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Mexico International Short Film Festival


SHORTS MEXICO - Mexico International Short Film Festival call for entries begins February 15th through May 31st ,2021 at 23:59 (CST) Mexico City. We are open to receive Short Films from all over the world inviting all production genres.


SHORTS MEXICO is an exhibition platform specializing in short films. It promotes cinema creative expressions, diverse voices, distinctive and innovative visions, bold quality films from filmmakers from all over the world. SHORTS MEXICO has become the biggest International short film festival in Latin America. At SHORTS MEXICO we encourage the growth and development of short films as well as the filmmakers’. The 16th Edition of SHORTS MEXICO will be held from September 1st through the 8th 2021 in Mexico City.
The cycle "Noche de Shorts México" takes place throughout the year and features previews, exhibitions, retrospectives and master classes. The Shorts Mexico Tour includes the towns and villages of the Mexico, as well as several countries. The Shorts Mexico Academy conference cycle includes an academic offer aimed at developing professionalization in various specialized areas of filmmaking. The festival will present the short film pitching contest “Competencia de Pitching de Cortometraje Shorts México 2021” with the goal of encouraging and promoting the creation and production of quality films.

SHORTS MEXICO´S main venues are: The National Cinematheque of Mexico, Cinemex (The world's sixth largest cinema company) venue Reforma 222, Vasconcelos Library, Centro Cultural Bella Época - Cine Lido, Mexico City´s Cultural Centers, among others.


INTERNATIONAL Competition (Live Action, Animation and Documentary)
IBEROAMERICAN Competition (Live Action, Animation and Documentary)
MEXICAN Competition (Live Action, Animation, Documentary and NeoMex)


World Cinema
Indigenous Peoples
Queer Shorts (LGBTTTQ+)
Fantascorto (Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror)
Ecoshorts (Environmental Conservation)
International (Live Action, Documentary)

Pueblos Indígenas y Originarios
Mujeres Mexicanas en el Cine
Mexican (Live Action, Documentary)
Queer Shorts (LGBTTTQ+)
Fantascorto (Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror)
Infantil – Kids
Ecoshorts (conservación ambiental)
Funshorts (Cine de Comedia)


Entries are open from February 15th to May 31st ,2021 at 23:59 (CST) Mexico City.
Registrations to SHORTS MEXICO 2021 will be held through the following online

FESTHOME https://festhome.com/es/festival/shorts-mexico-festival-internacional-de-cortometrajes-de-mexico

Registration is free for mexican short films from February 15th to February 21st.
All registered short films have the exact same process, regardless of the stage of registration that is chosen, late registrations are processed and watched exactly the same way as the early and intermediate ones, the only difference is the fee.

We suggest you register your short film as soon as possible to take advantage of the most affordable fees.

Early registration:
Mexican short films February 5th to February 20th, €0 (euros).
Foreign short films February 15th to February 21st, €15 (euros).

Intermediate Registration:
Mexican short films February 21st to April 10 th, €15 (euros).
Foreign short films February 21st to April 10 th, €22 (euros).

Late Registration:
Mexican short films April 11th to May 31st , €22 (euros).
Foreign short films April 11th to May 31st, €29(euros).


Short films produced between 2019 and 2021 may participate. The programming committee may make exceptions in the year of production.
For all sections, short films digitally recorded or filmed in 35mm, 16mm, 8mm will be accepted, the exhibition format is DCP, Blu-ray, DVD, Video File .mov H.264 AAC 1920 X 1980 with on-screen spanish subtitles embedded.
Eligible short films must have a maximum duration of 30 minutes (The selection committee may make exceptions).
It is not required for shorts films that are not mexican to have been premiere in Mexico. Short films that have been screened at any other international festival can participate.
The publication of SHORTS MEXICO 2021´S official selection will be held on July 22nd 2020, through social networks, fan pages of SHORTS MEXICO and the official website of the festival www.shortsmexico.com
All information required for catalog, press kits, and promotional material of the selected short films, must be sent to programacionshortsmexico@gmail.com
Participants can register an unlimited number of works. Short films may not be withdrawn from competition under any circumstances, once their participation is accepted.
It is mandatory to sign the authorization letter and approval of the festival’s rules, by the legal representative of the audiovisual production, the failure to do so implies immediate disqualification.
The festival does not return any copies of the films submitted, except for the DCP.
The selection committee's decision is final.

International Competition

Short films made in any video format are accepted. Short films must have spanish subtitled and can be produced anywhere in the world.

Iberoamerican Competition

Short films made in any video format are accepted. The production must be Iberoamerican, regardless of the nationality of the director and the place or country of filming.

Short films must have english subtitles, at the exception of the films coming from Portugal and Brasil, that must have spanish subtitles. Short film productions from Spain, Portugal and any Latin American country are part of the Iberoamerican category.

Mexican competition

Short films made in any video format are accepted. The production must be mexican, regardless of the nationality of the director and the place or country of filming. Short films must be subtitled in English, at the exception of the productions whose original language is not Spanish, they must be subtitled in Spanish.


Selected works should be sent in a USB 3.0 with the short film and trailer in a digital file: .mov H.264 AAC 1920 X 1980 with on-screen english subtitles embedded, a .srt file and the list of dialogues of the production in spanish and english.
If your short film is selected you have to submit two Blu-rays, with on-screen spanish subtitles embedded, if the original language is other than spanish or subtitled in english if the original language is spanish.
By submitting a short film to the festival, the people owning the rights of the film accept the rules and regulations thoroughly expressed in this document, consequently, authorize to exhibit the film during the dates and venues determined by SHORTS MEXICO.
The DCP format is accepted by the festival.
People owning the rights of the film, must assure having the rights to exhibit the film.

People owning the rights of the film, release SHORTS MEXICO, and any of their representatives, affiliates, coordinators, operators, programmers, directors, clerks,
from any claim or legal issue, that arise from the exhibition of the film at SHORTS MEXICO film festival´s venues and Tour.
If the owner of the short film does not deliver the material required by the SHORTS MEXICO´S committee, in the dates and deadlines provided, they will be disqualified.

Competitive sections of the festival will be awarded by a jury chosen by the festival´s committee that will be composed of renowned personalities and professionals of the film industry and juries from different artistic disciplines.
Jury's decisions are final.


World Award - Shorts Mexico
Best short film in all the competing categories regarding the International and Ibero-American sections.

Cash Prize 300.00 € Taxes included
Statuette and Diploma.

Best International Live Action Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best International Animation Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best International Documentary Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best Ibero American Live Action Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best Ibero American Animation Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best Ibero American Documentary Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best Live Action Mexican Short Film.

The prize includes the Production of the best pitching winning project´s short film, with an approximate value of $ 500,000.00 MXN. The award includes: 4 days of filming, one day of location/studios rental by Quarry Studios, minivan, Red One camera and Master Prime optics by CTT EXP & RENTALS. The company Cinecolor México will take care of the Color Grading process, conforming and DCP and Televix, sound design and direct sound recording. Also, winners will receive a statuette and a diploma.

The produced short film must be showcased in the next edition of SHORTS MEXICO.

SHORTS MEXICO awards the following ten categories in the Live Action Mexican Competition:

Best Director - Best Actress - Best Actor - Best Cinematography - Best Screenplay - Best Editing - Best Art Direction - Best Sound Design - Best Original Music - Best Costume Design

Best Animated Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best NeoMex Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Best Documentary Short Film

Trophy and Diploma.

Jury Mentions
The jury will be free to grant mentions deemed appropriate.

All the selected films will be given a certificate of participation in Shorts Mexico-México International Short Film Festival.
The Mexican short films selected in any competition of the festival will be able to submit their short film to the Ariel prize of the AMACC (Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences).

The festival carries out the Shorts Mexico Tour throughout the year, which takes place in Mexico City, in cities and towns of Mexico, as well as in various countries. Through the authorization letter, the legal representative accepts their short film to be shown in the different venues of the tour. The festival will notify the producer of the participation of the work in the various exhibitions.

About the regulation
All participants in SHORTS MEXICO fully accept the aforementioned regulations that apply to all sections. Any situation not foreseen regarding the present regulations, will be resolved by the festival committee. Issues not covered in these regulations, will be solved and decided by the SHORTS MEXICO Committee.

Questions, concerns and comments, please contact:


General Director and Founder
Jorge Magaña

Director of Programming:
Isaac Basulto

Headquarters Shorts México:
Calle Matías Romero 315 Colonia del Valle, Delegación Benito Juárez, C.P. 03100,
Ciudad de México.