Drama: Dramatic, fictional narratives
Comedy: Comedic, fictional narratives
Documentary: Nonfiction narratives
Animation: Animated films of all genres
International: Any short film made outside of the United States (can also apply to any other corresponding category)
Student: A film that meets any listed category but produced while the filmmaker was a student
Local: A film of any category produced in Northeast, Ohio
Short Series Pilot or Episode: A film/episode that is either a pilot for a series or an episode in a series
Environmental or Nature Film: A film/episode that are centered on the environment or awareness of climate change, pollution, deforestation, etc. Also films that are centered on outdoor activities and the natural world.
Horror: Horror based, fictional narratives
LGBTQ: A film of any category that focuses on LGBTQ topics
Experimental: A film of any category that is experimental in style
Music Video: A short film based on an existing song
Fan Fiction: A short film of any category or genre built in an existing universe based on a film, comic book, television program, web series, novel, short story, graphic novel, or any other medium
Action or Thriller Film: Films centered on action, physical feats, thrills, excitement, and suspense.
Family Film: This category is for films of genre or style (fiction, animation, documentary etc.) that are rated G or PG and are acceptable to be viewed by a younger audience.
Short Screenplay: A short, narrative screenplay of less than 40 pages of any genre