EFN Short Film Festival (Emerging Filmmakers Night) is a BIFA qualifying international festival that showcases, educates and promotes emerging filmmakers.

Through our annual festival in September and targeted industry events throughout the year, we provide new filmmakers from all socio-economic backgrounds and age groups with the space to express themselves and the tools to navigate within the industry intelligently and with confidence.

Being a team of filmmakers and programmers, we have an eye for raw talent and are particularly interested in unique and authored voices.

EFN Short Film Festival consists of:

> EFN Awards Night:

- An annual in person and live-streamed hybrid event with films in competition.
- Two awards: CRITICS’ CHOICE and AUDIENCE FAVOURITE.
- A panel of highly accredited critics (Leeds Int. Film Festival, BBC, TIFF)
- Live Q&As with the filmmakers.
- Audience interaction with questions & comments in real-time.
- Reaching over 3000 cinephiles per event from over 35 countries.

> Official Selections Screenings

> Affordable Industry workshops in Screenwriting, Festival Strategy and Funding.

> Specially curated panel discussions.

SEPTEMBER 2022 SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

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

*EFN welcomes work by new and emerging talent who are in an early stage of their career irrespective of age. We consider all filmmakers (students, recent graduates and seasoned short filmmakers) provided they haven't yet released a feature film or long form work at the time of submission*

*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 The Garden 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.
•. Winners will receive a 4-month InkTip Pro Membership. As an InkTip Pro Member, thousands of filmmakers can find and read your scripts, and you'll be able to pitch directly to production companies every week. With over 3,000 options and 400 movies made, InkTip is the place for independent film.
• 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 The Garden 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.

EFN welcomes work by new and emerging talent who are in an early stage of their career irrespective of age. We consider all filmmakers, (students, recent graduates and seasoned short filmmakers), as long as they haven't yet released a feature film or long form work at the time of submission.

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  • 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
  • Sari Katharyn

    I was very happy when I received the news that our film was selected for EFN, because it is one of the best festivals for new filmmakers — the team really champions both the films and the filmmakers. After every screening, we got to hear from the filmmakers about their process and intentions, and we got to ask them questions that we were curious about. They also offer valuable prizes for the films that win either the Main Competition or the Audience Award, which is much appreciated!

    Even if I couldn’t make it in person, I had an amazing time watching the festival online. The films selected were all really different in terms of genre, tone, and story, so it is constantly intriguing and engaging. Their process for online Q&A for filmmakers like me who couldn’t make it was also quite seamless. I am grateful that they made the effort to involve everyone as much as they could. Thank you so much, and I hope to attend more EFN festivals in the future! :)

    October 2021
  • Mila Araoz Ellis

    A wonderful festival creating a really special evening for all those there. I wasn't able to be there but the Q&A online worked really smoothly and it just felt really special to be part of this night. I can't wait to go to the next one!

    October 2021
  • Such an amazing festival! So kind, welcoming and accommodating. Could not recommend enough, thank you so much for having me!

    October 2021
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    A terrific festival run by a team of dedicated, passionate and loyal staff - this festival will just continue to keep growing!

    October 2021