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. 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
Launch Your Career
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.
We know how frustrating it is to be declined and never know why. Every submission, whether selected or not, can receive constructive feedback on what works and what doesn’t. Prepare yourself for honesty—we don’t hold back!
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.
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?
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.
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
- Abstract fashion films with no or little story
- Films driven solely by special effects
- Commercials or purely promotional pieces (Branded films are okay)
- Timelapse/ travel photography films
- Comedy sketches based on a single punchline
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).
If Your Film is Selected,
- You will be provided with our Official Launch Guide to help you plan your launch.
- You will be asked to specify a launch date for when you would like to release your film, and we will do our best to accommodate that date in our schedule—more advanced notice is better.
- You will need to submit a copy of your film along with a press kit including film stills.
- You will be asked to fill out additional information about your film so we can write an in-depth review.
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 film trailers?
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.
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 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.
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.