Short Films Submission FAQ

Save yourself a headache and read these answers to our Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.  Can you waive my entry fee?  I am a starving filmmaker/student/director and I can’t afford the entry fee.
A.  While we are fellow filmmakers and can completely relate, unfortunately we cannot waive any fees.  It’s just not fair to all the other starving filmmakers.  We do suggest submitting early to take advantage of the reduced fees.

LACS '09Q. How will I know if you received my DVD?

A. If you want delivery confirmation, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your entry.  If you submit through Withoutabox it will be marked ‘In Consideration’ once we have checked it in to the system.  Please allow at least a week for this.

Q. What kind of comedy do you guys prefer? Slap-stick? Dark? Blue?

A. The funny kind.

Q. Can I submit more than one film?

A. Sure, you can submit a thousand films - as long as they all accompany their own entry form and fee.

Q. Am I eligible if I live outside the U.S.?

A. Absolutely! But you must submit a region 0 or region 1 DVD.

Q. Can I submit a rough cut?

A.  Yes, as long as the final cut will be finished by March 26, 2014.  Also, please label your submission “Rough Cut”.

Q.  Can I submit my film if I am under 18?

A.  You can, if you have a parent or guardian submit it for you.

LACS '09 Q. Will the DVDs be returned?

A. Nope.

Q.  Do I HAVE to send TWO DVDs?  Isn’t that wasteful?

A.  It is strongly suggested, but no, you don’t HAVE to.  We have a large percentage of DVDs that don’t play upon arrival so if you are going to only send one, please check it all the way through in a DVD player (not a computer) before sending. Package your DVD carefully and make sure it cannot move around or pop out of its case.

Q. Can I enter if my film has screened at other festivals or on the Internet?

A. Yes.

Q.  The discount code I have doesn’t work on Withoutabox.  Why?

A.  Any discount code will only work if you submit through our site directly.  Withoutabox has their own discount system.

LACS '09Q.  Is the deadline ‘received by’ or ‘postmarked by’? 

A.  Postmarked by.

Q.  Can I drop off the film personally at the address listed on my submission receipt?

A.  That is just a mailing address.  They may take it, but we can’t guarantee it.

Q.  I just missed your deadline - am I screwed?

A.  Email us at  If we still have enough time to fairly review your project, then we may waive the deadline.

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