Cheap Thrills is a free independent community film festival about the LOVE of home made movies.

There are four rules. Films must be
1. Short (12 mins or less, the shorter the more chance of inclusion)
2. Entertaining
3. Family friendly
4. Cheap.

We offer free technical support for non-moviemakers, and a warm audience for novice and pro alike. We charge no film entry fee, no film festival admittance.

It all adds up to a friendly event that’s a great night out away from mass entertainment. It’s about sharing with an audience; it’s about community, and accessibility, not about money.

The festival was created in 2011 by us, a team of freelance artists, arts managers and filmmakers - we pull it all together in our own time and with the goodwill, enthusiasm and creativity of other people. We keep the costs as low as possible and cover any cash we need to spend by asking for donations for refreshments on the night. We're proud that the festival gets bigger, better and cheaper each Year.

Can you please make sure your video is available for download.

There is very limited time available, so inclusion in the festival is it's own accolade. There are no other prizes, if you're in, you're a winner. Being free, we get a lot of entries, being picked means your work is outstanding.

Films must be
1. Short (12 mins of less)
2. Entertaining
3. Family friendly
4. Cheap.

Send a downloadable link via FilmFreeway, or if that is a problem, via our FaceBook group, or email if you're still having a problem.

Oh and we have a theme each year, this year it is LOVEFEST. It is traditional for the films in the festival to completely ignore this theme, so please feel free to do so.

I will make winning films available on a none searchable compilation file, after the festival. I realise that some festivals prefer your films to have no online availability, therefore there will be no tags or any way of finding your movie, except via our link, which you have to request.

We live stream the screening in a wide shot, intended to allow you to see the audience reaction. You are of course, very welcome to attend in person.

Overall Rating
  • Aamir Qureshi

    grateful humbled bit surprised to have won in this festival. hard word and originality does pay off after all. thank you!

    November 2019
  • Highly recommend, excellent communication, great to see one of my epic micro-films on the big screen, congrats to Cheap Thrills.

    November 2019
  • Zoe Huddleston

    Wonderful festival, I'm so grateful for my film's inclusion!

    November 2019
  • Here at Escape Studios in London we were delighted to have three of our short films: Jericho, Vivi Ossa and Minuet, selected for the Cheap Thrills Zero Budget Film Festival, and al of them award winners. Thank you for a great festival experience!

    November 2019
  • Faustino Alanis

    AMAZING!! excellent festival for independent cinema

    December 2018