LA Shorts Fest

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Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts)
LocationLos Angeles, California, United States

The LA Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts) founded by Robert Arentz in 1997 is one of the largest international short film festivals in the world[1] with more than 300 films screening annually.

In order to qualify for a short film award at the annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) you must meet the Rules and Eligibility criteria,[2] which includes qualification through awards at qualifying festivals. LA Shorts is the only film festival with 7 award categories recognized by the Academy Awards.

Now in its 26th year, LA Shorts is the longest-running short film festival in Los Angeles. The festival screens over 300 films and attracts over 10,000 attendees each year including Hollywood industry professionals and emerging independent filmmakers.

The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and award winners are eligible for Academy nomination.[3][4] LA Shorts is also an official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards.[5] and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT) presenters of the Canadian Screen Awards – eligible international film festivals. An official qualifying film festival by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain Goya Awards.

LA Shorts alumni directors include Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Paul Haggis, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Louis D'Esposito, Terry Gilliam, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Vin Diesel, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Luke Wilson, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais and many more.[6]

The Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival is held annually at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. The official screening venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14.[6]


In 2010, MovieMaker magazine reported that a total of 33 LA Shorts Fest winners had earned Academy Award nominations, with 11 filmmakers taking home the Oscar[7]

According to Film Festival Life, LA Shorts Fest is the only film festival with seven award categories recognized by the Academy Awards. It reported this year that a total of 44 LA Shorts Fest winners have progressed through to become Academy Award nominees, with 14 filmmakers taking home an Oscar.[8]


The festival has honored Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Robert Wise.[9]


  1. ^ Zero Short Film
  2. ^ "Rules And Eligibility for Short Film Awards At The Oscars". The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  3. ^ "LA Shorts Fest". Archived from the original on 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  4. ^ "Oscars short films qualifying festival list" (PDF). Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  5. ^ "BAFTA 2014/15: RECOGNISED SHORT FILM FESTIVALS LIST" (PDF). BAFTA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ a b Nikas, Kosta. "2011 Award Winners". 15th LA Shorts Fest (2011). Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  7. ^ "LA Shorts Fest". MovieMaker. July 2, 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Film Festival Life - LA Shorts Fest". Film Festival Life. Film Festival LIfe Magazine. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  9. ^ "LAShortsFest". LAShortsFest. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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