The Los Angeles International Short Film Festival (LA Shorts Fest) founded by Robert Arentz in 1997 is one of the most prestigious and largest international short film festivals in the world with more 280 films screening annually.
In order to qualify for a short film award at the annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) you must meet the Rules and Eligibility criteria, which includes qualification through awards at qualifying festivals.
The festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and award winners are eligible for Academy nomination. LA Shorts Fest is also an official qualifying event for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) short film awards.
LA Shorts Fest alumni directors include Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Paul Haggis, Shane Black, Jason Reitman, John Woo, Tony Scott, David Lynch, Joe Carnahan, Louis D’Esposito, Terry Gilliam, Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson, Vin Diesel, Hilary Swank, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Luke Wilson, Ralph Macchio, Ricky Gervais and many more.
In 2015 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival moves to downtown L.A. LIVE taking place September 3–10. The official screening venue is Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14.