Emerging Filmmakers Night (EFN) is a quarterly International Short Film Festival that showcases work by emerging talent.

*EFN is a BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) Qualifying Short Film Festival*

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

SUMMER/AUTUMN MEGA EDITION SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

*** 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.

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

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:
• Screening before a commercially distributed film at Genesis Cinema!
• 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
• 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.
• Video chat with the winning director on Film Fest Report's Filmmaker's Corner published on their IGTV 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:
• Screening before a commercially distributed film at Genesis Cinema!
• 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.
• Video chat with the winning director on Film Fest Report's Filmmaker's Corner published on their IGTV 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.

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  • Christos Georgoudakis

    The people behind EFN Nights are passionate about what they do and well organized when it comes to communication. As a filmmaker, I felt safe to screen my film with them and as a viewer had a great time exploring their programme appreciating the way they curated the films. Wish them the best and to keep growing as a festival!

    July 2021
  • Celestine Fraser

    I honestly can't recommend this festival highly enough. One of the best experiences I've had as a filmmaker: from the insightful and fascinating questions they asked during the live Q&A they held with me, from the clear connection they have with an engaged enthusiastic audience. I was amazed at how lovely - and actually live! - they managed to make an online festival feel. It's a tricky time for artists: and this festival as been one of my recent highlights. Thank you EFN!

    February 2021
  • I couldn't make the full even this time, but was really glad my short film "True Sound Façade" made it to the new experimental strand ! Really enjoyed the masterclasses too, from this and a previous event. Great community and great communication, I will definitely keep getting involved.

    May 2021
  • J P

    The live screening event hosted by Emerging Filmmakers Night was superb and I am very grateful for them selecting one of my films to play in the official line up.

    The Team at EFN dedicated time to feeding back on each film and their comments were thought provoking and encouraging.

    Big up these lot, submit your film now and support support support!

    Best and thank you,
    Maka

    May 2021
  • Tiffany Tong

    It has been a great time with EFN-Emerging Filmmakers Night, such an honor to win the Critics' Choice Award, thank you so much! I do believe everyone enjoy the night and have a wonderful time.

    Will definitely remember how professional they were as a festival for my film and the experience I got. Can't wait to participate the next season of EFN Festival.

    May 2021