Best Shorts Competition CFE

The Best Shorts Competition is not a traditional film festival; rather it is an avant-garde worldwide competition. It discovers and honors the achievements of filmmakers worldwide who produce high quality shorts and new media. It is an excellent venue for students and faculty. Works of 57 minutes or less are invited.

The Best Shorts Competition offers a number of prizes including the following.

$1000 Cash Award: Once each year one $1,000 cash prize is awarded to one Best Shorts winner selected from among all the Best Shorts winners in all from the past twelve months.

Annual Humanitarian Award: Each year, Best Shorts grants its Humanitarian Award to one filmmaker for dedicated service to social justice, humanitarian causes or environmental issues.

$4,800 Post Production Award: GreenHouse Studios in Burbank, California, an official sponsor of the Best Shorts Competition, generously provides a post-production opportunity once each year valued at up to $11,100 to one Best Shorts winning filmmaker. The filmmaker will receive up to two weeks use of state of the art hardware loaded with FCP Studio 3 editing software for a value of $2000; four hours of HD color correction using Apple Suite with a GreenHouse colorist valued at $1000, and a graphics package with free poster design and storyboards valued at $1800. Greenhouse is an innovative studio that creates their own productions and assists Indie producers from beginning to end of the creative process. No purchase is necessary to take advantage of the free prize, but all additional services GreenHouse Studios offers, including transcoding, motion graphics, visual effects, audio work and artwork, will be available to the winner at a reduced rate. The winning filmmaker must travel to Burbank to utilize the prize and must use the award within two years.

$1500 Studio Award: Random Original Productions is generously providing a production house opportunity valued at up to $1,500 to one Best Shorts winning filmmaker each year.

Best of Show/Award of Excellence/Award of Merit: Quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Judging results letters will be sent by regular mail about four to six weeks after the final deadline to all participants.

The Best Shorts Competition puts filmmakers first and provides a direct opportunity for recognition and publicity. It is an excellent venue for short films, documentaries, new and experimental media, television pilot programs, animation, educational programs, remixes & mashups, movie trailers, music videos, webisodes and tube length works.

Please visit the Best Shorts website, for more information.

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