Frequently Asked Questions
1.) Will you waive my submission fee?
We do not make any exceptions regarding the entry fee. We understand that finding all the funds and resources necessary to complete a film is a difficult task, but it would not be fair to waive the fee in some cases and not in others. This way, the same rules apply to everyone.
2.) Alright, I have to pay the entry fee. Can I do it with a credit card?
Yes, after you fill out our online entry form you will see a tab option to pay fee using your credit card.
3.) How do I upload a clip/trailer to the LA Shorts Fest website?
You must be a member to upload content. To upload, the video has to be under 100MB, and one of the following formats:
mov, mpeg, mpg, mp4, wmv, asf, or avi. A clip in another format can be converted by uploading the file into either Windows Movie Maker or iMovies, then "published," which will save it as a wmv file, to be uploaded onto the website.
If you have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4.) Do you invite filmmakers to screen their films at the festival?
No. Many festivals will invite filmmakers to participate and subsequently waive the entry fee. But we feel that this is unfair to filmmakers who must pay the entry fee and are submitting to a festival that has invited 20% or more of the programmed films. We aim to provide a venue where all filmmakers are treated equally and without bias.
5.) My film has won awards in other festivals and has a celebrity cast so I’m going to submit it without the entry fee. And once you have seen it you will want me in your festival and I will not have to pay the entry fee, right?
Wrong. Under no circumstances do we view the film until the entry fee has been paid.
6.) Do you accept film submissions through Withoutabox?
No. You must submit directly to us by filling out our online entry form.
7.) How can I improve my chances of being selected?
There are intangible factors that go into the selection process, many of which are out of the filmmaker’s hands. However, there are a few things you might want to consider:
A.) Though it is not a requirement, we prefer films that are Los Angeles premiere. We will factor in previous screenings in the Los Angeles area when determining a films selection.
B.) Films must not have screened in a "shorts" festival in Los Angeles prior to our Festival. Trust us you do not want to screen in another shorts festival in LA.