AISFF 2021

AISFF satisfy your taste, by offering you 3 diverse programming blocks in the form of short films for a meeting of gazes - back and forth - the gaze of the filmmakers and the gaze of the public, which opens up a universe of stories, emotions, colors, cultures, reflections and perhaps more questions than answers. An encounter that breaks the limits of space, time and perspective through endless cinematographic possibilities. A total catharsis, enjoy it!

October 21-29 Online event, free. Three programming blocks, only three days per block to watch your favorite shorts, don't miss them!!
October 31, 2021 at 12:00 hrs., Stay with us in 60 minutes live streaming from our AWARDS EVENT from Chicago City!

Check out our programming blocks and leave us your comments on social networks and share your favorite shorts.

alder award

Alder International Short Film Festival (AISFF) is an annual competitive film festival held in the heart of Chicago. It is dedicated to short-film art, and to award a celebrity whose career of excellence promotes cinema, inspires audiences, and enhances the rich cultural heritage of Latin American cinema.
AISFF has been created to showcase the best national and international short films made by emerging and established artists passionate about the seventh art, to promote and support filmmakers around the world as well as to sharing with the audience great stories that make us think, laugh, cry and more.

The Alder International Short Film Festival accepts submissions for SUPER-SHORT FILMS of 1-5 minutes in length and for SHORT FILMS from 1 to 20 minutes in duration to be considered by our jury. We accept submissions in the short films form of FICTION, DOCUMENTAL and ANIMATION. All short films should have been completed after December 31, 2019. A team of professional screeners will evaluate all the submitted short films. All the highest scored films will be selected for the official competition. All short films chosen to be in “Official Selection” will receive laurels and are automatically nominated for award categories. All short films accepted into “Official Selection” will be screened in front of a live audience and have the opportunity for a Q&A session with on-site filmmakers and will be reviewed by at least three judges who will decide the best of the year of every category. All the winners will receive the Official Laurels and the Winning-Category Certificate.

We are happy to welcome filmmakers from all over the world and short films of all genres. We are ready to be amazed by your films. Good luck to everyone!


• Now in our plans for this 3rd Edition, we are settings the festival date in October 21-23 2021.
• The main plan is to have an in-person event for the US and simultaneously have an online event for the rest of the world.
• While we hope to have a full event in person, we still don't know if it will be possible due de COVID-19. We will plan on doing the safest option for our clients.
• The situation will be reviewed and evaluated every month. updates will be posted here, on our website and on our social networks.
• Refunds will only be made in case of complete cancellation of the festival, not if we have to move to a virtual event.

Awards & Prizes

✪ Best Drama
✪ Best Thriller
✪ Best sci-fi
✪ Best Western
✪ Best Action
✪ Best Fantasy - Horror
✪ Best Comedy
✪ Best Animation
✪ Best Documentary
✪ Best Women in films
✪ Best Youth section -18
✪ Best LGBTQ+
✪ Best Latino - Hispanic
✪ Best Illinois
✪ Best Mobil phone
✪ Super Short
✪ Best film Direction
✪ Best First time direction
✪ Best Cinematography
✪ Best Production Design
✪ Best Sound Design
✪ Networks Award

✪ Best Commercial - PSA´s
✪ Best Music Video Clip
✪ Best music concert


✪ Best Screenplay
✪ Best Actor
✪ Best Actress
✪ Susana Dosamante's award (Best best short film).

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