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Play Short is an International Film Awards which aims to discover and recognize new talents from all over the world. It was created in order to support short film directors providing a critical evaluation of their work. 

What makes a short film a great film it's not how ambitious the story is, but the way the story is being told. The ingredients to have a great short film are a coherent script, outstanding directing, compelling camerawork, exquisite lighting and tight editing. There are a lot of films that are interesting, but have a careless sound. Every film directors must care about the sound before the shooting, it's one of the most important cinematic elements. Catch great actors, not models! It's another advise we provide so that stories can be told in a real way, not in a theatricality way.

We invite you to submit your short through the official Play Short FilmFreeway page.

Spring Nominees are announced!


Annual Competition


The winners of each category can get a nomination in the Annual Competition for the "Best Short Film" award.

Main Competition


Whenever you submit a short film under a specific category in the Main Competition, your short will be in competition with other short films from the same category. The nominees will be announced quarterly.

•    Best Drama Short 
•    Best Comedy Short 
•    Best Horror Short 
•    Best LGBT Short 

•    Best Disability Short
•    Best Action Short 
•    Best SCI-FI Short 
•    Best Animation Short 
•    Best Documentary Short 
•    Best Experimental Short
•    Best Mobile Short

•    Best No Word Short
•    Best 1-Minute Short
•    Best Student Short 
•    Best Dance Film
•    Best Music Video 

Film Craft Awards


You can submit in other categories to compete for a Film Craft Award (FCA) in the category you want. This section recognizes film professionals for their filmmaking achievements. The nominees will be announced quarterly.

•    Film Directing
•    Cinematography
•    Sound Design
•    Film Editing
•    Original Music Score 
•    Female Acting
•    Male Acting

Nominees & Winners


All nominees will get our official laurel and winners will get our official laurel and a digital certificate. The results will be announced publicly on this website.

Sections & Awards

► The selection criteria takes into account the short films which exhibit artistic excellence in screenplay, filming technique and editing;


► The narrative coherence and the way it's being told;

► The use of cinematography and sound as storytelling tools; 

► The authenticity, accuracy and reliability in the performance by the actors while portraying characters.

If your short film matches this criteria you are more than able to submit it and be in the competition you choose (Main Competition and / or Film Craft Awards section). The winners of each category are able to get included in the Annual Competition.

All short films in the Annual Competition will be screened at a film society: 

Selection Criteria


All set


Now you know what we are looking for, so you can submit.

Don't forget, short films must not exceed 30 minutes in length and must have been completed after January 1, 2014.

Please, read all rules and terms here before submitting your short film.



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+351 911 162 976

(Business Days - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)   GMT +00:00

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