'official selection will receive laurels and are automatically nominated for award categories.

Amazing stories deserve theatre exhibition and independent short films deserves a larger audience, which is why International Shorts was born. We look forward to your participation as filmmakers in 2018.

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

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 LGBTIQ Short Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best LGBTIQ Short Film' a work must associate with the LGBTIQ 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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  • Very Well communicated, very well organized highly recommended!

    January 2019
  • Charity & John Johnson

    The ratings are so because we recieved no information whatsoever from International Shorts. But we are delighted to have been nominated.

    December 2018
  • International short is one of my favorites, they are quickly ready and do the best. Thanks & wish all the best !

    December 2018
  • I was very happy to learn that our movie FRANCISZKA has won the best Cinematography award!!! Thank you so much! Great Festival :)

    December 2018
  • Domiziano Cristopharo

    Very mind people, a festival that isn't afraid to dare. Thank you international shorts

    December 2018