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Our 10th anniversary event is happening Thursday, April 17, 2025! BE BOLD, BE CREATIVE, BE READY!

10th Annual Bonita Springs Short Film Fest Competition

The 2025 Festival’s Gala will take place at Prado Stadium 12 Theaters, in Bonita Springs on Thursday April 17th at 6 PM.

The Magic of Bonita Springs

We truly believe that Bonita Springs is a special place to live, play, and work. We want to capture that magic. For our 10th anniversary, we invite you to provide us with your vision of Bonita Springs. From your mind to your lens, we can’t wait to see what our community comes up with!

The festival accepts footage from any location, particularly from Southwest Florida, though judges love films shot in Bonita Springs. 

Photo of Bonita Springs Short Film Festival attendees sitting in theater
Photo of two people dancing at the Bonita Springs Short Film Festival red carpet area

2023 Winners

2023 Henderson Franklin Overall Winner

“Passing by” by Ernesto Lasso de la Vega 

The Bonita Print Shop Award for Most Original

“Jean Tag” by Jair Lopez

The TLC Award for Best Depiction of Bonita Springs

“Letting go” by Amanda Perez

The Kathy McGrath Award for Best Under 18

“The Good, The Bad, and The Simple” by Charlotte Cox

The Prado Stadium 12 Award for People’s Choice Award

“That’s What Friends are For” by Curtis Collins

Special Director’s Award

“Echoes” by Reese Campbell

Submit Your Entry

A collage of short segments, of all accepted films in competition, will be shown at the event.

Only the top finalists’ entries, as chosen by the jury, will be shown in their entirety, the day of the event. The top finalists will be notified the week before the gala.

IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION: If you have received an official entry confirmation email from us, you are entitled to one free ticket to attend the gala.


Are you under 18?(Required)
Must be between 1 minute and 10 minutes
Under 50 words describing your film
Please upload to Youtube or Vimeo at 720P resolution at minimum.
Agreement of Usage(Required)
I hereby declare, that I own all the rights to the footage submitted in this entry. I do recognize the organization of the festival, does reserve the right to use my film for promotional purposes of the festival, and, or, of the City of Bonita Springs.
This entry fee helps keep the Bonita Springs Short Film Festival running! Thank you!