The bird is a symbol of Liverpool John Moores University and the City of Liverpool, whilst the material of paper reflects the academic context of the LJMU MA Short Film Festival.
Industry members, LJMU staff and students make up the jury. For the 2021 edition these were: Dr Loreta Gandolfi, Electra Venaki, Droo Padhiar, Dr Holger Mohaupt, Dr Demelza Kooij, Dr Keith Marley, Katie Goody, Kelsey Draper, and Nathanial Eker.
|Fiction||End of the World||Karol Ulman|
|Animation||Blue Monday||Katarzyna Orłowska|
|Documentary||Rain Pot||Gordon Moore|
The winner of the 2021 Paper Bird Audience Award is Lost Ore Abdurrahim, directed by Pınar Yıldırım Karaman.