We have been looking into a variety of film festivals in the UK, as we are interested in submitting our short film, once it is finished. We came across most of these film festivals through their advertisement on Facebook, which has been really convenient as it’s a platform all of us use regularly. The Facebook page Brighton Filmmakers has been especially helpful in looking into different film festivals available where our short film would be appropriate.
The page regularly has posts such as this, promoting platforms in which you can send your short films to:
London Short Film Festival –
As advertised on Facebook:
From their official website:
Submissions for the 14th London Short Film Festival
SUBMIT YOUR FILM FOR THE LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017
The London Short Film Festival returns to London for the 14th year to be as confrontational as ever and prove that the UK is truly a hotbed of film creativity. The festival discovers new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform and meeting place for new, emerging and established filmmakers.
- We are a BAFTA affiliated Festival, enabling accepted filmmakers to apply for the 2017 BAFTAs.
- Submissions are open to short films from every genre. We accept drama, comedy, horror & sci-fi, documentary, experimental, animation, music, viral and low-budget work.
- Films must have been completed after August 2015.
- Films must be no longer than 45 minutes.
- LSFF does not require any premiere status.
- LSFF now accepts UK and international submissions.
- Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide a Quicktime ProRes file and a DCP of your film.
DEADLINES AND FEES:
- UK Early bird deadline – Sunday 1 May: £15
- UK Regular deadline – Sunday 31 July: £20
- UK Late deadline – Sunday 28 August: £30
- Lo-budget films under 5 minutes – £5 (all deadlines)
- International submissions – £30/$40 (all deadlines)
- International Lo-budget – £10/$15
Trailer for London Short Film Festival:
Free Film Festivals:
Birmingham Film Festival:
An international film festival held in Birmingham, England, showcasing and recognising talent on a world stage.
The corner-stones of the festival will be features, shorts, documentaries, films by young people and the opportunity to showcase them all on an international stage.
It will run over three days in November and include features, shorts and documentaries on our main theatre screen, as well support events with special guests.
Distributors, producers and press from all over the world will be on hand to view the films screened and there will be the chance to network with them at the festival too. Many of the industry’s top companies and film schools will also be in attendance offering advice on education and career opportunities.
Other events and networking opportunities will be announced closer to the date. These will include seminars, Q&As, conventions and memorabilia expos.
There will be a high calibre panel of special guest judges, from various areas of the industry, who will review the nominees’ entries and select the winners at the festival’s closing event. The award ceremony will be held at a high-profile venue in the city and be an open ticket event.
All films, all genres and all people are welcome and attendance to many of the events will be free.
Awards & Prizes
Please inform us if you feel you qualify and would like to be considered for any of the award categories. These will include:
Best Film Overall (BFF Bull Award)
Best Young Film Maker (under 18)
Best Young Actor (under 18)
Best Young Creative (anyone under 18 who has contributed in any other area of creativity)
Best Local Film (Birmingham based, themed or cast and crew)
Award for Facing Adversity (for any film maker who has overcome significant challenges)
Best Foreign Film
Best Original Score
Best Hair & Make Up
Best Production Design
Best Special Effects
Rules & Terms
Films are restricted by the category of awards they can be considered for. Entrants must identify which awards they wish to be considered for.
Films must not have had a commercial release prior to submission.
Short films must be under 72 minutes
Feature films must be 72 minutes or longer.