SInce 1998, Aurora's annual Extremely Shorts FIlm Festival has presented hundreds of adventurous short films, as well as hosting guest jurors, visiting filmmakers, and enthusiastic audience! This is an open-call, juried competition of three-minute-or-shorter films and videos of all kinds and from around the world. Each year, a different guest juror (an esteemed artist, organizer, or curator) selects 20-25 mini-masterpieces to be shown at the festival, held at Aurora Picture Show in Houston each May. Cash awards are given for Audience Choice and Juror Award. The short format of the festival encourages its eclectic experience, involving a range of creative approaches and genres including narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation. The festival is famously fun, adventurous, and beyond category!

Due to the current health risks of public gathering, the physical festival's screenings, guests, and celebrations will not be happening as planned. As an alternative, Aurora is happy to present a special online-only Extremely Shorts festival program, available to stream May 15-22 on the homepage of this website, with online voting for the Audience Award. The guest juror for the 2020 festival is Mexico City-based artist and writer Miguel Calderón.

The deadline to submit a film for the 2020 festival has now passed. The world-wide open call for submissions for the 2021 festival will open in October 2020 with a deadline of Feb. 29 (Late deadline: March 20). Submissions are made through the festival page on Film Freeway (click the button below). Aurora Picture Show members may request a code to waive submission fee.

A 20-year survey of Extremely Shorts premiered in Houston in 2018, and has since travelled to screen at alternative venues around the country. 


Selected short films from previous festivals are currently featured on our Satellites page.
Check out the history of Extremely Shorts Film Festival, 1998-present here...
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