15-31.03.2020 Argo student short film fest
Argo is proud to introduce our first-ever student focused short film fest, SHORTS! This Spring 2021 we’re showcasing the most talented up-and coming filmmakers across the globe, giving them the opportunity to share their outstanding creative work on our own Argo App for the world to enjoy.

Jury awards

Best short film

Drifting by hanxiong bo


A word away by mollie moore

Best editing

Password to the ***** by Adél Szegedi

Best production design

Finding light by Katarina Villarreal

Best sound

When the moon was gibbous by Erika strada

Best acting performance

ghazaal by ragini bhasin

Best cinematography

Drifting by hanxiong bo

Special mention

Flowers and Bikes by Daniel kayamba

Quell by zach-sabel de kercadó

N’diajnemo by habib yazdi

Flowers and Bikes



Special mention

Flowers and Bikes by Daniel kayamba

Quell by zach-sabel de kercadó

N’diajnemo by habib yazdi

People’s choice awards


The umbrella by min chern tan


Cowboy companion by ethan soo


nile by miles reuben


Confieso by Estefani gonzalez


Password to the***** by Adél Szegedi


Heart whispers by Ash Verwiel

Meet the jury

Jonny Persey

Director of Metfilm
Jonny Persey is the Director of MetFilm, a unique organisation based in Ealing Studios, which comprises the UK’s largest film school and an award-winning feature film production and sales company. He is passionate about creating and maintaining a valuable and industry-relevant educational system, spearheading the synergy between the group’s separate facets to offer students the best learning experience possible. He gets a buzz from watching our graduates win work, runs projects, and apply their trade in film, television, online, and across the creative industries worldwide.

Bojana SAndic

Director of programming for New Filmmakers LA
Bojana Sandic is a film festival programmer with an enthusiasm for authentic voices. She is currently Programming Director of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, where she is focused on connecting emerging filmmakers with new audiences and opportunities. Formerly the Director of Short Film Programming at the Newport Beach Film Festival, she maintains a love of shorts as a medium for storytelling. She has worked in short film development at Lexus Short Films and served on film festival juries including those of Slamdance, Outfest and Palm Springs Shortfest.

James Dearden

Film writer and director
James Dearden is a writer/director of feature films, including ‘The Cold Room’, ‘Pascali’s Island’, ‘A Kiss Before Dying’, ‘Rogue Trader’ and ‘Surviving Christmas with the Relatives’. His short film ‘Diversion’ was adapted by him into a screenplay for ‘Fatal Attraction’, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also wrote a stage version of ‘Fatal Attraction’ which premiered at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 2014. His first film, an 8 minute short entitled ‘The Contraption’, won the Silver Bear at the 1978 Berlin Film Festival.


Filmmaker and programmer
Adam Piron is a filmmaker and film programmer based in Southern California. He is also a co-founder of COUSIN, a collective supporting Indigenous artists expanding the form of film. Piron currently serves as the Associate Director of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program and was formerly the Film Curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). His films have played at Camden International Film Festival, Indie Grits, Seattle International Film Festival and various other festivals.

Femi Kolade

Filmmaker and educator
Femi Kolade is a filmmaker and educator, who has worked extensively in Higher Education and across the film and broadcast industry for institutions and companies such as Youth Culture Television (YCTV), UK Film Council, British Film Institute (BFI), Film London, Miramax, BBC Films, ITV, and Channel Four and many more. He is currently a module leader at the London Film School (LFS), the founder of Bushfire Digital Media, a hybrid media content production, education, and technology company, which is part of the Ravensbourne digital media & design industry incubator.

Diana Sanchez

Filmmaker and curator
Diana Sanchez is an experimental filmmaker and curator born in Mexico City and raised in California. Diana graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Cinema. She is currently a director and producer at Veteran Documentary Corps where she works with families and veterans to illustrate the abstract experience of war and trauma. She is also curator and assistant of The Archive Project at SFSU’s School of Cinema.
categories of entry

From our shortlisted films our jury will select the following awards

Best Short Film
$500 cash from Argo
$300 gift card for Moment equipment to support future projects
$300 gift card for Moment Lessons

Best Director
$250 cash from Argo

Best Editing
$250 cash from Argo

Best Production Design
$250 cash from Argo

Best Sound
$250 cash from Argo

Best Acting Performance
$250 cash from Argo

Best Cinematography
$250 cash from Argo

Each Audience Favorite can redeem one free video from Moment Lessons.

We’re excited to award 6 Audience Favorite shorts! If your film is selected to stream on Argo, your friends, family, colleagues, and the Argo community will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite short within each playlist category on the Argo app. This accolade will give young filmmakers the exposure necessary to help push their filmmaking endeavors to the next level!

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