The competition is accepting submissions until 11 Jan 2019. Finalists average 12,000+ views and winners are selected by an industry judging panel. The Grand Prize winner is guaranteed 25,000 views, with one previous winner already past 300k views.

Why Enter?

In all past competitions, more than one in seven films have been selected and our winners regularly gain more views than Vimeo Staff Picks - though they can be both!

On top of that, we use industry judges and show the Grand Prize winner to agents and producers, including ICM in LA and Casarotto Ramsay in London.

Nobody connected to the competition earns money from it: the entry money goes back into promoting shorts and the filmmakers take 70% of YouTube earnings.

The Steps

1. Submit a 1-25 minute short film (fiction, documentary and/or animation). There is a small submission fee. Earlybird is less than $10 (less for students and Indian filmmakers).

 Flim Freeway

2. We select 10 finalists. Each finalist appers on the FILMSshort homepage and is promoted for $50*. The last finalists have averaged over 10,000 views each.

3. The judges, including many industry insiders, will choose winners in each category. The Grand Prize Winner wins an extra $200 promotion, ensuring 25,000 views. It may be fiction, doc and/or animation (all have previously won), and from any country.

** Grand Prize Winner **
** Best Short Animation **
** Best Short Short **
** Best Cinematography **
** Best Sound Design **
** Best Indian Short **
** Best BAME Short **

4. The film with the most social media hits within one week of posting is awarded the:

** People's Choice Award **

5. The winners will be announced on social media and stay on the website as long as the filmmakers permit. Winners will also be invited to help judge the next competition.

* Filmmakers who give permission to upload to YouTube receive more promotion.
** Filmmakers receive a non-exclusive agreement and earn 70% of money made.


Q. Why is there a submission fee?
A. It's mainly to cover promotional costs. No-one takes a wage or payment.

Q. How much is spent on promoting my film?
Each finalist is promoted for $50. The winner is guarenteed 25,000 views.

Q. Will you show preference to English language films?
A. No. Previous winners have come from all over the world!

Q. Who are the judges?
More details on the judges can be found on this page but here is the list:

Madeleine Sanderson, producer and founder of Curate Films.
Gillies MacKinnon, BAFTA-nominated film & TV director.
Sophia Di Martino, highly acclaimed TV and film actress.
Robert Brinkmann, Hollywood DoP and director.
Daisy Jacobs, BAFTA-winning & Oscar-nominated animator.
Femi Oyeniran, award-winning filmmaker and actor.
Alexa Jago, BAFTA-nominated and BIFA-winning producer.
Ken Petrie, award-winning Scottish film producer.
Nina Gantz, Sundance & BAFTA-winning animator.
John Hardwick, award-winning film & TV director.

Q. Who else will watch the Grand Prize Winner?

Ella More O'Ferrall, Head of Production at Partizan.
Chris Sawtelle, agent at ICM Partners.
David Kayser, agent at Casarotto Ramsay.
Max Yeoman, co-founder of MindsEye.
Gavin Mehrtens, co-founder of Cowboy Cosmonauts.
Steven Russell, agent at Collective Talent.

The previous Grand Prize winner was:

 Flim Freeway

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