The Cine Circle Women's Festival focuses on providing resources and opportunities for female 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 networking.


Enjoy a selection of independent short films created by female filmmakers.

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.

Throughout the year we hold film female-based 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 great festival.

Best Short Film
- Annual Cine Circle Unlimited Pass worth £700
- Script Studio Software (
- Laurel
- Social Media Shoutout

Best Director
- Laurel
- Script Studio Software (
- Social Media Shoutout

Best Cinematography
- Laurel
- Script Studio Software (
- Social Media Shoutout

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 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
  • Wiktoria Chruslinska

    An amazing festival. Thank you very much for such a great opportunity!

    December 2022
  • Bianca Sartirana

    Awesome Festival. Thank you for selecting and awarding "Mami Wata" by Paola Beatrice Ortolani, with the "Best Cinematography" award, it was an honor for us.

    December 2022

    Thank you for choosing our film for your festival. The whole team is very proud of this recognition.

    July 2021
  • deborah grimes

    I was delighted to be part of the line up for the Cine Circle festival with my short 'The Yellow Dress' and to have picked up the best director award! It was such a wonderful surprise! The communication and support was fantastic throughout - thanks again ZB and all the team and not least the judges! Good look with the festival next year! Deborah

    February 2021
  • Awesome festival, great communication, it was an honor for us to be part of it! Wish you lots of successful editions to come!

    February 2021