5th Annual

California International Shorts Festival (Winter)

December 12, 2015 to December 13, 2015

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Encino CA 91436

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Shorts
Narrative short films. All Genres Accepted.
Documentary Shorts
Documentary Shorts. All Topics Accepted.
Animated Shorts
Animated Shorts.
Experimental Shorts
Experimental Films that do now follow a traditional narrative format.
Foreign Shorts
Films produced outside of the United States. All Genres Accepted.
Student Shorts
Student produced or directed films. All Genres Accepted
Music Video
Music Videos. All Genres Accepted.
Commercials. All topics and genres accepted. (Length of :30 seconds minimum and maximum 10 minutes)
Screenplays, Stage plays, and Teleplay's. All Genres and Topics Accepted. (Under 50 Pages)


Here at the California International Shorts Festival (CISF) our main purpose is to help and encourage independent filmmakers and writers by providing a showcase platform for their talents in a sociable networking environment.


The CISF is extremely excited for its Winter showcase season and plans on becoming one of the bigger independent short film showcase arenas around. The passion and commitment that each filmmaker and writer puts into his or her work deserves to be acknowledged. This is why we here at the California International Shorts Festival take tremendous pride in putting on a memorable event and screening the works of the many talented, dedicated and unsung filmmakers. CISF’s 9 categories of competition: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, Animated Shorts, Experimental Shorts, Student Shorts, Foreign Shorts, Music Videos, Commercials and Short Scripts. Screenings will take place in Hollywood CA (Los Angeles).


Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Experimental Short
Best Student Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Music Video
Best Commercial
Best Script
Honorable Mention


Timothy Zafer (Dir.)


CISF General Rules
The entry fee is per category.
Label DVD with the WAB Tracking ID, Film Title and Contact Info.
Submissions that are in any language other than English must be subtitled or dubbed.
Entries will not be returned.


The California International Shorts Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The Competition reserves the right to refuse entries.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The California International Shorts Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.