The European Short Film Festival’s mission to bring international independent short film to the widest possible audience in Europe and beyond.

The Festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, to support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking and its related disciplines.

The European Short Film Festival was established to utilise the power of film to further the goal of inter-cultural understanding among nations and to assist in the building of a shared artistic experience.

ESFF accepts films and awards prizes in the following categories:

Short Film
Comedy Short
Short Documentary
Animated Short
Experimental Short
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Music Video

ESFF accepts only online digital submissions (such as FilmFreeway online screeners and Vimeo), no hard copies ie. discs in the mail.

For programming purposes, ESFF regards a short film as 40 minutes or under.

Overall Rating
  • Yuxin Zhao

    I am so pleased that my film could be included in this great festival. The organizers have done an excellent job.

    July 2021
  • Michael Fantauzzi

    Thank you very much for appreciating my work! It was a wonderfull experience!

    July 2021
  • Very honored and happy, thank you so much for selecting our first film, Precious Balance Walk. We enjoyed watching many of the other films, great curation.

    July 2021
  • Hannah Tookey

    Really enjoyed this festival, a great curation of films and very good communication. Thanks so much for selecting 'Pointe Black'!

    July 2021
  • My film Ghost Me had it's first premiere with this festival and despite it being virtual this year, I was so happy with my experience! The organizer Mary was super helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for including us in your lineup of terrific films this year! Looking forward to the next one. :)

    July 2021