Want to be part of Film Shortage’s incredible selection? Select the type of package for your Short Film, Short Film Trailer or Short Crowdfunding Campaign to submit.
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Business As Usual.
Submission is completely free. We try our best to watch every single short, but cannot guarantee it.
Selected films are placed in our queue line, which can take several months, sometimes up to a year before being featured due to our numerous amount of submissions combined with priorities given to the Premium picks.
- Instant short review with critical feedback within a week from our team – even if not selected.
- Selected films will be featured on Film Shortage within 2 weeks.
- Premium Trailer submissions are only $5.
- If selected for a Featured Short, a portion of your payment will be invested into social media promotions for your film.
- We work with you to select the best Online Premiere date for your film.
- Be featured with an awesome cinemagraph cover and a cool InstaTrailer on our Instagram feed.*
*Cinemagraphs and InstaTrailers can only be created if your short film style permit us to do so.
*We cannot in any circumstances reimburse a payment, so we trust you are sure about
Some Happy Filmmakers…
We were already aware that Film shortage was a trusted curator of short films. But for us, it was not only a beautiful venue to showcase our online premiere, but also a great launching pad for getting other notice including a Vimeo Staff Pick and featured on Gizmodo.
-Gabriel Olson, The Bridge Partner
Film Shortage was an integral part of getting the word out fast when we went live with Epilogue. They helped us reach over 200K views around the world and we couldn’t have done it without them.
-Eddy Vallante, Producer, Amalgamated Picture Co., Epilogue
Why select Premium?
The Premium Package allows the submitted film to be prioritized ahead of the free submissions, where they will be notified if the film has been selected or not, along with a feedback review. In addition, your film will be skipping the long queue line from the free submission, and can be featured within a 10-day timeframe.
We work very hard at keeping Film Shortage running, and even though watching films might sound easy, it is a very time-consuming process. The submission fees help us keep things running, and gives us an opportunity to keep investing to growing, benefiting your film as well.
Where Does The Money Go?
Film Shortage is a non-profit organization, created with a dedicated passion. Your donations will go to keeping the site running covering maintenance costs and providing a better service to our viewers. We will also be returning a portion of the donations in form of promotional investment for featured films (premium submissions only). Payments are made through secure PayPal.
See what you can be a part of
We love short films, more importantly we love watching them! Send us your films, we promise we will take the time to watch each submitted short with great attention. Our team will carefully select the short films we believe will have a great story to tell, or is just simply mind-blowing. We are only able to feature a small percentage of the many submitted shorts, but we try to expose as many deserving shorts as we can with our must-watch Daily Short Picks and Vimeo Channel. With the thousands of films received it is impossible to please everyone, filmmaking can be a harsh competitive field, but there are no bad films or failures, only exponential learning curves!
What Can You Submit?
Film Shortage’s main focus will be the ‘Featured Short‘. What does your film need to be featured? Simply enough it needs to be good! We like well scripted stories, and we like them even better if they are well shot! Although we encourage narrative shorts, we will accept any type of short film if we think it is exceptional. We accept shorts of any budget category, but strongly encourage the low-budget productions. Films should preferably be under 20 minutes.
Read the in-depth analysis of the films we like
We love trailers! If you have a trailer for your short film, send it to us we will post it on our ‘Short Trailers‘ page. Our goal is to help you promote your film as much as we can, trailers are a great way to give your viewers a tease.
Québec Short Films
Being based in Montréal, we strongly encourage shorts that are made in Québec or by a Québecois (in any languange). Submit us your short and we will feature it in our ‘Films de chez nous‘ section. These shorts could also be selected as main features.
Crowdfunding is becoming an essential part of short films, where more and more directors and producers are turning to the crowds to gather more funding for their project. We now feature crowdfunding projects that we really dig!