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 6th Annual Top Shorts 2020).

- 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 info.topshorts@gmail.com

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 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 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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Top Shorts Festival was a pleasure to be a part of and it was wonderful news to be a semi-finalist with my film Lost Focus :) Easy communication with the team, great exposure and confidence in that all films are watched and taken into consideration no matter how new or independent a filmmaker you are which I love!

    June 2019
  • David Luck

    Staff was fantastic!!! It was an honor to be selected and a winner in this festival!

    June 2019
  • Dimitar Stoyanov

    Top Shorts is a TOP fest and been a really great support for our movie

    June 2019
  • So honored for "This Is Me" short film being selected for Best Indie Film. Grateful for Top Shorts, thank you for supporting indie filmmakers.

    June 2019
  • Purpose Pro

    Top Shorts was our VERY FIRST experience with a film festival. We submitted our first short film and it was an amazing process. Great communication, great networking and just an overall great festival. We were excited to win our first Laurel from Top Shorts. It will always be a special one for us!

    Thank you!

    June 2019