UPDATE: In light of Corona-virus, we want to assure our filmmakers that we are fully committed to run our events and honor all filmmakers who have submitted to us from around the world.

Welcome to Edinburgh’s only annual Documentary Film Festival! Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest creates an open space for creative documentary and non-fiction storytelling, a platform for filmmakers from all around the world to showcase their engaging works, and a venue for creators and audiences to connect. We're looking for the most exciting and innovative non-fiction storytelling in different categories, films that challenge and inspire audiences. Our festival is more than just a screening space - it is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and to bridge the gap between audiences and film creators.

The capital city of Scotland is no stranger to the arts. Home to the world's longest continually-running film festival, as well as to the largest arts festival in the world (don’t miss out on the Fringe every August!), Edinburgh continues to host cultural events and radical art throughout the year, while, at the same time, acting as the perfect gateway to the rest of Scotland.

Our panel of international judges will select the best of the best and try to squeeze in as many high-quality docs in one evening as they can. Featuring Q&A's with creators, filmmaker roundtables with local industry professionals, networking sessions, and a welcoming atmosphere. Submissions are now open for the first edition of what promises to be a memorable evening dedicated entirely to the non-fiction genre! So submit now for a chance to have your work screened in the land of whiskey, Harry Potter, and Outlander.

The unique Cameo (formerly known as the King's Cinema!) is one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland and a most welcoming home for arthouse cinema. We are proud to celebrate non-fiction storytelling in such a historic venue.

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Close:Up Film Festivals are organized by HF Productions, an international production company that runs several film festivals around the world. We are a collective of filmmakers, producers and marketing professionals with a common goal: to forge productive and lasting relationships between independent filmmakers and audiences. Our core values are Independence, Ambition, Inspiration, Creativity, Integrity, Community

The festival programmers will carefully select the films to be nominated for the following awards and will create a selection of nominated films to be screened in front of a live audience at the Cameo Cinema, Edinburgh. The winners will be announced at the event, on our website, and on social media.

To submit your work, choose at least one of the Main Categories. For increased value, we encourage filmmakers to add an Add-on Critique.

Awards will include Certificates, Treats, and exclusive online Distribution deals, and will be given in the following categories:

Best Feature-Length Documentary (> 40 min)
Best Short Documentary (< 40 min)
Best Experimental Documentary (non-fiction storytelling that challenges form and re-defines the genre)
Best Student Documentary
Best Scottish Production (discounted submission fees for films produced in Scotland)

In addition to the above-listed categories, we also offer the option of a Film Critique (as an add-on). Criticism may not always be agreeable but it is always necessary. Filmmakers require constructive feedback at every stage of their development, whether they're just starting out or they've been making films for decades. We offer you the opportunity to get your film project critiqued by one of the qualified film critics we collaborate with on our festivals. Regardless of whether your film is selected for screening, through this add-on, you receive an in-depth review (1-3 pages). The critique can be more or less general, or focus on particular elements - you choose.

✓ All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles (if in a different language).

✓ All films must have been made in or after 2021.

✓ Short films must not exceed 30 minutes.

✓ Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials.

✓ By submitting to us, you give us consent and right to screen your film in front of a live audience, and, under special circumstances, online screening.

✓ Nominations: These are all the films that have been nominated for an award in a category. Not all nominated films will be screened.

Official Selection: These are all the nominated films selected for screening, which will be notified via email. If you received a Nomination email, but no Official Selection email, it means your film will not be screened, but is still a contender for an award in its category. Award Winners: Chosen from the Nominations (which includes the Official Selection).

✓ We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

✓ We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through email and our online platforms.

✓ We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

✓ We do not accept partial screeners, trailers, or screener links that require access other than password protected links.

✓ Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmakers. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund. Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and a solution will be found.

✓ We cannot provide refunds.

✓ If you have submitted your project in the previous year, please do not resubmit the same project to the current edition.

✓ By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions and to receiving marketing newsletters and discounts about film festivals in the form of emails. We will never sell your information to third parties.

✓ We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • André Roseira

    It was my first time participating in the festival. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the event but the communication with the coordinator was excellent: always very kind and attentive.
    Thank you so much for considering my submission and also thank you for awarding me with the Best First-Time Filmmaker award. I wish you all the best in future editions.

    December 2022
  • Thank you very much for making this festival, I'm very happy to have participated.
    Thank you for giving visibility to documentaries, which often go beyond fiction.

    December 2022
  • Pablo Cruz Villalba

    Thank you very much for showing our film at the festival. We are very happy that people paid attention to a complex situation in our country. Thanks again for the best student documentary award

    December 2021
  • Simon Ray

    Really clear and friendly communication and a brilliant selection of films. Good crowd and enthusiastic audience. - looking forward to next year!

    October 2019
  • Machiel van den Heuvel

    I attended their event in Edinburgh. I saw some great films and the people of the organization were amazing! Thanks for the good time!

    October 2019