Smart Shorts Digital Film Festival


May 11, 2019 — Smart Shorts, Monterey County’s first film festival dedicated to cell phones and tablets, is seeking innovative film submissions through July 31st, 2019.

Sponsored by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, Smart Shorts encourages filmmakers ages 12 and older to create, express and share their lives and perspectives through films shot exclusively on smartphones and tablets.  Submission to Smart Shorts is FREE to all Monterey County residents, with a nominal fee of $25 for filmmakers outside Monterey County.

Sponsored, in part, through donations from MCGives and the Arts Council for Monterey CountySmart Shorts desires to excite and promote filmmakers from Monterey County, the United States, and around the world to produce a ground-breaking short film on an easily accessible digital medium — 1 to 5 minutes in length — and submitted through, an online submission platform. Finalists will be notified after August 16, 2019.   Awards and screening will take place September 13th and 14th at the Carl Cherry Center, Carmel.

The most brave, engaging and trailblazing film will be awarded Best Short along with a $500 cash prize. First place winners will each receive a $250 cash prize and second place winners a $125 cash prize in the following eight categories: Best Director, Best Performance by Actress, Best Performance by Actor, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Animation, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Music. Additionally, a certificate will be presented to winners of the Executive Director’s Award for Artistic Merit and People’s Choice Award.

For more information or to submit your original film, please visit, , email or phone (831) 624-7491.

Sample Shorts

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  • Best Short

Winner will receive $500 cash prize


  • Best Director
  • Best Performance by Actress
  • Best Performance by Actor
  • Best Ensemble Cast
  • Best Animation
  • Best Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Music

1st Place Winner will receive $250 cash prize

2nd Place Winner will receive $125 cash prize


  • Executive Director’s Award for Artistic Merit
  • People’s Choice Award

Winner will receive Certificate of Merit

Rules and Terms

•The festival is open to Monterey County residents, the United States and around the world, ages 12 and up.
•One video film per filmmaker/organization to be submitted through
•Video films must be shot on a mobile phone or tablet only.
•Use of production equipment (lights, dollies, etc.) is allowed.
•Submit video films in .mp4 or .mov files to in
high quality 1080HD widescreen format.
•Automatic editing apps are not permitted.
•We cannot accept video film’s with third-party music, images, photos
or graphics without party’s written permission for reuse.
•Video film length to be 1-5 minutes including credits.
•All non-English video films must have English sub-titles.
•Video films may not exceed 10 Gigabytes (GB).
•The Festival may use images and clips from accepted video films for
publicity and promotional purposes.
•Finalist Filmmakers will be notified via email after August 16, 2019.
•Submitted video films are eligible to win in only one category.
•All genres are welcome.
•An entrant may be disqualified if video film is not submitted in the proper category.