Pittsburgh Shorts


Submissions are now closed for the 2018 Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival. To stay up to date with submission opportunities, signup for email updates.

Pittsburgh Shorts highlights the best short films from around the world. The 2017 festival featured 90 films from 20 countries.

The 2018 event takes place November 14 – 18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


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 2016 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 (100 word maximum), and personal statement (100 word maximum)

Entry Format:
Please submit via an online link.


Deadline: Entries are due by August 15, 2018

Entry Fees

After July 15: $35

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.

Audience Awards will be voted on during the festival for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Comedy, and Best Student film.


Filmmakers will be notified of their selection status by September 7, 2018.

Production Deliverables

Selected films will need to be submitted as follows:

Preferred format: ProResHQ 422 QuickTime File

Also acceptable:
H264 QuickTime File (must be a maximum quality – 30mb/s or higher)
MP4 (must be a maximum quality MP4 – 30mb/s or higher)

  • 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • 24 Frames Per Second (23.98fps is also accepted)
  • 5.1 Audio (Stereo is also accepted)

The above-mentioned specs are preferred. 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.