Closed for Entries
Winners will be announced November 4 at Aurora Picture Show, Houston TX


Literal Magazine is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding its first short film competition Literally Short Film Awards.  Literally Short is an event initiated by our drive to bridge all cultures onto one collaborative stage that stimulates international artistic expression. We stand together with A. Schulman de México S.A. de C.V., Specialty Polymers, XL Multimedia, Houston Institute for Culture, The Post Oak Grill and MicroSearch with the mission to promote innovative approaches to social change through the arts and cultural influences. Our passion for film lies in its exquisite capacity to merge a multitude of arts into one vision; thus, Literally Short Film Awards seeks to dissolve all geographical boundaries into one platform that equally voices all cultures.

On November 4, 2014, Literal Magazine will proudly present and screen the Literally Short first, second and third place winners at the Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX.


First Prize Winner:


Second Prize Winner:


Third Prize Winner:

  • PS01 Production Slate
  • 10% Discount on one order from XL Multimedia
  • 50% Discount on one original short film score by Jay Musica (film must be 30 minutes or less)

**(Shipping is NOT included for winners outside of the US)**

Earlybird Deadline: July 25, 2014 Regular: $30
Student: $15 (ID scan required in email)
Regular Deadline: August 29, 2014 Regular: $40
Student: $20 (ID scan required in email)
Late Entry Deadline: September 26, 2014 Regular: $50
Student: $25 (ID scan required in email)

 (All links to the films must be emailed before 12:00 a.m. CST of the given deadline.)



  • All genres are accepted. Foreign language films must be subtitled in English.
  • Maximum film duration: 10:00 minutes (including credits).
  • Filmmakers must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  • Films with U.S. distribution (obtained prior to being selected for screening) or films produced, financed or initiated by a major film studio or television network are ineligible for competition.
  • Films may not be publicly available online prior to submission, and winning films may not be made publicly available online until after the awards ceremony.



  • Filmmaker must upload film to Vimeo and keep its settings on private for the entire duration of the competition. Please provide the link and password to the online form provided in our webpage (
  • Selected films will be asked to upload full resolution film onto our secure server and will be available online through until October 20, 2014. (Selected films will also have the option of making the film or a trailer for the film available indefinitely on



Checks or money orders must be payable in US dollars and made out to: Literal Publishing Company Inc.
Students must submit a photocopy of current school ID.
Any submission received without payment indicated or received will not be considered.



The programming committee will select and invite films at its discretion. Those selected will be contacted via email or telephone on or around September 1, 2014. If selected, you may need to submit additional materials. Detailed instructions will be given at that time. Please do not send additional materials until requested.


By submitting a film to the Literary Short Film Awards (LSFA), filmmaker grants permission to the LSFA to screen the film, in whole or in part, for any or all promotions, compilations, screenings and at any events sponsored or co-sponsored by Literal Magazine including but not limited to the awards ceremony. Literal Magazine may contract separately with winners to discuss streaming the films or trailers therefor indefinitely on the Literal Magazine website. Accepted films may not screen online prior to the award ceremony once they have been submitted. The filmmaker submitting the film hereby warrants that he/she/it is over the age of 18, and is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Filmmaker agrees that all rights and permissions for any materials contained within said entry, including all music rights, photographs, film clips, voice recordings, have been granted, and Filmmaker will indemnify and hold LSFA harmless from any or all disputes and claims that may arise from these rights and permissions granted.

Please proceed to submit your film through Withoutabox, Film Freeway OR fill out the following form and submit the payment below.



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Submission Form

If you are a student, please send us a clear image of your current student ID to (After confirmation, you will receive an e-mail with a discount code).


After submitting form, please submit secure payment of $50 with Paypal:

Price: $50.00


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