16 Annual HollyShorts Film Festival: August 13-22, 2020

SUBMISSIONS open September 6


HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less.  Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials and Digital Microbudget.

Academy Awards® Qualifying Festival.

Submission Deadline

Early Bird: February 1, 2020

Regular Deadline: April 5, 2020

Late Deadline: May 17, 2020

Extended Deadline: May 31, 2020

Notifications: START on July 17, 2020 through July 30, 2020


Awards & Prizes:


HSFF awards prizes from sponsors Panavision, Final Draft, Lightspeed EPS, True Vision Entertainment, and many others! Awards go to over 20+ categories including Best Short, Best Director, Best Animation, Best Doc, Best Cinematography, Best Music Video, Best Commercial, etc. Distribution opportunities available for winners via Bitpix, ShortsTV, and Indieflix.

Categories Awarded*

Best Action

Best Animation

Best Cinematographer

Best Grand Jury Award

Best Comedy

Best Commercial

Best Director

Best Diversity

Best Doc

Best Drama

Best Editing

Best Female Director

Best Horror

Best International


Best Music Video

Best Narrative

Best Panavision Future Filmmaker Award

Best Producer

Best Sci Fi

Best Screenplay

Best Shot On Film

Best Short Film Grand Prize**

Best Student

Best Thriller

Best TV Category

Best VFX

Best Web Series

Best Youth

Honorable Mention

Screenplay Runner Up

Screenplay Runner Up

*Categories subject to change

**Academy Awards®  Qualifying Category

Rules & Terms:

Films and videos submitted to the Festival will be considered for competitive categories. Oscar nominated films may be submitted for screening but not in the competitive categories.

By submitting your film for consideration for the 15th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival, you agree for HollyShorts to screen your short film if it is an official selection for this year's festival and are obligated to your commitment. All films will screen on DCP unless otherwise mentioned.  Total Run Time including credits should be no longer than 40 mins.


Recipients of the HollyShorts Film Festival Best Short Film Grand Prix, Best Short Animation & Best Short Film will be eligible for consideration in the Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy Rules.


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