Top Shorts is the world's leading online film festival, separated into two parts:

1. MONTHLY COMPETITION - each month, our jury selects the winners through private screenings.
We also select 15 finalists, which are nominated for Film of the Month award. The Top15 will qualify for the annual festival (The 5th Annual Top Shorts 2019).

- Certificate - all monthly winners receive a free digital certificate (in JPG), ready to print.

2. ANNUAL FILM AWARDS - once a year, in May, our judging team selects the BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR. The 15 finalists of each month qualify for the annual event.

* We will NOT showcase the full films online.

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).

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.

For any question, please contact us at

BEST OF FEST (yearly - Best of Fest and Best Director receive a free statuette)

--- 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 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 digital certificate (in JPG/PDF), ready to print.

* 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
  • Pari Antoniou

    Very happy to be part of the TOP SHORTS Film Festival!!!!

    November 2018
  • The entire cast and crew was elated when we found out that not only were we picked for an Official Selection, but also as a Semi-Finalist for "If I Were To Speak Of War". Will definitely be coming back next year with our next short film "Back To The Start". Couldn't be any more grateful. Thank you.

    November 2018
  • Top Shorts lives up to its name by not only being reviewed highly by other independent filmmakers, but they give your project the attention it deserves. Their professionalism and communication has been the most outstanding. I was shocked when Top Shorts selected my short script "Breathe" as one of the October 2018 winners! To be recognized by a festival like this only encourages my drive to continue to adapt new and powerful stories and pursue a career in filmmaking! Thank you for believing in me. Some of us may get ignored and told 'no' by thousands of people; however, once we get a 'yes' and are selected for our work/talent, there is no stopping our drive. God bless.

    November 2018
  • Michael Vaynberg

    Thank you for this opportunity to share with the audience and colliegs the result of our work! It’s awesome. You help us to become visible for others! And this is the main goal for everyone who dedicated their lifes to to this such a strange, but merculessly attractive thing)

    November 2018
  • Jim Norman

    This is a great festival to get an early read on how well your short screenplay is doing. Monthly competitions provide that opportunity, and Top Shorts is one of the very best. Each time I've completed a short, this is one of my "go to" festivals.

    November 2018