About The Festival



NOVEMBER 6-7, 2020

EXHIBTION VENUE:  The Landmark PARAMOUNT THEATRE, 352 Cypress Street, Abilene, Texas

VENUE WEBSITE: http://www.paramount-abilene.org

24fps ON FACEBOOK:  http://facebook.com/24fpsfest

Now in its 22nd year, the 24fps Short Film Festival continues to present challenging and progressive programs of short films by aspiring and established artists from around the world. The juried competition is open to any work made outside the major worldwide film studio system, and provides cash awards to the festival’s top films in six major categories.

From 1999 to 2005 the festival was known as WESTfest. In 2001, the scope of the submission field was expanded to include international entries, and in 2006 the festival was officially renamed 24fps with the “International Short Film Festival” title officially attached.

Designed to showcase student and independent filmmakers, the competition is open to anyone, with no entry fee required. Twenty-seven Official Jury Selection films are chosen from the entry field, and then screened publicly in competition over the course of three programs. (November 6-7, 2020). Submitted projects must have been completed after January 1, 2018. The film’s running time must not exceed 20 minutes.

24fps is not a traditional short film festival. The thirty Official Selection films are screened only once for the public, as a part of three curated exhibition programs. These unique programs highlight the filmmaker as well as the film itself, and each project is introduced by a festival official. Filmmakers in attendance are given the opportunity to speak to the audience after their film’s screening.

Festival Director Barry Smoot, who also serves as the Paramount Artistic Director, says 24fps “was created to encourage aspiring filmmakers and give them a unique, landmark theatrical setting to showcase their work. As a nationally recognized historic theatre, we are dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cinematic art form. It seems only fitting that we have a hand in encouraging its future as well.”

Entries are encouraged at every level of experience. Smoot said, “We charge the Official Jury to look at each film independently, and ask them to consider how it communicates to them individually. Method of production is less important. We ask them to consider how the artist has used whatever tools available to communicate their vision.”

The fesitval's exhibition venue is the historic Paramount Theatre, a 1930 restored movie palace linsted on the National Register of Histoirc Places.  To learn more about this opulent theatre, click here.