The Shortcut 100 International Film Festival is an annual showcase dedicated to promoting the best in independent short film from emerging filmmakers. 

For the same amount of time as an average feature film (around 100 minutes) we offer our audience access to the up-and-coming voices and artistic visions of independent cinema from around the world. 

Based in Chicago and run by filmmakers from Nebula Creatives L3C, every year features a red carpet reception, awards chosen by our audience and an after party with filmmakers in attendance. 

Our mission is to connect the diverse visions and voices of our community with audiences who will appreciate their work in an accessible and inspiring way. 

*This year, due to the challenges presented by Covid-19, Shortcut 100 will be organizing the festival a bit differently to best showcase the work of our artists. Our team is working hard to comply with the safety guidelines put forth by the CDC, the state of Illinois, and the city of Chicago to host live, virtual and online screenings to the best of our ability –to keep guests and viewers safe by offering spaces and platforms for ALL PEOPLE to view your amazing work, safely… in a format that is both compelling and inclusive.*


This special year 2020 marks our 8th anniversary with our new and exciting partners: 

The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE) 
Mezcla Media Collective
Chicago Screenwriters Network (CSN, 

See details in the “Awards & Prizes” section below. Awards & Prizes

Your short film could be screened and awarded at one of this year’s partnership programs: 

Shortcut 100 + Mezcla Media Collective: Children and Family theme

Shortcut 100 + Wakandacon Sci-Fi Movie Fest

The 8th Annual Shortcut 100 International Film Festival – the original program in fall that offers: 
1) Female Filmmaker Showcase Award (for best film by a woman filmmaker) 
2) Best Shot-in-Chicago Award (for best locally produced film) 
3) Best Short Screenplay Award (up to 20 pages in length) – presented by Chicago Screenwriters Network (CSN)