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submissions for the 2019 Robinson Competition ARE NOW CLOSED.

The Robinson International Short Film Competition celebrates the greatest in Jewish-themed short filmmaking from around the globe. Each year the competition awards over $18,000 in cash prizes for documentary, narrative, and animated shorts, and the winning filmmakers are honored at an awards ceremony in Pittsburgh.


The Robinson International Short Film Competition 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 screenings or TV broadcasts)
  • Films completed in 2016 or later
  • Foreign language films must have English subtitles
  • Length: thirty-five (35) minutes or less
  • Acceptable genres include narrative, documentary, or animated films
  • Submissions must contain an essence of Jewishness as represented by theme, history or culture
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
  • Languages spoken in film
  • Type of film (narrative, doc or animated)
  • Length of film
  • Screening and broadcast history
  • Honors and awards
  • Filmmaker’s contact information
  • Biography (100 word maximum)
  • Personal statement (100 word maximum)

Entry Format:

Please submit via an online link. All submitted films are previewed by the Film Pittsburgh staff. Semi-finalists’ films will be viewed by the competition’s jurors.


Entries are due by November 30, 2018

Entry Fees

Through August 31: $15
Through October 31: $25
After October 31: $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.

Awards and Presentation

Up to ten films will be selected for presentation at the Awards Gala on May 21, 2019. One Gold Prize of $10,000 will be awarded. Two Silver Prizes at $4,000 each will be awarded. Gold and Silver Prizes will be announced immediately following the screening.

All finalist films will be shown, and all finalists are invited to attend. By submitting your film, you give Film Pittsburgh the right to exhibit your film at the Robinson Awards Gala even if it is not a prize winner.


Finalists will be notified in March of their selection. The three prize winners will be flown to Pittsburgh for the Awards Gala.

Production Deliverables for Finalists

One DCP with the finalists’ films will be compiled for exhibition at the Awards Gala. If your film is a finalist, the following ProResHQ QuickTime file must be submitted.

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

The above mentioned 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.

Submit your Film

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 competition, 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. By submitting your film you give Film Pittsburgh the right to exhibit your film at the Robinson Awards Gala even if it is not a prize winner. Prize winners may 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 competition, 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.