Filmmaker FAQs

Our screeners provide feedback for every single film submitted.  They will be giving you their honest, constructive, and thoughtful opinions.

Here are some frequently asked questions from filmmakers to help you learn more about the Love Your Shorts Film Festival, the submission process, awards, and what fun things take place during the festival weekend.

What is your screening process like?

Our screening committee is very passionate about film and filmmaking.  It usually shows at our meeting when we hash out who will be our official selections.  Sometimes there’s “heated discussions,” tears, and laughter.  We get very attached to these films.

Once your film arrives, it is distributed to our screeners for viewing.  Each film is scored by each screener on three criteria – story, cinematography, and acting.  Once all the scores are received they are averaged out to one final number (the higher the score, the better).

When choosing our official selections, this final score is very much taken into consideration.  However, this does not mean that all higher scoring films will be able to be selected.  Many times it depends on the film’s length or overall content (we can’t show all six high-scoring zombie movies we receive).  And this is where our screeners duke it out and fight for their favorites.

So as you can see we mix a little bit of science with a little bit of feeling to nail down what our audiences will be seeing at the festival.

Do you have any tips and tricks to submitting to LYSFF?

We know you put a lot of hard work into your projects and we appreciate that immensely.  So we’ve come up with a few tips to hopefully help you with your festival submissions, whether it’s with us or another fest.

Please keep in mind these are only our opinions from previous experience and you can choose to say we’re full of crap if you’d like.

See, that wasn’t so bad.  We want you to succeed at our festival and others.  Make us passionate about your film and yell at each other when we’re fighting for your film at our official selection meeting!

Why do you charge a submission fee?

So what does your submission fee go toward?  Putting on a high quality film festival so that your film is shown in the best manner possible and to as many people as possible. Our screeners will also be spending a lot of time with each film and providing you with feedback after our Official Selections are announced.

Does LYSFF give out any awards?

Yes!  For our 2015 festival, Love Your Shorts will be handing out 12 awards.  Eight of the awards are chosen by the audience, one is chosen by a jury comprised of industry professionals, and three are selected by our screening committee.  The awards are:

Each award, known as “The Monroe,” is handcrafted by a local artist.  Cash prizes are also awarded to each category except for Director, Cinematography, Screenplay and Best Scene.

What events take place during the festival?

Our festival is scheduled so that you can attend every screening and every event if you so desire and all screenings take place in one theater so there’s no rushing from one venue to the next.

Some events that you can expect at the festival include:

We also have a Filmmakers Lounge with snacks and drinks and enough room for filmmakers to meet, greet, and discuss their projects.