2024 Hilliard Short Film Festival

The Hilliard Short Film Festival celebrates independent filmmaking and showcase local film and film-makers. Finalists will be juried by a panel of experts and prizes awarded in announced categories, with a day of screenings open to the public.  Enthusiasts and creators will enjoy networking, panel discussions, and a complementary visual arts exhibit, food, and music.

Presented at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center in Downtown Hilliard with screenings & social activities at the Daniel B Vance Gallery and the Ken and Robin Brenneman Stage.  All films will meet and adhere to the commonly accepted film ratings no more than PG-13 as judged by film judges.  Each short runs between 3 and 10 minutes in length in any genre. 

The festival will be juried with prices provided as follows for both the youth and adult divisions.

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
  • The PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD chosen by audience ballot by those in attendance.

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2024 Film Entries

The Hilliard Short Film Festival is a celebration of short films made by local filmmakers! Presented by the Hilliard Arts Council, the HSFF collects the best and brightest short films from central Ohio and beyond.


Submitted films must have an equivalent rating of PG-13 or below to be accepted and be twelve (12) minutes long (including credits) or less. Films with excessive violence, excessive adult language or nudity will be disqualified. All selections are at the discretion of the appointed judges.

Screenings will be held at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5235 Center Street, Hilliard, OH 43026, on June 1st, 2024.

To Enter please submit via FilmFreeway here: 

2023 Awards

Student Division

Best Film

1st place: “The Shooter Who Wasn’t” directed by David Pease

2nd place: “Papers for Superman” directed by Jay Hubbard

3rd place. “Masked Depression” Directed by Aaron Kim, Jimin Park and Yates Park
Best Actor: Theo White for “Papers for Superman”
Best Actress: Katy Larson for “For Granted”
Arabella Lloyd and Madelyn Pergrem for “You Never Learn”

Adult/Over 18 Division:

Best Film

1st place: “Zero Percent”

2nd place: “The Write Place”

3rd place: “The Craving”


Best Actor: Peter Gantenbein, “The Write Place”

Best Actress: Brandy Botkin, “Zero Percent”

Best Supporting Actress: Celine Koala, “Brad’s New Job”

Best Supporting Actor: David Reid Hatfield, “Three Quarters Dead”

Award for Outstanding Performance: Rhyan Hanavan, “A Balanced Breakfast” 

Directing and Cinematography

Best Directors: Benjamin McClain and Joseph Gailey for “The Write Place”

Best Cinematography: Benjamin McClain for “The Write Place”