Buntingford Shorts returns for its 6th festival!

Buntingford Shorts provides a unique opportunity for students to have their work viewed and critiqued by industry professionals (in previous years we have had Paul Cornwell of various Derren Brown productions and also Paul McEvoy, director of FrightFest UK), along with networking opportunities on the finale evening. Students are welcome to submit school/university coursework or any of their other creations from any genre listed below, we love to see the wide range of ideas and inspirations everyone has to offer!

Check out our website / YouTube channel to view previous winners - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGUrx_p_5MtX7ZHQtal93Kw.

This year we will be hosting our festival over 2 nights:

Friday 31st March 2023 - Open to any student filmmaker currently attending any school, college or University living in Hertfordshire and surrounding counties. This awards evening will be hosted live in-person at the Christ Church United Reforms Church in Buntingford with judges present to give direct feedback to the filmmakers and award prizes (see below).

Evening Format - All 5 shortlisted filmmakers will be invited up in turn to discuss the inspirations behind making their film and any anecdotes from the creative process. Each film will then be shown in full before our panel of judges provide live feedback to the filmmaker. Once all 5 films have been shown the judges will make their final decisions as to the top 3 placing local films and award each of the winning filmmakers with their prize money.

Saturday 1st April 2023 - Open to any student filmmaker from around the world. The finals evening will be streamed live via our YouTube channel with clips from shortlisted finalists in each category. Judges will also be present and give feedback / prizes to any shortlisted entrant.

Evening Format - Each category will be visited in turn and excerpts of the 3 shortlisted films will be shown. After this our panel of judges will provide live feedback to filmmakers watching live via our YouTube channel. We will then announce and show the winning film in full. We will also show the winner of the local awards evening. All winning filmmakers will be contacted after the event regarding their prize money.

Hertfordshire (and surrounding counties) Evening - Friday 31st March 2023

Entrant submits their film of any genre from those listed under worldwide evening to 'Local Award'. All local submitters will automatically be considered for the worldwide categories.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 placing films.

Worldwide Evening - Saturday 1st April 2023

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best film in each of these genres:
Drama (includes action, historical, narrative, political and social)
Music for Film
and Horror (includes thriller and suspense)

Please get in contact if you are not sure which genre your film falls into.

A) You must be a currently enrolled student at a school, college or University. If you do not attend one of these you must currently be 26 years of age or under.

B) Your film must be between 30 seconds and 15 minutes in length

C) We encourage submissions from students with a micro-budget and non-professional actors. We do not disadvantage those without access to high-end resources.

D) Each filmmaker can submit against any of the categories listed. Only one film per director per category may be selected. The same film may be submitted to at most two categories.

E) Your film can fall into any genre listed above. We like to see a wide variety of work to give our judges an extra challenge!

F) It is the responsibility of the film producer to ensure that their film uses original content that does not infringe any rights or copyright of third parties. This includes, but is not limited to, music, archive footage, images and literary material. For copyright laws, It is unlikely for us to shortlist films that do not meet these conditions.

G) You give us permission to use your video, photographs of the filmmaker at the screening finale and any other relevant materials. These will be used for promotion of the competition on the Buntingford Shorts Facebook and Instagram page, our website, YouTube channel and any other relevant places.

H) Submissions in any language other than English must be submitted with English subtitles.

I) Buntingford Shorts does not pay screening fees, by entering a submission via filmfreeway.com you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.

J) All filmmakers under the age of 18 must seek permission from a Parent, Guardian or Teacher before submitting to Buntingford Shorts

Overall Rating
  • Abbiosis Dansa

    Thanks to everyone involved in the festival organisation. It's a great opportunity for young filmmakers to show their work. Thank you again for sharing our shortfilm!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! Glad to have you involved this year!

  • The communication of the festival team with us since the application process was great. Social media was actively used and film directors were also actively involved in all process. At the award ceremony, the jury's statements on the films were announced and it was very instructive for us. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the festival.

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nuri, so glad you found our judges' comments useful and felt part of the process.

  • Tilly Jones

    Absolutely loved this festival. It was an amazing experience. Looking forward to years to come. Would definitely recommend. Thank you!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you! We loved having Tilly involved and hope she continues with her passion for filmmaking.

  • Scott A. Galeski

    The Downriver Detroit Student Film Consortium was thrilled to be part of this festival. Great communication and kind.... AAA+++

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you everyone! Good luck with all future filmmaking!

  • Niccolò Salvato

    Had a blast at the Buntingford Shorts Student Film Festival as Winner of the Local Category!
    I unfortunately couldn't participate to the final award ceremony, but I was impressed by the quality of the judging panel and the both objective and personal impressions from the judges. Young filmmakers, this is a festival that can definitely help you grow!
    Thank you again to the organisers and the judges!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Niccolo! Glad you found our judges comments useful, hopefully you'll be able to join us next time.