About the Festival

The ShortList Film Festival 2016 was held on August 9 - 23. Thousands of you watched and voted on the best short films from around the world from among 12 finalists. On August 24 we were thrilled to award the following prizes: 

  • Maïmouna Doucouré's "Maman(s)," the story of an 8-year-old girl in Paris whose father returns home from Senegal to his family with a second wife, won the IMAX Industry Prize
  • Jim Cummings' "Thunder Road" won the Creators League Prize, presented by PepsiCo. Writer-director Cummings plays a police officer who offers an emotional and unconventional eulogy at this mother’s funeral inspired by Bruce Springsteen.
  • David Hansen's "Slingshot" won the Audience Award by receiving the most votes from viewers visiting the ShortList website since nominations were announced on August 9. The film follows a 10-year-old boy named Frankie whose summer vacation at a run-down trailer park takes an unexpected romantic turn when he meets 10-year-old Tayla.

Also read: Slingshot,’ ‘Maman(s)’ and ‘Thunder Road’ Take Prizes at TheWrap’s ShortList 2016 Film Festival


The ShortList Film Festival is not like most film festivals. We select twelve of the best award-winning short films that have premiered at a major festival in the past year, making this the most highly competitive film festival of its kind.

The 2015 ShortList Audience and Jury winner, "Bear Story," won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. 

The Award-Winning Shorts Competition is for films up to 20 minutes in length that have received an award. Twelve of the best award-winning shorts that have premiered as a major festival in the past year will be selected, making this the most highly-competitive film festival of its kind.

All ShortList films streamed from August 9-23 on this site.

The winners each received $5,000 prizes, along with introductory meetings and tours with key Hollywood companies. 

Finalists have the opportunity to promote their film to fans and friends who can then vote online.  

Prizes in 2016 include the Audience Prize awarded to the film who receives the most votes online. The Industry Prize is awarded by a distinguished panel of experts in independent film. The Creators League Prize winner is chosen by PepsiCo. All 3 winning films will recieve a $5,000 cash prize. Winners are presented at our live event in Los Angeles, California. 

Check this site for information about the ShortList Film Festival for 2017.  




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