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
  • Thank you for choosing my work! It was an awesome festival!

    October 2022
  • Ken Rischard

    It was a pleasure being nominated :)

    July 2022
  • Mickey Smith

    Thankyou for your support & encouragement!

    July 2022
  • This is a really great festival! They clearly communicate everything you need to know, and they are so appreciative of the artists and the work they present.

    July 2022
  • Charlotte Cristin

    A real pleasure to be part of this festival, even online ! The communication is really good and everything was sharp :)

    January 2022