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
  • Thom Jackson-Wood

    A big thanks to European Short Film Festival for organising an exciting experience that was completely online, in very trying circumstances with Covid. Delighted that my short film "A Peace of Europe: Brexit, The EU & The Good Friday Agreement" won Best Documentary and an Audience Award!

    Having the festival online was great as I was able to invite many of my friends in the UK to come and watch it - hope this can again in future years.

    December 2020
  • Ashley Mellinger

    Communication was very good and the programming was great! Such a lovely international festival to be a part of as a first-time screenwriter.

    November 2020
  • Russell Emanuel

    Wonderful film festival that treated us well, thank you so much!

    November 2020
  • Rob Wright

    Fantastic Fest. Really well organised and friendly organiser!

    October 2017
  • Matilda Szydagis

    This festival just embodied enthusiasm for the filmmakers and the films. Thanks so much again for having us!!

    October 2017