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 all live-action, animation, and 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! We’re here to honor your efforts and put a spotlight on aspiring student filmmakers from across the world.

Past Shorttakes

Past Prizes

Previous prizes have included a TRNDlabs Mini Drone, a year-long subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, Sony Vegas Pro editing software, a LACMA membership, cash prizes, and more.

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: