The Art of the Short


DIFF Shorts Film Festival

Let’s Celebrate Filmmakers

Friday, August 23 – Sunday, August 25, 2024

Elevating Short Films. Celebrating Shorts Filmmakers.

The inaugural DIFF Shorts Film Festival, presented by the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF), champions the art of short films. Join us as we showcase cinematic gems, elevating the short film, celebrating those who make them, and fostering a vibrant community of storytellers and film enthusiasts.

Why DIFF Shorts?

Founded in 2006 on the principle that film should be placed on the same pedestal as other art forms, DIFF is committed to supporting short films and the filmmakers who bring them to life. We believe short films are a unique and powerful medium for storytelling, deserving of the same recognition as feature films.

Engage and Inspire

DIFF Shorts is an immersive experience that goes beyond screenings. Connect with filmmakers through Q&As and panel discussions, learn about their creative processes, and be inspired by their stories.

Embark on a Cinematic Journey

Join us for an unforgettable weekend of short films, filmmaker interaction, and community building. Let’s shorten the distance between idea and screen, and celebrate the power of short film together.


For DIFF Shorts Film Festival Programming inquiries, please contact Amber Ekleberry, Senior Programmer –

To become a Shorts Founder Sponsor of the inaugural DIFF SHORTS Film Festival, please contact Beth Wilbins, CEO,

Support for the inaugural DIFF Shorts Film Festival is provided by


Enjoy a Cinematic Getaway at Virgin Hotels Dallas

DIFF 2024 has wrapped, but you can still enjoy red carpet treatment at the home of our Premier Sponsor, Virgin Hotels Dallas, located in the heart of the Dallas Design District. Explore hotel happenings or level up your stay with a reservation to Commons Club.

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Shared Vision

Our festival attendees and our mission would not be possible without our amazing sponsors. Their generosity and support in our shared vision are crucial in bringing both the festival and our year-round initiatives to life.

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