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