Festival Rules:

- International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) is open to all filmmakers. We do not curate or censor submissions, and do not discriminate against filmmakers. Short films accepted can be amateur, independent or professional.

- All submissions must agree to have a film's promotional material, including a film's poster and artwork, used by the International Shorts Film Festival (ISFF) in order to promote the submitted film and filmmaker.

Submissions for 2020 are open...

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Category Rules:

- Best Short Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Short Film' a work must be no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Drama: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Drama' a work must be dramatic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Comedy: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Comedy' a work must be comedic in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Horror: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Horror' a work must be horrific in nature, and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best LGBTIQ Short Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best LGBTIQ Short Film' a work must associate with the LGBTIQ communities in theme, and be no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories. No documentaries will be considered in this category.

- Best Performance: performances from films submitted into the 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror' and 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' categories will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Director: all directors of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror', 'Best Animated Short', 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Writing: all writer of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror', 'Best Animated Short, 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Cinematography: all cinematographers of work submitted into 'Best Short Film', 'Best Drama', 'Best Comedy', 'Best Horror', 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' and 'Best Documentary Short Subject' will be automatically considered in this category. This is a gender-neutral category with no submission fee.

- Best Animated Short: to be eligible to enter the category of 'Best Animated Short' category your film must consist of more than 75% original animated material. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Director' and 'Best Writing' categories if relevant.

- Best Adult or Erotic Film: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Adult or Erotic Film' a work must be adult or erotic in nature. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Performance', 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories.

- Best Documentary Short Subject: to be eligible to submit to the category for 'Best Documentary Short Subject', the work must be non-fiction and no longer than 30 minutes. All submissions are automatically entered considered in the 'Best Director', 'Best Writing' and 'Best Cinematography' categories.

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