Known as the world's leading online film festival, Top Shorts is one of the best-reviewed festivals on FilmFreeway, with over 200 five star reviews. Top Shorts was recently ranked 8th Best Reviewed Festival out of over 4,000 of the world's best film festivals (and 1st from the online festivals, FilmFreeway May 2016). Top Shorts was also selected by Motion Array as one of the best short film festivals for up-and-coming filmmakers. 

We accept screenplays (up to 40 pages) and short films (up to 40 minutes long) in the following categories: Narrative, Web Series, Animation, Documentary, Indie, Inspirational, Experimental, Music Video and Micro Film.

Top Shorts offers both monthly and annual competitions:

1. MONTHLY COMPETITION - each month, our jury selects the winners through private screenings. 
We also select 9 finalists, which are nominated for Film of the Month award. The 15 finalists will qualify for the annual festival (The 6th Annual Top Shorts 2020). 
- IMDb - Top Shorts is an official event on IMDb. This means that all winners may add the awards to their IMDb titles. 
- Certificate - all monthly winners receive a free digital certificate (in JPG), ready for print.

2. ANNUAL FILM AWARDS - once a year, in May, our judging team selects the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. 

* We don't showcase the full films online. 

For any question, please contact us at info.topshorts@gmail.com

--- CATEGORY AWARDS (monthly) ---

Best Student Film
Best Drama
Best Comedy
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Crime Film
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Dark Comedy
Best Mystery Film
Best Parody
Best Western
Best Fantasy Film
Best Film Noir
Best Sci-Fi
Best LGBTQ
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Micro Film
Best Inspirational Film
Best Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Web Series
Best Music Video
Best Experimental Film
Best Trailer
Best Commercial/Promotional Video
Best Screenplay
Best Original Story

--- CAST & CREW AWARDS (monthly) ---

Best Director
Best Indie Filmmaker (film's budget up to $5000)
Best First Time Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Actor in an Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Actress in an Indie Film (budget up to $5000)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Young Actor (13-18)
Best Young Actress (13-18)
Best Child Actor (5-12)
Best Child Actress (5-12)
Best Ensemble
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Design
Best Visual Effects
Young Filmmaker Award (18 and under)

* The Best of Fest and Best Director ANNUAL WINNERS will receive free Top Shorts statuettes. Other winners may order a statuette for themselves and their team, for $290 including shipping.

** All winners will receive a print-ready digital certificate (in JPG/PDF).

* What we’re looking for? Story-based films, which can be in the form of narrative (fiction), music video, documentary (non-fiction), or animation.
* All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English)
* By submitting your film, take note that:
- You agree to use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster/screenshots) for promotional purpose. We upload some of the winners' trailers in order to promote the films.
- You must own all the rights to the video.
- Fees are not refundable.

Top Shorts does not accept the following:
1. Amateur videos
2. Extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organizations
3. Films which were made before 2013
4. Political films
5. Films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD)

Overall Rating
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Hospitality
Networking
  • Helmut-Michael Kemmer

    It was an honor to be a part of your 2019 festival. The communication went absolutely smoothly. For further submissions, we will be happy to keep an eye on your festival at any time. Thank you very much.

    August 2019
  • Janice Walker

    I didn’t put any star from hospitality and networking because I see those categories more for the actual film festival. But fantastic film festival with the information and glad they allow winners to get trophies for the hard work that is out into the creative work. Thanks Top Shorts!!

    August 2019
  • Rhett Thompson

    Really interesting festival that gives you many avenues to progress and achieve things as well as network and discuss.

    August 2019
  • Lance Kawas

    A very well organized festival that is on it!

    August 2019
  • Austen Watts

    It was my first online film festival, and I was impressed. The team at Top shorts recognise the hard work film makers put in and make the process pleasurable.
    I highly recommend Top Shorts and I will be back again.
    Thanks.

    August 2019