Rules & Regulations (SotY)

Each year, the members of the Short Film Conference elect their ‘Short of the Year’. There’s a simple voting procedure that consists of three rounds: first voting round ends in a shortlist, second voting round ends with four to seven nominations and the third/final part of the voting eventually decides the winner.

The winner is announced at the end of the annual meeting during the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


as of November, 2017

1. Any short film which has been screened in an ‘Official Program’ at an SFC-member festival in the period starting on October 1st 2016 and ending on November 30th, 2017 is eligible for nomination. Retrospective programs will not be taken into account.

2. There’s no restriction to any genre, content and/or type of film: fiction films, documentaires, animation, experimental shorts and everything in between are all welcome for consideration. However, short films must be no longer than 30 minutes to be eligible for the award.

3. Every Short Film Conference-member (as listed on our website) can enter a number of submissions/votes according to the voting round of the procedure. Each member is allowed three to five submissions in the first round, two votes in the second round and one final vote in the last round. Votes are always counted per festival/organization.

3.1. When submitting films in the first round, it’s highly recommended to provide us with a private link & password to an online screener of said films – though there’s no obligation. In case of the latter, sending us the title of the short and the name of the director suffices. Please note that provided links will only be shared within the circle of Official Members.


If you have any questions and/or suggestions about these ules & regulations of the Short of the Year voting procedure, please let us know by sending us an e-mail at!

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