Welcome to Durham Film Festival!

This is a Durham University student-run short film festival open to everyone globally regardless of whether you are a student or not. So, if you are an aspiring filmmaker, DFF will be an incredible opportunity for you to shine!

There are 3 categories to enter your short film in:

* Student Filmmaker - For student film-makers anywhere. Submissions must be sent from your university/educational institution email. Please ensure you set up your FilmFreeway account with your university/educational instituion email address. (£5 entry fee)

* North East Filmmaker - (Student or otherwise) Open to film-makers based in the North East of England (£5 entry fee)

* General Entry - Open to non-students everywhere. (£7)

The Official Selection will consist of 15 short films, shortlisted by the team. These films will be screened in-person in Durham, England by Durham Film Festival- venue TBC.

The Official Selection will then be judged by a representative from the British Film Institute (BFI)- Judge to be revealed soon!

From the Official Selection, there will be awards for Best Student Film, Best North East Film, and Best Short International Film.

Durham International Film Festival is open to international films is accepting short films submissions only.

1. Films which have been broadcast on Television, Cable or have had an international theatrical release prior to our festival are NOT eligible.

2. All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

3. All films must have a maximum runtime of 30 minutes.

4. All film dialogue not in English should be subtitled.

4. Films selected for Official Selection will be screened in person by Durham Film Festival, venue TBC

Overall Rating
  • Jess Clark

    Great festival run by an enthusiastic and knowledgable team. Great communication and a great atmosphere around the event itself. Thoroughly recommend entering.

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Jess! We're so glad you enjoyed this year's fest.