We are grateful to all the filmmakers and distributors who submitted their films to our festival: 5,074 submissions were received from 131 countries in addition to hundreds of other short films that were seen at other festivals or requested for consideration. See How do we evaluate films? to read about our evaluation process and to watch 12 films that have been in the fest.

We re-open for submissions on September 18 for the 12th Reel Shorts Film Festival May 8-14, 2018. We accept submissions on Film Freeway. There is no submission fee. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.

We pay screening fees to filmmakers, have enthusiastic audiences, and present juried awards for Best Live Action Short Under 15 Minutes, Best Live Action Short 15+ Minutes, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short, as well as an Audience Choice Award and Youth Audience Choice Award – see the 2017 award winners.