The Cine Circle Filmmaking Festival focuses on providing resources and opportunities for independent filmmakers to screen their films as well as develop and bring their films to life. It combines everything from short film screenings, film pitching competitions with funding prizes, workshops, seminars and a ton of networking!

Enjoy a selection of independent short films.

Come along to explore new short films, pitch your own, as well as meet and network with like-minded indie filmmakers, actors, film financiers and indie-film marketing specialists. Whether you’re on the hunt for cast and crew, new projects, or are looking to explore your financing and marketing options, this is the perfect time and place to discuss it all! The Festival will be taking place at 93 Feet East in the heart of Brick Lane. We welcome everyone to attend, whether you’re a film lover, filmmaker with heaps of experience or are completely new to the industry.

Throughout the year we hold film networking events, with speakers, short film screenings, workshops and seminars as well as pitching competitions that have been attended by thousands of indie filmmakers. This will combine it all into one massive event.

Best Short Film
- Comprehensive Online Crowdfunding Course (£300 Value)
- 1 Year access to all Cine Circle events (£700 value)

1. Submission format
Films must be submitted via online screener only. We do not accept films sent over by DVD. We do not accept new or altered cuts of your film therefore the link that you sent us will be final.
2. Submission eligibility
Cine Circle does not require a UK premiere for any of the films submitted.
All films must have been completed after 1st January 2020.
All foreign language films must include English subtitles.
We cannot accept anyone under-aged to enter the festival or any of the screenings.
3. All submission fees are to be paid through FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.
4. Selection of films
Short films are selected under the following criteria
Quality of narrative
Production value
Originality and creativity
5. Notification
Cine Circle will will complete all selection procedures and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information how and when your film will be screened, press and publicity, our contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
6. Scheduling
Screenings will be scheduled at the discretion of Cine Circle. Every effort will be made to adhere to the published scheduled but Cine Circle Reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. No film will be withdrawn from the programme after its selection.

Overall Rating
  • An excellent festival that I was proud to be a part of this year! Despite the obstacles of the pandemic, they put on a really good virtual show with informative panels, a really good networking format and an excellent selection of films. I hope to be back soon, thanks for the opportunity!!

    March 2021
  • Constantin G. M. Weber

    Excellent film festival giving you the opportunity to grow as a writer.
    I was fortunate enough my script "MR TALENT" got officially selected and therefore I was offered the opportunity to pitch my concept.
    Especially as a writer, you shouldn't miss out on opportunities to practice your presentation/ pitch.

    I highly recommend submitting and to attend even if your script or film is not officially selected.

    October 2019
  • Tom Clover

    Very welcoming festival - had a great variation of events throughout the whole night. Communication was excellent and I will definitely will be submitting again.

    October 2019
  • Braden Pruss

    Excellent film festival. The organizers were very communicative, and the festival was well-run. Would highly recommend anyone to submit and attend. I am honoured to have been named Best Director for Blob and will continue to support this festival.

    September 2019
  • Matthew Tibbenham

    This festival was a blast! For a small first year festival, it had a lot going on and was a great way to network with people and learn different aspects of filmmaking.

    My short film, SMART HOME, premiered there and while I wish the venue was a little more like a cinema for screening (it’s a large screen in a large room with foldable chairs), the venue was great for other activities like networking, pitch, and listening to the speakers in various rooms that were set up.

    It was great hearing different pitches from filmmakers and even though I botched my own, it was a great experience testing out my own ideas.

    Would highly recommend to submit to and attend, which I will definitely be doing next year!

    September 2019