Love Your Shorts Film Festival
February 8-11, 2018
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford, FL

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival is an annual showcase in Sanford, Florida, of short films from around Florida, the United States and the world.

The February festival, founded in 2010 to embrace and appreciate the art of the short film, was first shown at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce. Since then it has been presented at the 1923 Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, one of a handful of historic theaters remaining in Florida. During the festival, film fans can view films up to 30 minutes each in a variety of categories and attend film workshops. Sanford, the cultural and county seat of Seminole County, sits along the St. Johns River and features a downtown cultural corridor, numerous art galleries, annual art festival, community folk performance, active community-theater troupes, and other arts activities.

“The Love Your Shorts film festival is one of the classiest film festivals I’ve ever been to. They treat you like gold. I highly recommend them!” – Kevin O’Neill, writer/director/actor, Winter Park, Fla.

“It’s fast becoming my favorite film festival in Central Florida, because it’s so intimate and homey and friendly. There are huge crowds, and everyone is enthusiastic about film… they’re here to support local filmmakers and everybody who submitted.” – Lisa Mills, film professor at the University of Central Florida

I can say that this is by far one of our favorite festivals. We have been included in festivals in L.A. and N.Y. to London, but the way the filmmakers are treated at LYSFF is amazing.” – Joops Fragale, film director, Ormond Beach, Fla.

MISSION STATEMENT: To support, promote and recognize the art of short film and its artists.

VISION STATEMENT: The Love Your Shorts Film Festival will be a platform where film fans and filmmakers can participate, collaborate and socialize. As a respected member within the creative-arts community, we will strive to stay relevant through quality submissions, education programs and industry awareness.

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Love Your Shorts Film Festival proudly accepts entries via, the world's best online submissions platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.


Deadline: November 30, 2017

One of the missions of the Love Your Shorts Film Festival is to support filmmakers in the process of creating their movies. Interested filmmakers can apply for a $500 grant to be used in the making of a film 30 minutes or under in the following categories:

  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • E for Everyone
  • Florida Flavor
  • Sci-Fi/Horror

Download-Grant-ApplicationApplications must include a sample of earlier work, such as a script, a previously finished movie, or part of the movie you are working on now. Only one entry per year is permitted and after a grant has been received you will not eligible to apply again for three years. Applications must be received by Nov. 30, 2017, to be considered. Recipients will be announced during our February festival, via email and Facebook.
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