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
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)
Please submit via an online link.
Deadline: Entries are due by August 15, 2018
By July 15: $25
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.
Selected films will need to be submitted as follows:
Preferred format: ProResHQ 422 QuickTime File
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.