The Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival & Conference is gearing up. 

We’ll recognize outstanding work in this exploding space showcasing fresh and surprising storytelling across platforms. At the event in March, we’ll also offer panels on the state of short form video as well as opportunities to network with creators and buyers. View pictures from last year’s event.  Entries will open soon and videos from the finalists will be showcased at the 2nd Annual Short Form Video Festival, taking place in March of 2019 in NYC.

Check out the fun that was had at last year’s Short Form Video Festival

Entry Guidelines

The quick & easy entry process is done solely online. First, you will be guided through the registration process, and then the nomination (synopsis + supporting materials) and payment process.

The Cynopsis Short Form Video Awards are open to all individuals and teams worldwide including: production companies/studios, producers, networks, composers, lyricists, animators, video game developers/producers, website developers, mobile & app developers/producers, marketing companies, PR firms, ad agencies, creative services teams, developers, interactive advertising/media, online film/video, and social content. Vendors are also eligible to compete on behalf of a client. The program is open to national and international entrants.

We define short form video as content that runs from 5 seconds to 10 minutes. Content on any platform is eligible: YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

Submitting Your Video

The file cannot exceed 150MB. If you are unable to upload video content due to copyright issues, please provide a link to view it instead (YouTube, company’s website or another video sharing platform).


Prizes will be awarded in each category for
1st, 2nd, 3rd

One video will be selected as
Best in Festival

Finalists will be notified in mid-November 2018

Juror Insights

“Why is short-form content so hot now?”


Randy Abramson

Head of YouTube MCN

Perrin Chiles


Polly Conway

Senior TV Editor

Christine Lubrano

SVP, Original Programming

Howie Kleinberg


Ajay Kishore

Founder & CEO

Bonnie Pan

Head of Network

Veronica Zelle

CCO & Co-Founder

Zach Schwitzky

CEO and Co-Founder

Evan Shapiro

Owner, producer


Entry Fee

$199/ VIDEO

Each entry costs $199 for the first category entered

Additional Categories


If you submit the same entry into multiple categories, the additional fee is $99 per category.

Late Fee

$199/ VIDEO

Entries submitted after October 17, 2018 will be charged an additional $199 per video.

Payment in full must accompany the entry. All entries are non-refundable.

Submit Your Video



For questions related to award entries or event tickets:

Cathy Pearson, Marketing Coordinator

Cathy Pearson
Marketing Coordinator


If you would like to purchase a sponsorship:

Mike Farina
VP, Sales & Marketing
Cynopsis Media


For information on programming and speakers:

Cathy Applefeld Olson
Awards Producer