Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2021 Now Open For Entries!

The 10th Anniversary edition with International Film Festival showcases, more short film screenings, trophies, cash prizes and awards!

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 2020 partners:

Adriatic Film Festival
Budapest Short Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti
Cortoglobo Film Festival
Balkans Beyond Borders Film Festival
and Manipulate Theatre & Animation Festival!

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

The final deadline for submissions is Monday June 21st 2021

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

Cash Prize

The screenplay of the winning film will also receive a free Inktip script listing on Inktip - the on-line screenwriting agency - InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers; Producers have made more than 375 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.

All Genres Considered
Films must be a maximum of 25 mins in length
Films should have been completed since January 2018
Early Deadline: Monday Feb 22nd 2021
Regular Deadline: Monday May 17th 2021
Final Deadline: Monday 21st June 2021

Overall Rating
  • Tariq Keblaoui

    Was a pleasure to be a part of the Edinburgh SFF! Great communication and hospitality.

    December 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for your kind words Tariq and glad you enjoyed it!

  • ESFF are superb to communicate with. They are so friendly and professional. We had two clients screen with them this year, POOF and THE LEGEND OF BOB LEONARD, A real filmmakers film festival in a brilliant city. We can't recommend them enough.

    November 2018
  • CATALINA Jordan Alvarez

    Personal and very friendly festival.

    January 2018
  • Martin Lennon

    Great festival. Very well organised.

    December 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback, Martin, much appreciated!

  • Lino Palena

    A great festival in a stunning location with amazing staff. Great selection overall and good networking for a young and independent festival.

    June 2016