Launched in April 2018, Breakout Shorts is an international short film festival for independent filmmakers of all ages, nationalities and skill.

Our 2019 festival was held on the 15th June 2019 in the worlds art & culture capital, Edinburgh. ‘Answer’, directed by Adam Palmer was our inaugural winner of Best Short film.

Breakout Shorts 2020 will once again be held in Edinburgh, Scotland. Submissions close 31st December with the event taking place on 4th April 2020.

The winner of Best Short Film, as voted by our esteemed jury, will receive $500 USD and our coveted Breakout Shorts trophy.

Finalists will be awarded with our official selection certificate.

Submission Requirements:

- Films must be between 1-30 mins in length.

- All narrative genres accepted.

- Filmmakers must have copyright over all footage and soundtrack,

- Film must be submitted by midnight on December 31, 2019.

- Film must be of high-quality.

- Filmmakers must submit promotional stills for marketing purposes.

- Open to all nationalities and ages.

- Open to first-time to semi-professional filmmakers.

- We accept films already submitted to and/or selected to other film festival.

- We don't discriminate against any films that have been published online via a video hosting website.

- All films must be produced after January 1, 2017.

- We do not accept free submission/entry waiver.

- Films in a foreign language (other than English) must include subtitles.

Overall Rating
  • Adam Palmer

    Since day one of submitting, Breakout Shorts have been a clear forerunner for one of the best festivals I've ever been a part of. Their communication, support, and enthusiasm for independent film/filmmakers are second to none, and you'd think they'd have been running the festival for years! If you have a film on a festival run, then Breakout Shorts should DEFINITELY be on your list of go-to's! I know I'll be submitting for years to come!

    June 2019