Festival Internacional de Cine Shorts Costa Rica (1)

Shorts Costa Rica International Film Festival


01 Mar 2023
Call for entries

28 May 2023
Festival closed

20 Jun 2023
Notification date

20 Jul 2023
30 Jul 2023


Mercedes de Montes de Oca San José, SJO 11503,  11503, Mercedes de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica

Festival description
Short film festival 30'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  30'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 20 July 2023      Festival end: 30 July 2023

Festival Internacional de Cine Shorts Costa Rica is an initiative dedicated to promoting the growing national audiovisual industry and all its latitudes. The launch of this first edition will be held from July 20 to 30 with the support of various sectors of the artistic community to elevate the growing efforts in the sector.

Shorts Costa Rica will develop through three stages: CR Shorts Lab, Festival Shorts Costa Rica, and SHORTS+ to strengthen cinematographic diversity through the exhibition, training, and dissemination of Costa Rican talent, with the participation of international perspectives, showcasing leading voices in the short film format.

Our proposal comes to provide large and small short film producers with the possibility of obtaining an impact within the cinematographic field, activating a presence in theaters and alternative spaces in the seven provinces of the country.

We recognize the importance of making short films visible as a means of cultural expression, which is why we hope our audience will be part of this new development and continue to showcase the audiovisual diversity at a national and international level through these efforts.

This festival is organized by deleFOCO Comunidad Audiovisual. The organization relies on the principles of excellence and professionalism, allowing the development of this festival to be possible.


Our national competition rescues the efforts of all the audiovisual sectors regardless of their background and artistic expression. The festival is committed to bringing this diversity to the national public, expanding these registers through the recognition of those artistic foundations that will lead to the evolution of our national identity.

The national competition is open for projects in the following categories:
Music video


The Central American Competition aims to promote the efforts of all audiovisual sectors, regardless of their formation and artistic training in this region.

The festival is committed to bring this diversity of projects to the public, recognizing those artistic foundations that lead to the evolution of our Central American identity.

**Registration for this competition is free

The Central American Competition is open for projects in the following categories:
Music video


Short films from all around the world (except Costa Rica). Registration incurs an entry fee of $5 for those in this category (Free waiver may be given on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for more information).

The international competition is open for projects in the following categories:
Music video


Rana Dorada Award – National Competition

The best short film of the National Competition will be awarded the RANA DORADA statuette. All categories are eligible for participation in the selection; Fiction, Animation, Documentary, Music Video, and Experimental.

This registration is free for all filmmakers of Costa Rican origin.

Shorts Costa Rica Award: RANA DORADA statuette, technical equipment rental combo and post-production services, an award certificate, and access to all future festival screenings.

Public’s Choice Award

Our audience chooses their favorite short in the national competition for the festival.

An award certificate will be handed to a representative of the selected short.

International Competition Award

Our jury will award a winning short film among the international selection competing at the festival. This participation will only be valid for those filmmakers not from Costa Rica.

Shorts Costa Rica International Award: Digital award certificate, a waiver for all future festival submissions, and access to festival screenings.

None of the prizes awarded by Shorts Costa Rica are transferable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash. The Festival reserves the right to change, add or delete prizes if circumstances warrant.


• All genres are admissible.

• Short films whose production date is after January 1, 2019.

• Max. duration of 30 minutes (including credits).

• Only completed productions (work in progress will not be considered for selection).

• A short film can be registered only once.

• No premiere status required.

• The submission is in digital format (Apple ProRes 422 or H.264).

• By submitting your short film, you commit to its exhibition if selected.


• Fill out the registration form anytime between the dates of March 1th to May 14th , 2023 on the Festhome.com platform.

• Upload at least one photograph of the short film.

• Make sure the display copy works correctly.

•The final selection will be announced in early June 2023. at http://shortscostarica.com/

• Only the person who submitted the selected short film will be personally notified.

For Consideration

Entries outside the Festhome platform, or screening copies for the pre-selection process on DVD, Blu-ray, and other physical media, will only be received with exceptions.

All selected short films must be subtitled in Spanish. The directors of the selected short films agree to deliver the subtitled screening copy.


• Please note that ONLY the person who submitted the short film will be personally notified.

• The information provided in the entry form (synopsis, credits, etc.) will be used as is in all publications and on the website.

• The screening copy must have Spanish subtitles and be identical to the viewing copy.

• The festival is authorized to make excerpts not exceeding 10% of the total duration of the selected shorts to be used in the promotion of the festival in various media and the Internet and for promotional, archival, and other non-commercial purposes.

For Consideration

Minimum 5 images in JPG format.
Minimum 1 photo of the director in JPG format.
Poster of the short film in JPG format. Poster of the short film in JPG format.
Trailer of the short film (in the best quality available).
Documento de texto (Word - NO PDF) with:
Short synopsis (in Spanish and english).
Technical sheet: (Country, year of production, duration, Color or B/N, original language, names of the technical and artistic team).
Bio of the director of max one page (in Spanish and english).
Link to the trailer (if available).
Links to the web page or social networks of the short film (if any).
Contact name and email.


By submitting the entry form, the submitter acknowledges that he has read, understood, and accepted the regulations without reservation.

Some shorts from the competition can be selected (if you wish) as part of the online viewing called SHORTS+ and other activations of Shorts Costa Rica one month after the end of the festival.

SHORTS+ will be an online platform. Here you will find an extensive record of the Shorts Costa Rica experience, including exclusive content related to workshops, interviews, and other artistic approaches found at the festival. In addition, this platform presents a catalog of selected shorts from our call as part of our commitment to the continuous visibility of outstanding talent.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the filmmakers whose shorts are in this section will be informed about the locations and dates of the screenings.

*Free waiver may be given on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for more information.



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