Welcome to The Third Colchester Independent Short Film Festival , set in the historic city steeped in tradition of the arts dating back to pre Roman times

Friday 19 May 2023
Saturday 20 May 2023 : 6 to 9 pm
The Curzon , 19 Queen St, Colchester, Essex CO1 2PH

Tickets available on Eventbrite , google
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Our goal is to find talented filmmakers and help them promote their work.


We accept short films , max length 20 minutes , from all genres with one main award , The Colchester Indie Short Film Festival Best Film , in addition to an award for second place and a special mention

Colchester , the historic town that never sleeps, is a hotspot for filmmakers who want to promote their independent projects.Your film will be reviewed by our screeners team and the highest scored ones will be selected as Official Selection receiving corresponding Laurels. Then, our jury will choose the winners for either category and they will receive the Official Laurels and Certificates.

All films entered will be screened in our public event where you will have the opportunity to network with filmmakers and people from the industry.All seats complimentary for competition participants

One category :The Colchester Indie Short Film Festival Best Film Award

Two Awards : Best Film Award and second place Award with special mention

Any genre , max length 20 mins

Award winners get certificate plus gift package from sponsor , to be confirmed , all entry candidates get comp ticket to event

Films must be of maximum duration 20 minutes

Entry fees are non refundable

In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

Overall Rating
  • An amazing evening, so great to be at an actual live event. Everyone was incredibly friendly, and it was fantastic to be able to see my all of the films in such a great venue. Thank you for selecting Ghostlight as an entry!

    May 2022
  • Steve Downey

    Excellent film festival. Well done to Nick and everyone else involved. Very well organised and superb communications. Our film "We are the Lost Girls" looked great on the big screen and we were awarded a "Special Mention" prize.

    May 2022
  • Acacia Khonji

    I enjoyed this festival very much. It was held at the Curzon Cinema in Colchester, itself wonderful with comfy seats, great food, and the festival was packed. The films were very entertaining and high quality and presented impeccably by the organiser Nick Pelas, who kindly gave my film Letitia a special mention. Thank you for a lovely time.

    May 2022
  • Joe Dearman

    A great festival and honoured that my film To Raise Her Spirits was a part of it.

    May 2022
  • Pawan Sahni

    It was amazing to see my short film "Transgressor" screened at a Curzon cinema in front of live audience, thank you Nick for organising this event, and for giving our film the runners up award.

    So many great filmmakers sharing their work, we were all winners.

    May 2022