All genres welcome, including, but not limited to documentary, animation, narrative, experimental, music, and non-fiction short films, shot in any format


The Pacific Coast International Short Film Festival’s (PCISFF) goals are:

  • To motivate filmmakers, to share the stories they create.
  • Encourage the growth of short films and filmmaking by providing an audience.
  • Encourage stories that focus on the arts and artists.
  • Cultivate the careers of film directors, producers and screenwriters working in the short independent film sector


Submission Requirements:

  • Only films with a maximum running time of 15 minutes or less will be considered. There is no minimum running time.
  • Films must have been completed no more than 18 months prior to the festival date.
  • All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
  • Works-in-progress will not be considered.
  • Films must be submitted (uploaded) onto submission site in MOV or MP4 format in High Definition, no smaller than 1280 x 720, preferably full HD at 1920 x 1080
  • Exhibition format will be from high definition downloaded films from site website onto a compilation disc.
  • All selected films for the Festival must grant the Pacific Coast Short Festival the rights to use for press materials for promotional purposes.
  • Films must NOT have screened in a SHORT-ONLY film festival in Southern California.
  • Multiple entries are accepted; however, each film requires its own completed submission form and entrance fee.
  • All films selected for the PCISFF grant the rights to upload a clip/trailer online for promotional purposes.
  • Films currently in distribution through public media or any kind, including broadcast television or internet streaming at the time of the Festival exhibition date will not be accepted.
  • Please no phone calls.
  • No fee waivers will be permitted.
  • Entrance fees may be paid by credit card, money orders or checks made payable to Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation.
  • Foreign entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • Entries will not be viewed until payment has been cleared.
  • A digital copy of all selected films for the Festival will be kept by the Foundation for historical record.
  • No late submissions will be accepted.
  • No fee waiver


Winners considered for Award nominations the following awards will be presented:

  • Best of Fest (Awarded by combined votes from audience and judges.)
  • Judges Favorite (Each judge will be asked to select their favorite submission.)
  • Audience Favorite (Awarded to the film with the most votes from the audience)