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Short of the Year

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We are excited to celebrate and recognize outstanding short films that have left a lasting impact on our critics and our community.

The Short of the Year Award 2023 is an accolade that will honor an exceptional short film, released in 2023, and submitted to Short Films Matter before December 31st, 2023.


Voting Process:

The process begins with the shortlisting of films that meet the eligibility criteria. These films are currently open to public voting through their respective review pages on Short Films Matter.

Public voting empowers the audience to champion their favorite films.

Shortlist Public voting concludes on February 29th, and the top 20 voted films will be revealed as the official nominations for Short of the Year 2023.

Following the shortlist public voting phase, the top 20 will continue to be open for public voting until March 9th, 2024.

The winner will be revealed on March 10th, 2024 – coinciding with the 96th Academy Awards ceremony.



To be eligible for consideration, films must have been released and submitted to Short Films Matter in 2023. and has received a rating of 4 or 5 stars from our discerning critics.

Films submitted after December 31st, 2023, are not eligible for the Short of the Year Award 2023. However, they will be eligible for consideration the following year.



The winner of Short of the Year 2023 will be bestowed with a special laurel badge and a trophy, symbolizing their outstanding achievement in short filmmaking.

It’s not just an award; it’s a testament to the creativity, dedication, and excellence demonstrated by the filmmakers.

We encourage filmmakers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the Short of the Year Award 2023, celebrating the art of short films and contributing to the recognition of outstanding cinematic talent.

203 short films have been selected based on the beforementioned eligibility.

Full shortlist: