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Shorty's Short Film Contest

Each year, inspired by the same muse that sang to Director Irvin “Shorty” Yeaworth Jr. when he conceived of The Blob, filmmakers of all ages compose entries for our Annual Shorty’s Short Film Contest. Go boldly, friends, and let your iPhones and imaginations propel you ever onward to Shorty’s glory!

Enter the Blobfest 25’s Shorty’s Short Film Contest to tell your terrifying tale!

Shorty’s Short Film Contest prizes will be awarded to winners on Friday night during the Stage Show, so each Short Film Contest entrant receives 1-2 tickets in the Friends & Family Section (Upper Balcony) with their entry.

During Blobfest, all 2024 Shorty’s Short Film Contest entries will be played on a loop in the White Rabbit Theatre. Patrons must have a ticket to a Saturday film screening in order to view the shorts.


  • By Fri, June 28, email your short film to via Youtube link.
  • Films must be under 3 minutes in length.
  • Family friendly content only, please. If you’re wondering whether something is appropriate, then it probably isn’t right for this contest.
  • Your film entry should be Sci-Fi related. Riffs on The Blob, a blob, or related movie themes are welcomed but not required.
  • Must feature the number “25” in honor of the 25th Blobfest!
  • You must include this year’s required item at least once in your entry: a Blob. Any films entered into the Shorty’s Short Film Contest that do NOT feature the appearance or presence of a blob and the number 25 at least once will be disqualified.

Judging & Awards Categories:

The Shorty’s Short Film Contest will be judged by Colonial Theatre staff and the Contest sponsor. Awards will be given in these categories:

  • Under 18 years of age
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Best Animated Short Film
  • The Fan Favorite

screening times:

Winners of the 2024 Shorty’s Short Film Awards are announced on-stage during the Friday Night Stage Show (before the Run Out).

All of the 2024 Shorty’s entries will be played on a loop on Saturday, July 13 from Noon to 5:00 PM in the White Rabbit theatre. Patrons with tickets to any Saturday films can access the Shorty’s Short Films throughout the day.

Additional Rules:

  • The Colonial Theatre is not responsible and cannot be held liable for the personal views and opinions of Blobfest contest entrants. This applies to the Costume Contest, Facade Decorating Contest, and Shorty’s Short Film Contest and any other contests occurring during a Blobfest Festival weekend.
  • Blobfest Contest entrants consent to be photographed unless they notify the theatre in writing in advance that they do not wish to be photographed during the festival year in question. The Colonial Theatre is under no obligation to publicize, utilize or share any images of contest entrants captured during Blobfest.
  • Blobfest Contest Entrants who troll, harass, bully or defame the Colonial Theatre, Colonial Staff or fellow (past or present) competitors, either in cyberspace/online or real life/offline, will be disqualified from participation in current and future Blobfest Contests.
  • Contest Entries for Blobfest should be Family Friendly. “Family Friendly” content is defined as adhering to the Motion Picture Association’s Classification and Rating Rules for G and PG rated films. A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of Colonial Theatre staff, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture. A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of Colonial Theatre staff, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.
  • In any given year of Blobfest, additional rules specific to each Contest may apply and will be articulated on the Colonial Theatre’s website and in corresponding Facebook Event details.

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