Since 2016 the Short Film Conference annually elects the Short of the Year, as voted by its entire membership via a simple voting procedure. The winner is traditionally announced at the end of the Short Film Conference in Clermont-Ferrand.
RULES & REGULATIONS
as of November, 2020
 Any short film that screened in an Official Program at an SFC-member-festival between October 1st 2019 and November 30th 2020 is eligible for nomination. Retrospective programs will not be taken into account.
 Short films that have previously been nominated for the Short of the Year can be submitted again, if the above rule still applies to said film.
 There’s no restriction to genre, content and/or type of film: fiction films, documentaries, animations, experimental shorts and everything in between can be considered. However, films must be no longer than 30 minutes to be eligible for the award.
 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 Round 1, two votes in Round 2 and one finale vote in Round 3. Votes are always counted per organisation.
 The shortlist (after Round 1) will consist of 10-15 short films, of which only 3-5 shorts will be nominated (after round 2).
 In case multiple films have the same amount of votes, the SFC Board will use the Short Film Conference Palmares 2020 (TBA) to decide which films get shortlisted/nominated. This Palmares consists of all short films awarded at SFC-member festivals during the period of eligibility. This includes awards & special mentions in all competitions and /or awards given to films that have not been finished yet.
 Any mention of said film in the Palmares counts for one extra vote in context of international competitions and half a vote in context of national competitions. If a film won the main international award this counts as two extra votes. Special mentions also count as half points.
 When submitting films for Round 1, it’s recommended to provide us with a private screening link & password, though this is not obligatory. Provided links will only be shared within the circle of SFC-members and for this awards procedure purposes only.
✓ Short of the Year 2019
✓ Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards®
✓ Special Mention (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)
✓ Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film (TIFF)
& many more
✓ 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