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Call for Entries is Open!

2020 Shorts Showcase Film Festival

Enter before October 1, 2019 for discounted entry fees. All entries must be in by January 31, 2020. Selections will be made by March 15th, 2020. All films must be 40 minutes or less, films longer than 19 minutes will not qualify for TV broadcast. Shorts Showcase Film Festival Awards Ceremony will be held on May 9, 2020.

Categories, Pricing & Deadlines

Awards will go to: 

  • Best Narrative - Drama and Comedy

  • Best Documentary

  • Best Animated

  • Best Student Short

  • Audience Favorite based on global votes received.

 

Submission Deadlines:

  • October 1, 2019 Early Bird Deadline — $50 General Submission / $25 Student Submission 

  • January 31, 2020 Final Deadline — $75 General Submission / $40 Student

  • March 21, 2020 Notification Date 

  • May 9, 2020 Awards Event

 

Shorts Showcase reserves the right to release selection information as early as February 15, 2020.

Submission Rules & Terms

NO excessive violence, no gore, no porn of any kind. Most profanity will be "bleeped" if your film is selected for our PBS program. Films longer than 19 minutes will not qualify for TV broadcast.

 

Eligibility 

  • To be eligible for the Shorts Showcase Online, Mobile and TV Broadcast Festival, films must comply with the following: 

  • The film must have all clearances – including music, talent, locations, etc. 

  • The film must be available for online, mobile and television broadcast. 

  • There must not be a screening fee attached to the film. Shorts Showcase will not pay a screening fee to any film featured in the Festival; there are no exceptions. 

  • Film format 1920 x 1080, minimum 16k bit, Mp4

  • Non-English films must be subtitled in English.

 

Rules for Submission
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed above, filmmakers must comply with the following submission rules to be considered as a Finalist in their respective category: 

  • The submitting filmmaker must be either the producer or director of the film.

  • Entries are accepted exclusively through www.FilmFreeway.com. 

  • A completed official entry on FilmFreeway.com 

  • Payment of the non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submission. 

  • A functional streaming video file (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) in high definition 720p or 1080p (Mp4) included with your submission, either embedded or linked with working password. 

  • Multiple submissions must be provided as individual submissions. 

 

Notification
All filmmakers will be notified by email after the last day of voting, if they are selected for an award. Shorts Showcase reserves the right to release basic information about selected films as early as February 15, 2020.

 

Finalists and Winners
Based on the category of short film, official selections will be in competition for Grand Prizes across these categories:

  • Narrative Short Films, Drama and Comedy 

  • Documentary Short Films 

  • Animated Short Films 

  • Student Film Competition
     

Finalists will all compete for Grand Prizes. Final selections will remain eligible for “Audience Favorite” All submitted films that meet the above eligibility requirements are considered “in competition” to be selected as a Shorts Showcase Festival Finalist at the time of submission. In March 2020, finalists will be publicly announced. Only finalists are eligible for the Grand Prize in each category. Grand Prize winners are announced at the Shorts Showcase Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2020. We invite Finalist Filmmakers to come to the Awards Ceremony. 

Other films may be invited to screen at the Festival as a “Special Presentation” or in a “To Be Announced” time slot; these may be eligible for the Audience Choice Award depending on when the films are scheduled.