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Extremely Shorts Film Festival

Submit your short film

Regular Deadline: March 23, 2015
Late Deadline: April 1, 2015
Notification Date: May 1, 2015
Event Date: June 5-6, 2015

Aurora Picture Show is currently accepting submissions for Extremely Shorts Film Festival.

  • Please read all the submission guidelines.
  • Submissions must be emailed by the specified deadline date.
  • Entry fee is $15 per title for early deadline and $20 per title for late deadline.
  • Aurora Picture Show members receive a voucher for free entry (Up to three entries). To join Aurora, visit the web site & click on membership.
  • We give out cash awards for Audience Choice 1st ($200), 2nd ($150), and 3rd ($75) place. Awards are given on the 2nd night of the festival during the reception.

Started in 1998, the Extremely Shorts Festival is a juried competition of adventurous three-minute or shorter films and videos from around the world. Each year a different juror (esteemed filmmaker, film programmer or arts curator) selects 20-25 mini-masterpieces to be shown at a two day screening event. Audience Choice cash awards are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The short format of the festival encourages innovative approaches to movie-making in a range of genres including narrative, art, experimental, documentary and animation.

The Extremely Shorts Film Festival and it's sibling festival, the Extremely Young Film Festival, are made possible thanks in part to the support of Whole Foods Market Houston.


Jolene Pinder is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Film Society, the organization responsible for the New Orleans Film Festival. Prior to assuming that role, she worked at Arts Engine in New York for three and half years as a documentary film producer and Director of the Media That Matters Film Festival. While there, she was a Consulting Producer on Pushing the Elephant (broadcast on Independent Lens in March 2011) and a Producer and Director of Photography on the documentary (A)sexual. She directed the short film "Bismillah" which won first place at the 2008 Student Emmys and was the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award. In 2012, Jolene was named by New Orleans’ weekly magazine Gambit to their annual “40 Under 40” list that honors the contributions of 40 New Orleans residents under 40. Jolene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida’s Documentary

Full details are available at Without A Box and Film Freeway.

The Extremely Shorts Film Festival is committed to thoroughly reviewing all submitted films. Our screening & selection process is designed to effectively and efficiently review a significant body of work from across the world, by identifying and selecting the films best-suited for festival programming. All submitted films are reviewed by a juror who has a background in film, new media and/or the arts.

All submitting filmmakers will be notified by the email provided at the time of submission. If your film is selected for the festival program, you must provide an exhibition copy. Film stills, brief synopsis and short bios will also be requested for the program and promotional materials. 

The following will apply if your work is selected:
  • My film/video will be screened during the Extremely Shorts Film Festival and will be eligible to win a filmmaker award.
  • My film/video may be utilized for promotional purposes of the festival, limited to private screenings and preview-only copies for press and supporters.
  • A sample clip of my film/video (up to 30 seconds in length) may be promoted via the Aurora Picture Show web site and Vimeo or YouTube Nonprofit channels, unless otherwise arranged with Aurora.
  • I will permit Aurora Picture Show to use my name and stills from my film/video (at least one print-quality version provided upon request) for promotional purposes.
  • You have the option to give permission for your film to be included on a touring program and in the Aurora Video Library. Filmmakers are always contacted prior to any additional screening. 

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