Emerging Filmmakers Night also known as EFN is a quarterly International Short Film Festival that showcases work by emerging directors.

> 4 seasonal live-streamed events per year, available globally.
> 2 awards given on the night, the CRITICS’ CHOICE and the AUDIENCE FAVOURITE
> A panel of highly acclaimed critics (Leeds Int. Film Festival, BBC, Genesis cinema)
> Live Q&As with the filmmakers.
> Audience interaction with questions & comments in real-time.
> Reaching over than 3000 cinephiles per event from over 35 countries.

We value inclusivity, equal representation, and developing voices of emerging talent

WINTER EDITION: 25th January 2021


*** We accept films of any genre and type: COMEDY, DRAMA, HORROR, ANIMATION, DOCUMENTARY, all are welcome***

*Submission discounts available to Gold Members and Students.

*Special 20% discount for those who have submitted before.
Email us at info@efnfestival.org to get your promo code.

*Special 20% submission discount from our partners at Oxford International Short Film Festival 2021 for all EFN submitters. Email info@efnfestival.org with proof of submission to get your promo code.

Full details can be found in Categories and Fees.

***Critics’ Choice***

This award will be given to the film that our panel of business insiders, programmers and curators feel showcases outstanding talent.

The winning film gets:
• Feedback by the critics LIVE on the night!
• Final Draft is proud to support the EFN Film Festival and provide the winner with a copy of Final Draft 11! With Final Draft 11, you can brainstorm, visualise, report, tag, collaborate and customise your writing environment like never before.
•. One InkTip Script Listing promoting the script and the writer to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Producers have made more than 393 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.
• An annual membership with Shooting People
• Gold Membership at East London's Genesis Cinema for a month
• An exclusive video interview with myDylarama (official partner of Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival). The interview will be published online on MyDylarama.org.uk & on our EFN YouTube Channel.

***Audience Favourite***

We've always been very proud of our audience. The multi-discipline, film-loving bunch have always been engaged by and curious about the shorts we screen and the stories behind them. With this in mind, we're offering the audience a chance to reward the film they best connected with. Make no mistake though, our audience will be just as discerning as our panel of experts!

The winning film gets:
• An annual membership with Shooting People
• An exclusive video interview with myDylarama (official partner of Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival). The interview will be published online on MyDylarama.org.uk & on our EFN YouTube Channel.

All films must be no longer than 20 minutes and not older than 3 years.
Students using the Student discount rate must upload a copy of their student ID to their 'Files & Attachments' section located on their Project File page.

1 entry category per submission.
1 submission per filmmaker.
1 promo code per submission.

Overall Rating
  • Janet Marrett

    Thanks Erifili, Mike & Ioanna,Seriously enjoyed the EFN True Grit Autumn 2020 programme - such a great online atmosphere for an evening packed with uniquely amazing films, interesting filmmaker Q&A's and insightful feedback from the panel of critics - altogether an thoroughly entertaining night.On behalf of our team, we are delighted to have had CLEARING in the official selection!

    September 2020
  • Stelios Koukouvitakis

    Excellent festival with high quality choices and a great Q&A afterwards. The organising team put a lot of effort and it shows - highly recommended!

    July 2020
  • Eric Geynes

    Fantastic experience! Mike and Erifili communicated a lot prior to the event and the online Q&A was a great opportunity to exchange with viewers and network with fellow filmmakers and festival programmers.

    July 2020
  • Louis Chan

    The EFN team were a lovely bunch and really put on a well curated show, as well as showcasing a diverse array of emerging talent. My short film Stationary featured in their Summer showcase which was a fantastic experience and we were even lucky enough to pick up an award!

    The event was well organised, clear communication and you could tell run by people that care about indie filmmaking. Would highly recommend.


    July 2020