The Dorking Film Festival is a little film festival that shows films with a local flavour from Dorking, Surrey and the south-east of England. We’re also into independent films and world cinema.


Short films eligibility
-- UK Adult Shorts – director aged 19 years or older
-- UK Student Shorts – director in higher education.
-- UK Junior Shorts – director aged 18 years or younger.
-- Films should have been completed in 2017 or 2018.
-- Films should be under 30 minutes in duration.
-- Filmmakers for the UK categories should be resident in the United Kingdom.
-- Entries for the Adventure Shorts category can be made from filmmakers based anywhere.

-- All non-English language films should have English subtitles.
-- All rights, permissions and clearances must be obtained prior to submission in accordance with UK copyright laws.
-- A film should only be submitted in ONE category.
-- For the age-specific categories the director should be of the appropriate age at the time the film was completed.


-- Films should be submitted on DVD/Blu-ray or via FilmFreeway.
-- Films should be submitted with contact details (including email) and the running time of the film.
-- We are particularly interested in films made in Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent or Hampshire. If you have a link to one of these counties let us know in your submission.
-- Submitted films will not be returned since we don’t have the budget.

Fees: Entry fees depend on the category.

Short films fees
-- Entry is FREE to everyone who submits their film by post.
-- Entry is FREE for filmmakers aged 18 years or younger via FilmFreeway.
-- Entry is FREE for any filmmakers with links to Surrey via FilmFreeway. Contact us for the fee waiver code.
-- Entry is £10 via FilmFreeway.

Delivery address: DVD screeners with a completed entry form should be sent to the following address:

Dorking Film Festival
Ground Floor, Sollis House
20 Hook Road
KT19 8TR

Receipt of submission:

-- If you would like to receive confirmation that we have received your submission please indicate this on the submissions form.

Selection & screening:

-- Selection will be conducted by the Dorking Film Festival team.
-- Our word is final.
-- We aim to inform successful applicants by 9 December 2018.
-- Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

Overall Rating
  • Gavin Damerell

    Really friendly atmosphere and great venue. Quality of films was high and shown with care (sound/lighting) Certainly will be entering again next year.

    Big thumbs up for the Dorking Film Festival.

    (RandomFly Productions)

    March 2019
  • This is a great little festival for the south east of England. The organisers are very friendly and welcoming and the films diverse. Let's hope it gets bigger and bigger each year!

    April 2019
  • Tania Whatley

    Hi this is a small local festival, David the organiser was friendly and helpful and Luke Whatley-Bigg made a short film of the highlights of the festival.

    March 2019
  • Jess O'Brien

    Thank you to the Dorking Film Festival for selecting our film. Sadly we couldn't attend but we had excellent communication from the film and will definitely submit again.

    April 2018
  • adriana falcinelli

    Had a great time at the festival, everyone was friendly and it was well organised. I brought the star of my documentary with me, we had an enjoyable afternoon and rounded off the day by winning best doc film as voted by the audience which meant the world to us. Big thanks to the organisers.

    March 2018