Call for Entries: JIIFF 2024 Short Film Competition

The call for the JIIFF 2024 Short Film Competition is now open. This competitive section of the José Ignacio International Film Festival is organized in collaboration with the Diciembre Foundation and aims to discover new talents in Uruguayan cinema.

The call is open to those who are starting to forge their own path in filmmaking and production, including students or graduates of film and media studies.

Uruguayan productions and co-productions completed in 2023, which have not been released in the country and are no more than 15 minutes in duration are eligible for submission.

The official prize for the Short Film Competition is USD 2,500 for traveling to the Cannes Film Festival 2024.

Submission deadline: November 13th, 2023, until 6:00 PM.

1 Who is it aimed at

1.1 The call is exclusively for Uruguayan productions and co-productions that have not been released and/or presented in Uruguay.

2 Eligibility

2.1 The submitted short films must have been completed in 2023.

2.2 Maximum duration 15 minutes with credits included. No exceptions.

2.3 The short films must be premieres for Uruguay. Short films that have premiered at festivals outside of Uruguay may be submitted.

2.4 The short films cannot be or have been available on online platforms for free viewing, whether national or international (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

2.5 The works can belong to any genre (documentary, fiction, experimental, essay, animation, others). Advertisements and institutional short films are excluded.

3 Application

Complete the form with the following information:

  • Brief biography of the director
  • Brief biography of the producer
  • Title of the short film
  • Genre
  • Synopsis
  • Duration
  • If it has participated in international festivals
  • If it is a co-production

The deadline for submissions is until November 13th, 2023, 6:00 PM.

4 Selection

4.1 A Jury designated by the José Ignacio International Film Festival team will select a maximum of seven (7) short films to participate in the Competition.

4.2 The selected works will be announced in mid-December 2023 and will be screened at the fourteenth edition of the José Ignacio International Film Festival in January 2024, for which they grant the exhibition rights.

4.3 All content used in the film must be original or properly licensed with the necessary permissions.

5 About the selected works

5.1 They must send: a download link for the final exhibition format with English subtitles (mp4 or mov, H264 codec with a minimum resolution of 1080p); three high-resolution stills from the short film; a 10-second trailer; the poster of the short film; a synopsis in Spanish and English with less than 300 characters, and photos of the director and producer.

5.2 Language and Subtitles. If the short film is in Spanish, it must have English subtitles. In the case of short films spoken in English, they must have Spanish subtitles. If the short film is in another language, it must have subtitles in English and Spanish.

5.3 Publicity. The selected works may be promoted to the public on digital platforms by JIIFF. Participants authorize the use of their image in promotional videos that the organizers may create for the purpose of promoting the Competition and its respective activities.

5.4 The festival's organization reserves the right to establish the date and order of exhibition of the works during the 14th edition of JIIFF.

5.5 The selected filmmakers must use the JIIFF 2024 laurel in posters and all festival-related materials.

6 About the awards

The short films selected in the 14th edition of JIIFF will compete for the Diciembre Award, which consists of a trip to the Cannes Film Festival 2024.

Attending the Cannes Film Festival with your short film is an immensely significant opportunity. Cannes is internationally recognized for its prestige and attracts industry professionals, critics, and media from all over the world. The festival provides a platform for exposure and recognition, enhancing your position as a filmmaker. Additionally, it can offer valuable networking opportunities with influential people who can support your future projects. Attending Cannes also allows you to get a closer look at the workings of the industry, learn from experts, and be inspired by the best in the film industry.

The submission of the film implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Premio Diciembre


The award will be given to the Winning Film of the Short Film Competition by the Diciembre Foundation, based on the selection of a jury specially chosen by JIIFF. The award consists of USD 2,500 (two thousand five hundred US dollars)* and should be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses.**

The winner, as well as the other selected short films, will receive two accreditations for the Cannes Film Festival 2024, with the possibility of accessing all the films programmed for the festival and the activities of the Short Film Corner.

*In the case of a co-production, the award will be given to the Uruguayan director or producer.

**The award can only be used for expenses related to attending the Cannes Film Festival: airfare and lodging. The winner will be responsible for booking their own transportation and accommodation, and they will need to justify their expenses to the JIIFF festival.

Cortometrajes Seleccionados


All the short films, upon being officially selected in JIIFF, will also become part of the Market Catalog of the Short Film Corner and will receive accreditation for 2 people to the Cannes Film Festival. This will grant them access to the Short Film Corner market, including networking opportunities, meetings, and conferences, as well as the possibility to watch films and attend activities during the Cannes Film Festival 2024.



The Jury will be responsible for selecting the December Award of the Short Film Competition and, if they decide to do so, can award a Special Mention. Their decision will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 14th edition of the José Ignacio International Film Festival and will be final. The Jury members may resolve any matters not covered in these regulations.

Premio del Público


All selected works also compete for the Audience Award, which will be given to the film with the highest number of votes from the audience at JIIFF 2024..