Edinburgh Short Film Festival - Submissions Now Open for 2018!

Screening the best in International contemporary short film across 8 nights in Edinburgh each Autumn (& programming
for other festivals across the UK & Internationally,) the ESFF is now open for submission for short film-makers globally!

We're also offering cash prizes for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Film, networking events and workshops.

This year, we're also excited to be curating film programmes for our 2018 partners:

DC Shorts - The US East Coast's largest short film event,
Mecal - the Barcelona International Short Film Festival
Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti
Hidden Door
and many others!

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

Open for entries online and via FilmFreeway!


The Deadline for submissions is Monday June 25th 2018

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.

All Genres Considered
Films must be a maximum of 25 mins in length
Films should have been completed since January 2016
Deadline for submissions is Monday June 25th 2018

Overall Rating
  • 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