Welcome to Edinburgh’s first and only annual Documentary Film Festival!

Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest launched for the first time in 2018 bringing documentary and non-fiction storytelling to the heart of Edinburgh. With the vision to be more than a film festival, Edinburgh Docufest takes place in local venues of historical significance that can serve as a connecting platform between the audience and filmmakers.

Covering a wide range of observational and experimental documentaries, fresh student films and shorts addressing social and environmental issues, we hope that Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest will open new worlds and give new perspectives.

Drawing our energy from Edinburgh’s bustling atmosphere and long history in arts, our film Festival comes as a fresh addition to steer independent cinema and give voice to all.

The Close:Up Edinburgh Docufest is organised by HFP, a pioneer organisation that runs Film Festivals and other events showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices with a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. HFP runs 25 film Festivals worldwide.

The Festival's award-winning films are presented at the end of the screenings and are announced on our official website and social media.

All winners receive our official award certificate.

✓ 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 2022.

✓ Short films must not exceed 45 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).

✓ Film Critique: With this service, an experienced film professional will review your project and write a 1 to 2 pages critique (depending on the length of the film) of the submitted film. Both films and screenplays can be submitted into this category. Film critiques are sent to filmmakers within 1 to 3 months after the Film Festival event. This service cannot be combined with discount codes and is offered as an add-on option. In order to combine the Add-on Film Critique with a category, write down the Category of your choice on your Cover Letter or Director's Statement.

✓ 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
  • Fredie Chan

    Good festival, well organised and welcoming!

    January 2024
  • Caroline Strong

    We were delighted to be Finalists in the Best Scottish Production category, with our feature, the Bough Breaks. What a brilliant celebration of independent documentary film making. Thank you so much, we are honoured.

    November 2023
  • 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