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Ohio Shorts 2024 Call for Entries

Entries due March 1, 2024

Showcasing Ohio’s rich community of moving-image makers, our annual Ohio Shorts festival is back for its 28th year—submit your film today!

Known for presenting an eclectic mix of short films—from documentary, animation, and dramatic narrative to anything in between—Ohio Shorts is back again! This year’s edition will be curated by Ohio-based filmmaker/animator and Ohio Shorts alum Lindsey Martin, whose work has screened nationally and internationally including at the Slamdance Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Anchorage International Film Festival. 

We welcome and encourage submissions from all ages and experience levels. Works that are included in the program will receive a $50 screening fee and be eligible for the $500 Jury Award, selected by Lindsey Martin, and the $300 Audience Choice Award, determined by audience voting.

The deadline for entries is Friday, March 1, 2024.

  • One entry per person is permitted.
  • All works must be submitted by Vimeo or YouTube URL using the entry form.
  • Works can be as short as 30 seconds but no longer than 20 minutes and must be produced in Ohio within the last 18 months (between June 2022 and January 2024). 

The full program will be announced by April 5, 2024. An in-person screening will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Check back for more details.

For questions about Ohio Shorts 2024, please email

Trailer by Lindsey Martin, music by Mobygratis.

More about the curator

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Lindsey Martin's films are humorous, sometimes dark looks at the inner workings of families going through crisis, often embracing the absurd. Martin is interested in exploring locations and how humans connect to the places they are from, the cyclical patterns of generations of women living in poverty in rural America, and the bizarre tactics individuals, especially young girls and women, design to cope with traumatic experiences. Her film, Pottero, won Best Animation at Provincetown International Film Festival and the Anchorage International Film Festival. Her films have also screened at various conferences and symposiums around the US. Read more on her website

National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane 
Axium Packaging 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate


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Ohio Shorts 2024 Call for Entries