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. Our team is made up of the industry’s top short film curators from Sundance, Vimeo, Tribeca, and Toronto. We know great film! Learn More about the Team
Whether you’re looking to break into the feature film industry, television, or fund your next project, Short of the Week is where the entertainment industry executives, agents, distributors, and producers are now looking for the next generation of storytellers. Short of the Week filmmakers have gone on to do great things with 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 key industry influencers in advance 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)
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
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:
Another great way to determine what we are after is to simply watch the films we have featured thus far. You can get a good sense of our taste by looking at what we have curated in the past.
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:
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 metrics).
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.
Yes. Sending a trailer 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 trailer, 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.
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 trailer, 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.
No. We operate independently and there is no connection between the two services. All curatorial and editorial decisions are made independently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not at this time.