Festival will take place at the International Palms Resort, in beautiful Cocoa Beach, Florida. We are 2 hours east of the Orlando theme parks, an hour south of the Kennedy Space Center, and only a few steps from the beach.
"This is Cocoa Beach.
No snow, no ice"
Cocoa Beach, Florida
ONLY for films produced in the U.S. that are less than 15 minutes in length. Entries welcome from all 50 states. (Sorry, no music videos).
Our festival is for short films that are 15 minutes or less, produced anywhere in the United States. We welcome narratives, documentaries, PSAs, web series, trailers, and animation. (Sorry, no music videos or foreign films). Equal and fair consideration is given to ALL filmmakers, regardless of where you live, or the size of your budget.
We purposely keep our screening room small so that you have a very close interaction with your viewing audience. Our cozy screening room at INTERNATIONAL PALMS RESORT seats 45, so everyone has a great seat, and can get involved. Tickets to all shows are FREE for anyone who wishes to attend. So bring your whole cast, crew, and friends too! We have filmmaker Q&As after each block of films, and awards are handed out on both days of the festival.
Winners are selected by a panel of five judges, who carefully grade each film on its technical merits, acting, script, and entertainment value. The films with good audio and strong stories have the greatest chance of being selected. These “Official Selections” will all receive “festival laurels”, and will compete for awards such as "Best Cinematography", "Best Editing", and several other categories. Winners are announced each day immediately after the screenings, during our Q&A sessions.
Traveling to film festivals can be VERY expensive, so if you can't make it here to Cocoa Beach, don't worry. This will NOT affect the judging of your film in any fashion. "Official Selections" are chosen based on the merits of the FILMS, and NOT on "where you live". We love to show films from all over the U.S...and we do.
Award certificates will be presented in numerous categories, such as "Best Web Series"; "Best PSA"; "Best Documentary"; "Best Animation"; "Best Movie Trailer"; "Best Director"; "Best Short", and in many other categories. Winners who are unable to pick up their award in person will receive an "E-Certificate" via email, which looks great, and can be printed at home for your cast and crew. We have been able to keep our entry fees low and offer free admission to the screenings by eliminating the expensive frills such as red carpets and award banquets. We give out awards on the same day that your film is screened so that you don't have to stay overnight to see if you've won anything. We are filmmakers and understand what low budget means...
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