About the Festival


The ShortList Film Festival is pleased to announce that submissions are officially open for the sixth annual festival, streaming August 8-22 2017, with the closing ceremony on August 23. 

The ShortList Film Festival, now in its sixth year, elevates the best in short filmmaking as the format has exploded across every device in the age of streaming. The contest selects twelve of the best award-winning short films that have premiered at a major festival in the past year, making this the most highly competitive film festival of its kind. ShortList finalists and winners have frequently gone on to greater recognition within the entertainment industry. The 2016 Jury Winner,“Maman(s),” won the Cesar award for best short film. The 2015 ShortList Audience and Jury winner, "Bear Story," won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The Award-Winning Shorts Competition is for films up to 20 minutes in length that have received an award. The festival will run from August 8th-22nd, 2017. 

This year, the festival adds a student category for the first time. The top 10 film schools on TheWrap’s ranking of film schools have been invited to submit their top student films, and will participate in this year’s competition. The films will also be voted on by TheWrap’s audience. Finalists have the opportunity to promote their film to fans and friends who can then vote online. #ShortList2017


HIGHLIGHTS: The ShortList Film Festival 2016 was thrilled to award the following prizes: 

  • Maïmouna Doucouré's "Maman(s)" , the story of an 8-year-old girl in Paris whose father returns home from Senegal to his family with a second wife, won the IMAX Industry Prize

  • Jim Cummings' "Thunder Road" won the Creators League Prize, presented by PepsiCo. Writer-director Cummings plays a police officer who offers an emotional and unconventional eulogy at this mother’s funeral inspired by Bruce Springsteen.

  • David Hansen's "Slingshot" won the Audience Award by receiving the most votes from viewers visiting the ShortList website since nominations were announced on August 9. The film follows a 10-year-old boy named Frankie whose summer vacation at a run-down trailer park takes an unexpected romantic turn when he meets 10-year-old Tayla.

Also read: Slingshot,’ ‘Maman(s)’ and ‘Thunder Road’ Take Prizes at TheWrap’s ShortList 2016 Film Festival

The winners received $5,000 prizes, along with introductory meetings and tours with key Hollywood companies.  


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