LA Shorts International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world. The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
LA Shorts is the first and longest running short film festival in Los Angeles. The festival attracts over 8,000 attendees each year including Hollywood industry professionals and emerging undiscovered independent filmmakers.
- 2019 Oscar nominees include 4 films from LA Shorts
- 2018 Oscar nominees included 4 films from LA Shorts.
- 2017 Oscar nominees included 3 films from LA Shorts.
- 2016 Oscar winners in Live Action Short and Animated Short from LA Shorts.
A total of 58 LA Shorts filmmakers have earned Academy Award® nominations, with 15 taking home the Oscar.
LA Shorts is an official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards. Award-winners at the festival are eligible to win BAFTA's
LA Shorts is recognize by The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards.
Those who have been honored at the festival include directors, Jon Favreau, Paul Haggis, Bryan Singer, Jan de Bont, Shane Black, and actors Gary Oldman, James Woods, Martin Landau and Richard Dreyfuss.
Many recognized actors and directors have screened films and attended the festival such as Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox, Tim Burton, Jason Reitman, Terry Gilliam, Spike Jonze, Eva Mendes, Jessica Biel, Rachel Weisz, Hilary Swank, Josh Brolin, Kirsten Dunst, Rita Wilson, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais, Vin Diesel, John Stamos, Dean Cain, Matthew Modine, Michael Flatley, Bai Ling and Robin Wright.
LA Shorts annually attracts more than 8,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment professionals looking for new talent.
The film programming screens all genres from a wide spectrum of categories with high to low budget films under 45 minutes. From recognizable celebrities directors and actors to the finest student films from college and even some high schoolers- its all here!
Opening Night Gala, Closing Night Awards Ceremony, Industry panels & workshops. Parties and much much more fun excitement and special surprises.
The 23rd annual LA Shorts International Film Festival will be held at L.A. LIVE Regal Cinemas and the Laemmle NoHo Theatres.
L.A. LIVE is a sports & entertainment district in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center featuring Microsoft Theatre and The Novo, the Grammy Museum, the 14-screen Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 theatre, and ESPN broadcasting studios
"It was an honor to be in such good company. The quality of the selections that I was able to see during the festival was across-the-board phenomenal. There's a good reason that the festival is an Academy/BAFTA/CSA Qualifier. Mike and I are both in the process of getting features off of the ground now."
Thank you again for a great festival.
Bob McKeon / Mike Donnelly
LA Shorts Alumni
Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Paul Haggis, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Louis D'Esposito, Terry Gilliam, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Vin Diesel, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais and many more.
Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, some of these films may go on to receive Oscar nominations.
British Academy of Film and Television Arts
Official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards. Award-winners at the festival are eligible to win BAFTA's
Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
ACCT presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards – eligible international film festivals
British Independent Film Awards
BIFA qualifying festival - UK's only awards ceremony exclusively for independent film.