Short of the Year

Each year, the Short Film Conference and its members elect the ‘Short of the Year’. There’s a simple voting procedure that consists of three rounds.

as of December, 2018

[1]  Any short film that has been screened in an ‘Official Program‘ at an SFC-member-festival in the period starting on October 1st 2017 and ending on November 30th, 2018 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, documentaries, animated, experimental shorts and everything in between are 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 finale vote in the last round. Votes are always counted per organization.

[4]  The shortlist (after round 1) will consist of 10-15 short films, of which only 3-5 shorts will be nominated (after round 2).

[5]  In case multiple films have the same amount of votes, the Board of Directors will use the entire Short Film Conference Palmares 2018 (download here) as a guidance to decide which film gets through. This Palmares contains all the award winning films of SFC-members that are festivals – including awards and special mentions of all competitions, but excluding pitching competitions and/or awards for films that have not finished yet.

[6]  Any mention of said film in the palmares will count for one extra vote/point in context of international competitions, and half a vote/point in context of national competitions. If a film won the main international prize of a festival, this will count as two extra votes/points. Special or honourable mentions also count as half points.

[7] 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 this is not an obligation. In case of the latter, sending us the title of the short and the name of the director suffice. Please note that provided links will only be shared within the circle of Official SFC-Members.




Meryam Joobeur

Short of the Year 2019

✓ Oscar® Nomination (Best Live Action Short Film)

✓ Special Mention (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)

✓ Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film (TIFF)

& many more




Jeremy Comte

Short of the Year 2018

✓ Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards®

✓ Special Jury Award (Sundance)

✓ Honorable Mention Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film (TIFF)

& many more


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Min Börda

Niki Lindroth von Bahr

 Short of the Year 2017

✓ Cristal for Best Short Film (Annecy)

✓ Best Animation (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)

✓ Short Cuts Award for Best International Short Film (TIFF)

& many more




Daniel Mulloy

Short of the Year 2016

✓ BAFTA Award © Best Short Film 2017

✓ Special Jury Prize (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)

✓ Best of Fest (Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films)

& many more