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The Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns to Sanford for a short run!

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival is an epic annual showcase in the heart of Sanford, Florida, where short films from all over Florida, the United States, and the world come to life!


The Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns to Sanford for a short run

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival celebrates short films from submissions from around the world. The event presents the best submissions for the audience to select the winners in several different film genre categories. 


This years festival takes place from February 15 - 18, 2024 at the iconic 1923 Ritz Theater, one of Florida’s few remaining historic theaters.


The festival screen only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening and the audience votes for their favorites.


The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival's award, the "Monroe," an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford's Lake Monroe.


A brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members at the end of each block.



The Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns to Sanford for a short run

Founded in 2010, this festival is all about embracing and appreciating the incredible art of the short film. From its humble beginnings at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce building known as Monroe Hall, the festival has soared to new heights and now finds its home at the iconic 1923 Ritz Theater, one of Florida’s few remaining historic theaters.


During this unforgettable event, film fanatics get to indulge in a kaleidoscope of captivating films, each lasting up to 30 minutes. With a wide array of categories to explore and inspiring film workshops to attend, there’s never a dull moment at Love Your Shorts.


But it’s not just about the films. Sanford, the vibrant cultural and county seat of Seminole County, paints a picture of artistic wonder. Nestled along the majestic St. Johns River, this enchanting city boasts a downtown cultural corridor, a plethora of art galleries, an annual art festival, lively community folk performances, and an array of active community theater troupes. It’s no wonder that Love Your Shorts Festival feels right at home here.


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The Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns to Sanford for a short run

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