Catfish Shorts! Short Film Festival is a festival platform created to encourage films featuring female talent from around the globe.

Catfish Shorts is the collaborative vision of Courtney Harmstone and Melissa Woodside and aims to promote and support women in the film industry and across all creative industries. The festival has a very international outlook and team of judges and is founded upon their observation that they would like to see more European films in North America, and vice versa. The mandate is to continue to provide a platform for, and circulate international shorts across the pond.

Catfish Shorts hosted its inaugural event in February 2017 at The Tribeca Screening Room and Soho House and has since continued to promote events and collaborations throughout the year. Our key events have included a "pre-Cannes" networking event, a screening and art evening in Vancouver and two festivals in Brixton at The Whirled Cinema.

Our upcoming festival will be in February 2020 and is taking place again at the fantastic Whirled Cinema, an independent cinema located in Brixton.

Winners of the following categories will receive a congratulatory certificate, as well as a free pass to the festival the following year:

Best Original Screenplay
Best Directing
Best Acting
Best Cinematography
Best Genre Film

The winner of "best picture" will receive a prize!

Films must have AT LEAST TWO female Heads of Departments: Producer, Writer, Lead Actress, Editor, Cinematographer, and/or Director. It is encouraged to have more and from various ethnic backgrounds.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Lois Norman

    Totally thrilled that our gender fluid dance film SWIVEL, won the Catfish Splash Award 2020! Thank you! What an inspiring festival for Female Directors and film makers! A funky venue, committed hosts who are passionate and ambitious, yet still kind and nurturing and a great cross section and diverse mix of films! I’ll be back! Thank you! Lois x

    April 2020
  • C.C. Kellogg

    Such a supportive and welcoming festival! Female centric in the best way, with diverse programming. Thabk you for including AFTER ANYUTA

    February 2020
  • Catfish Shorts! Is a great short film festival. They're very organised, communicate well and the films that were selected were all extraordinary. The vibe at the fest was good fun too. Everyone was offered cat ears to wear and after watching this wonderful selection of films, they handed out about seven awards. I highly recommend this short film festival!

    February 2020
  • Wonderful festival with a strong selection of short films run by a group of incredibly supportive and super-talented women who really care about your material. I made so many excellent connections (and potential future collaborations) from attending and only great things have come from being a part of it. Thank you ladies!

    August 2019
  • Nick Swannell

    So excited to be included in the line-up of the high quality films shown at Catfish Shorts. Fantastic festival with a creative, positive, friendly vibe.

    February 2019