Dramatic Shorts

Dramatic Shorts Film Festival

Dramatic Shorts Film Festival

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“It’s an honor to be included in Audience Awards. Seeing who’s involved and making films, it’s inspiring! We’re always looking at ways to improve and how we’re going to make the next film, and the bar with Audience Awards is high. Having that awareness pushes us to make better work.”  Patrick Higgins, award-winning A2 filmmaker

Filmmakers: Submit your dramatic short film, 45 minutes or under, to our 7th annual festival,

HOW THIS FESTIVAL WORKS: Once you successfully upload and submit your film to this festival on our site, your film is reviewed by our festival screeners for admittance. You will receive notice if your film is accepted or rejected before voting opens.

On the voting open date, your film is juried by our preliminary jury panel and the global audience. From this first round, the top 3 films with the most votes and the top 5 preliminary jury-selected films advance to the finals round. If audience winners are preliminary jury selections, the prelim jury will select additional films so that there are always 8 finalist films. From the 8 films, the expert jury panel will select their top 5 films and receive an optional non-exclusive distribution deal.

Prizes for Finalist Films: 

1st Place Jury Award: FUJI Finepix S8600 camera; Distribution Deal
2nd Place Jury Award: Jazz 36 Mirrorless Bag; Distribution Deal
3rd Place Jury Award: LowePro Dublin30 Pouch; Distribution Deal
4th & 5th Place Jury Award: Distribution Deal + Screening

AUDIENCE AWARDS provides filmmakers with the opportunity to gain exposure & accelerate your careers. We are committed to providing a stage for diverse, emerging talent and your creative work. Our democratized platform celebrates the power of storytelling and provides you with the tools to build an audience. Films submitted to opportunities on our site are juried by industry professionals and the global audience. The top films win prizes and screen at festivals around the world. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, we work to give you a leg up.

2 things: 

1. Your film will be publicly viewed, so make sure it’s the right time for your film to gain an online audience. If it’s too early for the public to watch your short film online, we invite you to come back next year and submit.

2. If you want your friends and family to vote for your film, share away. Audience voting greatly increases your views & exposure for your film and career, but social sharing is not necessary to win. The jury ultimately chooses the finalists and winners of the festival.

3. Your film may be invited to accept a distribution deal.



Aug 29, 2019 at 10:59am MDT (America/Denver)


Aug 29, 2019 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


Sep 05, 2019 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


Aug 09, 2019 at 12:00pm MDT (America/Denver)


1st Place Jury Award: FUJI Camera + Audfest Screening + 2 All-Access Passes

2nd Place Jury Award: Camera Bag + AudFest Screening + 2 All-Access Passes

3rd Place Jury Award: Toolkit Pouch + AudFest Screening + 2 All-Access Passes

4th Place Jury Award: AudFest Screening + 2 All-Access Passes

5th Place Jury Award: AudFest Screening + 2 All-Access Passes


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  • Earlybird Deadline:

    Feb 01, 2019 12:00pm (America/Denver)Entry Fee: $20

  • Regular Deadline:

    Jun 30, 2019 12:00pm (America/Denver)Entry Fee: $25

  • Late Deadline:

    Jul 31, 2019 12:00pm (America/Denver)Entry Fee: $30

  • Extended Deadline:

    Aug 29, 2019 10:59am (America/Denver)Entry Fee: $35

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Event Expiration Date: Aug 29, 2019

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