What Is Shorttakes?

Shorttakes Student Film Festival is an annual student short film competition hosted by UCLA’s Campus Events Commission. The festival is open to both current undergraduate and current graduate students from colleges and universities nationwide. We accept short films that are under 10 minutes long in live-action drama, live-action comedy, and animation/digital media categories. The top submissions in each category will be judged by a panel of notable members of the film, television, and entertainment industries, who will provide feedback on the films they see. The finalists will be screened at UCLA at the Shorttakes Festival Finale, where the winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded.

History of Shorttakes

The journey of a filmmaker is a difficult one, and finding a chance for industry professionals to recognize you and your talents can be tough. For this reason, the UCLA Campus Events Commission established Shorttakes in 1992 as a showcase of UCLA student work. Since then, Shorttakes has expanded to accept student work from all over Southern California, and now from all over the nation! This year, we are celebrating our 17th Shorttakes Student Film Festival, and we’re here to honor your efforts and put a spotlight on aspiring student filmmakers from across the nation.

Past Shorttakes

Past Winners

Past Prizes

Prizes for Shorttakes 2010 included:

Past Judges

We’re proud to say that for the past several years, finalists’ films have been reviewed by a panel of distinguished professionals in the entertainment industry. Past judges include: