Written on 2nd Feb 2021.




Call for 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival submissions now open on Festhome through March 2021


LOS ANGELES, LONDON, MUMBAI –  February 2, 2021 ShortsTV, the first and only global channel and network dedicated to short films and exclusive presenter of Oscar® Nominated Shorts theatrical releases, announced today that it will once again bolster its commitment to elevating filmmakers across the globe with the 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival


“Launching a worldwide short film competition has long been a goal of ours here at ShortsTV. We’ve built the ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival just like a global sports match or the Eurovision Song Contest, starting with regional competitions across four regions and building to a final round where the best shorts from around the globe compete head-to-head,” said ShortsTV CEO/Founder Carter Pilcher. “We’ve had great success with our individual regional film festivals and pitch competitions within the past two decades, but the ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival gives us a focal point to honour and promote the amazing artistic work being done in shorts. Short films continue to be the development lab for the world’s most highly-awarded feature filmmakers, many of whom have made more short films than feature films and we expect this film festival will be a platform for launching the careers of many of the world’s future greats in cinema.” 


In December 2021, ShortsTV will host the annual 2021 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival and awards show that will feature the “best of the best” winners from U.S., Europe, LatAm and India with the winning films will air on all ShortsTV channels globally later that month. 


The call for submissions within each region is open now through March 31, 2021 and can be submitted at, which includes more information on awards, prizes and deadlines. In June, ShortsTV will announce the regional selections which will air on their respective regional channels in October. In August, the global selections will be announced and in November, all global channels will broadcast the selected films internationally in over 100 million homes. 


In addition to the 2021 festival, ShortsTV will air its 2020 winners from the previous regional TVCortos Best of LatAm Short Film Festival on February 24 and ShortsTV’s 2020 Best of India Short Film Festival on February 25, with a combined 2020 ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival awards show that will air on the ShortsTV channels on February 27. 


Stay tuned for more information on the festival calendar and news. For more information on ShortsTV and how to watch, please visit For more information on how to submit and rules for the ShortsTV Worldwide Film Festival, please visit




About ShortsTV

ShortsTV is the first and only 24/7, linear and OTT HD TV channel dedicated to short form video entertainment, including movies and series. With over 13,000 titles, ShortsTV has the largest catalog of quality short form video entertainment, including award-winning and star-studded live action, animated and documentary shorts from filmmakers around the globe. Distributed globally, the channel is available in 100 million homes across the US, India, Latin America, the Netherlands, Belgium and Europe.  It is available across the US on DirecTV (channel 573), AT&T U-Verse (channel 1789), AT&T TV (Channel 573), AT&T TV NOW, Frontier Communications (channel 789) Google Fiber (channel 603) and Hotwire (channel 560). ShortsTV is also available in the UK, Netherlands, Italy and Spain on Amazon Prime Video Channels and on demand through iTunes in 92 countries, Amazon Instant Video (UK, US and Germany), Google Play (US and Canada), and Verizon and Frontier (US). 


Since 2006, ShortsTV has exclusively presented the ‘Oscar Nominated Short Films’ theatrical release in cinemas across the US and Canada, South America, Europe, India, Australia and South Africa. 


ShortsTV is owned by Shorts International Ltd is headquartered in London, England and is represented in the United States by Shorts Entertainment Networks, a wholly owned subsidiary located in Los Angeles. The company is led by Chief Executive Carter Pilcher and is majority owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings with AMC Networks a significant minority shareholder.

About Festhome

Festhome has developed an advanced film submission platform that’s utilized by filmmakers and film festivals. The Festhome online platform allows filmmakers to easily submit their film or short film to festivals all over the world, and it allows film festivals to efficiently manage hundreds of entries and provides festivals with more time to identify new and upcoming filmmakers. 

Festhome was founded 11 years ago and since then filmmakers have utilized Festhome to submit more than 100,000 films to over 4,000 festivals. Festhome is not only recognized as a leader among the filmmaking community, but with strong ethics and a commitment to protecting filmmakers from fraudulent festivals, Festhome has stood out as a portal in connecting filmmakers with legitimate film festivals that are looking to reward filmmakers for their work.

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