Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2024 Now Open For Entries!

The 14th edition with International Film Festival showcases, more short film screenings, trophies, cash prizes and awards!

ESFF is now a BIFA Qualifying festival.

One of the UK's strongest short film programmes & dedicated to short film and film-makers, with awards, trophies & cash prizes for:
Best Film, Best Animation & Best Scottish Short

We're also thrilled to be programming showcases of our best films for our 2024 international partners.

Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.

The final deadline for submissions is Friday June 21st 2024

Best Film
Best Animation
Best Scottish Short Film
(films produced or shot in Scotland)

Cash Prize

Winners may also be included in our 'Best of Fest' screening and included in any showcase programme we present at our international film festival partners editions. We will contact the filmmaker for their agreement to participate in any of these partner programmes and provide invitations to attend.

All Genres Considered
Films must be a maximum of 25 mins in length
Films should have been completed since January 2021
Early Deadline: Friday Feb 23rd 2024
Regular Deadline: Friday May 17th 2024
Final Deadline: Friday June 21st 2024

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so very much, that we could be part of the festival! Hope to make it to Edinburgh next time!

    November 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your kind feedback Beatrice, and for letting us screen Ethel, congratulations , it's a wonderful stop motion!
    Good luck with Ethel and your next film project and hopefully see you at a future ESFF!

  • Lipa Hussain

    Such an incredible honour to be screened in our home city! This festival was so special and communication with them was so easy. The festival was so well organised and a fantastic crowd!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your review Lipa, we're glad we could screen your film and wish you all the best with it and with your next project!

  • Sarahjane Swan

    It was fantastic to have our latest experiment in analogue filmmaking "Crayola Dream Theatre" included in this year's wonderful programme. Great to meet up again with festival director Paul Bruce and Head of Programming Rebecca Selby afterwards. - Avant Kinema (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian) x

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind review! Hopefully we'll catch up with you again another time. All the best with Crayola Dream Theatre and your next project!

  • This was a wonderful event with great programming. Thank you for having us.

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Ivar
    Thanks for your kind comments, we're glad to be able to screen Kassandra and it was wonderful to meet you.
    We wish you all the best with Kassandra and your next project!

  • A really excellent festival all round. The communication through the planning process was faultless, and the screening itself was a great night out, with a very high caliber of films. An honour to be included. A festival I won't soon forget - Cheers, Paul!

    November 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Blair
    Many thanks for your kind words and for sending us Moment of Impact! Good luck with the film and your next project and hopefully we'll catch up with you again soon!