A New Kind of Festival
Short of the Week is the top destination for short films, a trusted source by fans and industry since 2007, showcasing work from the next generation of storytellers.
Find Your Audience
You’ve worked tirelessly on your film—it deserves an audience. On Short of the Week, your film takes front page on the internet’s number one destination for short films where you’ll find thousands (and sometimes millions!) of new fans.
Launch Your Career
Whether you’re looking to break into the film industry, television, find an agent, sell your feature script, or fund your next project, Short of the Week is the scouting ground where the entertainment industry executives, agents, distributors, and producers look for the next generation of daring storytellers. Short of the Week filmmakers have gone on to do great work with partners like Netflix, Sundance, Fox, Warner, Disney, Hulu, WME, CAA, New York Times, and many more. We will help you coordinate your launch and seed your film with industry influencers to maximize impact.
Don’t wait months for an answer. You’ve got plans to make and films to shoot. Get a final response from us within 7 days.
Not ready to launch yet? Whether you’re still finalizing your film or finishing up a festival run, you can still submit your film to take advantage of our industry network and help us make the most of your film launch.
We know how frustrating it is to be declined and never know why. Now you can receive constructive feedback from the best curation team on what works and what doesn’t. (Additional fee)
Before You Submit
- Length: Films need to be 40 minutes or less. We prefer most films sit on the shorter end of that spectrum—the average film we feature is 10 minutes. The longer your film (over 15 minutes), the tougher judges we tend to be.
- Premiere Status: No premiere status is required, however, we give preference to films that haven’t yet premiered online. So, don’t wait to submit your film.
- Rights: We require films to have all necessary rights and releases secured for us to feature them. Yes, this includes music.
- Free to View: We only select films that are free for audiences.
What to Expect
Learn more about why we do submissions the way we do, what we look for in a film, and see examples of real feedback we offer. Learn more
What We Look For
We look for great stories that brave new territory. We value great characters, interesting new worlds, and stories that surprise us over fancy visual effects, famous actors, or silly one-liners that often feed much of online videos. So when screening films, we tend to score them based on three attributes:
- Head—Does it break new ground and have us thinking about something in a new way?
- Heart—Does it stir us emotionally?
- Hand—Does it exhibit great skill and craftsmanship?
The best way to understand what we look for is to watch the short films in our collection. You can get a good sense of our taste by looking at what we have curated in the past.
What We Avoid
We have no hard and fast rules. Every film is different and there are always exceptions. In general, though, the following tend to not be a good fit for us:
- Music videos or abstract films with no or little story
- Films driven solely by special effects
- Commercials or purely promotional pieces (Branded films are okay)
- Timelapse/travel photography videos
- Comedies that rely heavily upon on a single punchline
- Profile documentaries that may be interesting but lack a strong narrative arc
Unfortunately we cannot refund a submission fee once you’ve submitted your film. Please make absolutely sure you want to submit your film before doing so.
As with other festivals, your fee is paid for your film to be considered. By no means does submitting your film guarantee that your film will be accepted for Short of the Week. If your film is not accepted, your submission fee is not refunded. We receive thousands of submissions every year and only about 4% are selected (Learn more about our selection process).
If Your Film is Selected,
For every selected film, we employ a unique strategy we’ve developed that we call Be Everywhere At Once. This means we will be your launch partner and provide our expertise gained from launching thousands of films to tailor a strategy for your film’s online launch that maximizes for impact. We will get your film in front of audiences on all the major platforms—YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter—and seed it with key media and industry players.
Once selected, the fun begins! The first thing we want to know is more about you—your preferences for things like launch date, your hopes for your film, and perhaps most importantly, where you want to go as a filmmaker.
- You will have the opportunity to specify a preferred launch date for your film, and we will do our best to accommodate—more advanced notice is better.
Will releasing my film online hurt my chances at film festivals?
This is one of the biggest scares for filmmakers (it was ours, too). So we did the research and found that 2/3rds of the top film festivals will accept online films (66% in 2013). And with heavyweights like Sundance and SXSW leading the charge, this is clearly a growing trend. If you want to know about a specific festival, take a look at our Essential List of Festival Eligibility to see if the festivals you’re considering are online-friendly.
Do you accept incomplete films (for example, a film with scratch music)?
Yes. Sending an incomplete film is a great way to get a film on our radar early so that we can best help coordinate a successful launch. If we like your film, we will tentatively accept it. You’ll then be asked to resubmit the final cut (at no extra charge) where we’ll deliver our final verdict.
Is Short of the Week affiliated with Vimeo?
No. We operate independently and there is no connection between the two services. All curatorial and editorial decisions are made independently.
If I’m accepted to Short of the Week, will I be a Staff Pick on Vimeo?
No. We have no affiliation with Vimeo. While there is certainly overlap between the films we feature and those selected by Vimeo and other film curation sites, we operate under completely independent curatorial guidelines.
Where should I host my film for the submission?
We prefer films be uploaded to either Vimeo or YouTube. If your film is not yet released, be sure you keep your film private by setting a password on Vimeo or setting it to unlisted on YouTube.
If I’m accepted, can Short of the Week guarantee that my film will go viral?
No, and no one can guarantee that your film will go viral. If anyone tells you differently, they’re simply lying. Number of views is no longer the goal for short films and it shouldn’t be yours. We look to connect your story with producers, agents, and others in the industry who can get you to the next step in your film career.
Do you require any exclusivity?
No. We know how harmful exclusivity deals can be to filmmakers. They can tie your film up in a losing distribution channel for months or years and there’s nothing you can do. At Short of the Week, your film becomes part of our very popular archive that is completely searchable by style, genre, and keywords for as long as you wish it to be. If you land a big deal that requires you to pull your film down, we’ll congratulate you and give you a virtual high-5 not throw a contract in your face. Details are in our human-readable licensing agreement.
Do you only feature one film a week?
Not anymore. Way back when we first started in 2007, we only posted one film a week (hence the name!). But, now, we feature a film almost every day. The “of the week” moniker has stuck, however.
Do you offer submission fee waivers?
Not at this time.