World’s Top Short Film Festivals

Worlds Top 100 Short Film FestivalsShort filmmaking is in the midst of a rennaissance because of the revenue potential offered by IPTV and initiatives like

Screening at a festival is a sure-fire way to start creating a buzz around your film and your career. You are also likely to bump into short-film buyers eager for content for the dozens of fledgling websites desperate for movies. Short films are much easier to see on the web or on a mobile telephone than features (at the moment, at least)

Troll down this list, and click on the links and look at each festivals programming to see if your film would fit. And google them to see if there any satisfied filmmakers talking about the festival of your choice.

Finally, happy hunting. Don't forget that Raindance Film Festival, now Britain's largest independent film festival, loves short films, and ware open for submissions. Raindance is also a Oscar qualifying festival for short films.

The Raindance Team

Raindance Film Festival Submissions The Top 5 Must-Submits

Sundance Film Festival (USA)
Cannes Film Festival (France) – for shorts under 15 minutes only
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (USA)
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France)
Aspen Shortsfest (USA)


AFI Fest
Los Angeles Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
SXSW: South By Southwest Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Slamdance Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival
Austin Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Cinequest Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
What is Raindance?Rhode Island International Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
USA Film Festival – for American shorts only
Los Angeles International Short Film Festival
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Athens International Film Festival
Black Maria Film Festival
New Directors/New Films Festival
Gen Art Film Festival – for American shorts only
Heartland Film Festival
Starz Denver International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Woodstock Film Festival
Hawaii International Film Festival
San Diego Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Philadelphia Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Stony Brook Film Festival
CineVegas International Film Festival
Raindance film Festival Bumbershoot 1 Reel Film Festival
World Arts Film Festival


Toronto International Film Festival – for Canadian shorts only
Montreal World Film Festival
Montreal International Festival of New Cinema
• Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival – for Canadian shorts only
Edmonton International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival


Flickerfest International Short Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Sydney Film Festival


Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
Sao Paulo International Film Festival


Mar del Plata International Film Festival


Santiago Chilean International Short Film Festival


Cartagena International Film Festival


Bermuda International Film Festival


Short Shorts Film Festival

South Africa

Durban International Film Festival
Cape Town World Cinema Film Festival  


Raindance Film Festival *Oscar qualifyingLondon Short Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Encounters Short Film FestivalEdinburgh International Film Festival
London Short Film Festival
Manchester International Film Festival
Encounters International Short Film Festival *Oscar qualifying
Leeds International Film Festival


Foyle Film Festival
Cork International Film Festival


Berlin International Film Festival
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Oldenburg Film Festival
Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival
Filmfest Dresden
Hamburg International Short Film Festival


Huesca International Film Festival
Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films
Gijon International Film Festival for Young People
Valladolid International Film Festival


Venice International Film Festival
Turin International Film Festival of Young Cinema – for Italian shorts only


Locarno Film Festival


Angers First Film Festival


Drama International Short Film Festival


Sarajevo Film Festival


Cracow International Documentary and Short Film Festival
- Wroclav Era New Horizons

Czech Republic

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival


Brussels International Short Film Festival
Ghent Flanders International Film Festival
Leuven International Short Film Festival


Odense International Film Festival
AFIA Film Festival, Aarhus

The Netherlands

Rotterdam International Film Festival


Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival  
Gothenberg International Film Festival


Tampere International Short Film Festival


Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival – international shorts by invitation only

Have we forgotten anyone? Please add into the comments box below.


About Raindance

Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent fimmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998.

Most of our year is spent training thousands of new and established filmmakers in all aspects of film. Among high profile alumni are Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), David Yates (Harry Potter), Guy Ritchie and Matthew Vaughn – who actually met at a Raindance course. Raindance training is one of the world’s largest catering for over 3000 students per year.

In 2011 we launched an innovative Postgraduate Film Degree with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust.

In 2013 we relaunched our production arm, Raw Talent with the feature Love.Honour.Obey.

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33 Responses to World’s Top Short Film Festivals

  1. MacKenzie Smith April 1, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

    San Jose International Short Film Festival – – lets make that a top 6 must submit

  2. Anita Makris April 8, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    France – Clermont Ferrand!

  3. Marian Evans May 5, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    New Zealand's awesome Show Me Shorts is Oscar qualifying:

  4. Mick Cusimano May 26, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Cyprus international film festival.

  5. Pramod P Gunari June 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    super for short film makers example like me………………..

  6. Cecilia Robles July 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    I would suggest adding to the list Mexico's EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

  7. Mohamed Hekal July 15, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    when this festival date?

  8. Arsham Razaghi July 25, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    I`m going to produce my first short film after 12 years working in advertising area this season.

  9. Anonymous August 3, 2013 at 4:49 am #

    When was the above list of short film festivals last updated?

  10. Amar R Sovasheya December 7, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    SAME MY Q…??? CECILIA…???

  11. Cecilia Robles December 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Amar R Sovasheya + Mohamed Hekai = JULY -AUGUST :

  12. No Gloss Film Festival February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    And you forgot to mention in the UK: No Gloss Film Festival. FREE TO SUBMIT.

  13. Rob Britt April 28, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Thanks for this great list of festivals. The Charleston International Film Festival just completed its seventh year of films. Five days and 80 films this year.

  14. Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) May 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    North America's largest commuter film festival in it's 8th year!
    INTERNATIONAL SUBMISSION CALL: 1 minute silent shorts.
    Free – June 14 final deadline July 15. INTERNATIONAL Guest judge Guy Maddin.
    Over 1 million/daily audience during TIFF.

  15. Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) May 23, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

    Rob Britt what's your secret for making the link active?

  16. Rob Britt May 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm #

    Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) I just cut and pasted it right from the browser, I think…

  17. Rob Britt May 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    yeah, that's all I did for my writing site above … it might be because I am a 'top commenter' whatever that means…

  18. Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) May 23, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Rob Britt thank you!

  19. Anonymous August 24, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    The Vancouver Island Short Film festival showcases great short films of any genre or style, 12 minutes or less. The festival is in it's 10th year and provides artist fees and cash prizes. Submissions are open from August – November and the festival happens February 6th and 7th in beautiful Nanaimo, BC.

  20. Sohail Ahmad October 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm #

    Hey, I just heard about a short film fest happening in Dubai.
    Follow the link for details

  21. Adnen NiNo Delson December 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    which of these have no fee to submit ?


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