The Social Short Film Awards (SSFA) aims to recognize films that deal with social issues in a very concise and real way. The SSFA highlights films that have an outstanding writing, directing and acting.

We are looking for short films which deal with subjects like unemployment, poor housing, drug addiction, high crime, homophobia, social exclusion, bullying, bad health, teenage pregnancy and family breakdown. We are interested in short films that deals with the people relationships and the disrespect of their rights.

The SFFA is open to receive short films from all over the world and pay tribute to their magnificent achievement. We will showcase some of the films. The screening of the award nominees and award winning short films will take place at Barreiro Film Society.


Barreiro Film Society

Rua Almirante Reis, 111-A

2830-326 Barreiro


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All submitted short films will be reviewed. Then the short films whose match better with our selection criteria will be announced as the official award nominees (finalists). One of these finalists will be the winner in its category. There is 4 categories: 

- Fiction Short Film

- Documentary Short Film

- Animation Short Film

- Student Short Film

The award winning short films will be screened and some award nominees are able to be screened as well.

Selection Criteria:

a) Narrative consistency; 
b) Use of photography and sound as a storytelling tool; 
c) Technical and aesthetic quality; 
d) Outstanding achievement in editing.

In the case of fiction films, it will also be evaluated:

e) Dialogues and the way the scenes are made; 
f) Accuracy of directing actors and their performance.

The Official Award Nominees are able to get one of these awards:

- Best Short Film;

- Best Fiction Short Film;

- Best Documentary Short Film;

- Best Animation Short Film;

- Best Student Short Film.

Award Nominees may also get an Honorable Mention.

The winners will get a digital certificate which is the proof you got an award from SSFA. The official laurels will be sent to be included in the short films (laurels are given to all award nominees and award winning films).

Notice that the event organizers can reward a short film with a special prize if they find it interesting in a particular way.



Social Short Film Awards proudly accepts entries exclusively via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

Read all Rules & Terms on FilmFreeway before submitting your short film to SSFA.


We accept fiction, documentary and animation short films with 30 minutes or less and must have been completed after January 1, 2017.




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