Pittsburgh Shorts

Pittsburgh Shorts is a new festival produced by Film Pittsburgh highlighting the best short films from around the world. The 2017 event will take place October 25 – 29 at the August Wilson Center in the heart of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. The festival is a partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.


Pittsburgh Shorts is open to any and all independent filmmakers, including college and graduate level film students, as well as professionals in the field. Eligible films must adhere to the following criteria:

  • Must be a Pittsburgh premiere (no prior public Pittsburgh screening or TV broadcast)
  • Films completed in 2015 or later
  • Foreign language films must have English subtitles
  • Length: forty (40) minutes or less

Entry Form

All applicants must complete an online entry form. Entrants may submit more than one film. Each entry requires a separate entry form and fee.

The following info is needed to complete the entry form:

        • Film synopsis (50 word maximum)
        • Country of origin
        • Type of film
        • Length of film
        • Screening and broadcast history
        • Honors and awards
        • Filmmaker’s contact information, biography (50 word maximum), and personal statement (50 word maximum)

Entry Format:
Please submit via an online link.


Deadline: Entries are due August 31, 2017

Entry Fees

By May 31: $15
By July 31: 
After July 31: 

Payments must be made online with a credit card or mailed in the form of a U.S. bank check or money order. Personal checks from outside the U.S. are not accepted. Do not send cash.


A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to Best Narrative, Best Documentary, and Best Animated film. All submitted films are reviewed by Film Pittsburgh staff. Finalists’ films will be made available for the festival’s jurors on Film Pittsburgh’s private online viewing site.

Production Deliverables

For selected films, a ProResHQ QuickTime file must be submitted as follows:

  • 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • 24 Frames Per Second (23.98fps is also accepted)
  • 1 Audio (Stereo is acceptable if no 5.1 exists)
  • Delivered as: ProResHQ QuickTime

The above specs are the preferred deliverable. If your project settings do not match, a master quality file of your project in its native framerate and resolution is acceptable.

Terms and Conditions

Film Pittsburgh is not responsible for late, lost, damaged or ineligible entries. Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their submitted films. By entering this festival, the entrant certifies that they have the legal right to submit and exhibit the film. The applicant is responsible and liable for any breach of rights or the law in the submission and exhibition process. Award winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their short film is original and that he/she holds all rights. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winners. The undersigned assumes responsibility to ensure the submission payment information is complete and correct and agrees to reimburse Film Pittsburgh for any additional fees incurred by incorrect submission payments, submission disputes, and credit card chargebacks. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Film Pittsburgh for any and all fees, claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving submission payment disputes, copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the content submitted and/or screened. By entering the festival, the entrant grants the right to publish or transmit portions of the film for the purpose of press or promotion, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, entry constitutes permission to use winners’ name, likeness, and voice for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Void where prohibited.