Short Short Story Film Festival

16th Edition - 2023

2024 Submissions

We will be accepting submissions for the 2024 festival in August. Please do not submit films before that time.

Submission Requirements

There is no fee to submit a film for consideration.

The length of the film including all credits must be at least 1 minute (1:00:00) and shorter than 6 minutes (5:59:23 for 24fps).

The film must tell a story; this excludes public service announcements, trailers, music videos, non-narrative experimental pieces, etc.

Whether a piece is truly narrative is at the discretion of the submission review panel.

All genres and styles are considered, including live action and animation, documentary and fiction, drama and comedy, etc.

For 2024, we prefer films completed in 2024 or 2023. Films completed in 2022 may also be considered. Earlier films are ineligible.

Note that as we don't charge submission fees, we are also unable to pay screening fees for any film.

Technical Guidelines

Resolution/Dimensions: 1080p, 2K, or 4K.

Codec: H.264/AVC or H.265/HEVC preferred. ProRes acceptable (file will be converted before screening)

Frame rate: 24 or 25 fps

Bit Rate: Between 5 Mbps and 20 Mbps, depending on resulting file size

File Size: Ideally around 500 MB, depending on length, maximum 1.0 GB

Subtitles: Embedded preferred but can accept .srt files or similar

As of January 2023, we are not accepting DCP submissions.

Other Recommendations

None of the following criteria disqualify a film but may count against films in consideration for acceptance:

  • Films under two minutes (2:00:00)
  • Films from 2022
  • Films available publicly online
  • Films that have played extensively in the US (especially northeastern US)
  • Subtitle problems (too small, poor contrast, excessive grammar/spelling errors)

Sending Film Files

To submit a file, you can send the film file to our WeTransfer page directly.

Otherwise, use a service such WeTransfer, DropBox, or Google Drive. Share with email address

Filmmakers accepted into the festival are strongly encouraged to provide a photo of the filmmaker, along with film stills and any other promotional material.