Exeter International Film Festival is held in the historic city of Exeter, England. The city boasts a famous Cathedral, and was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain. Its city motto is 'Semper Fidelis'; always faithful.

It is our mission to bring to the people of Exeter the best in Independent Filmmaking from around the world, regardless of genre, budget or language.

Over 95% of our programming is selected from our open submission process to allow new and emerging talents the opportunity to have their work recognised and brought to an audience.

We aim to have an engrossing selection of feature films, backed with a huge array of arresting short films, and a selection of short and feature-length documentaries.

We are a family run business with independent film making and distribution experience of over 40 films dating back to 2009, including managing several other International Film Festivals.

This makes us a great choice for any film festival attendee as we understand the process you have been going through from beginning to end.

We will have a number of awards in each category. Although the full list of awards will be determined by the films selected, we anticipate between 20 and 40 different awards being made in the festival.

Films submitted in the incorrect category will be automatically disqualified, & any fees paid will not be reimbursed.
At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to the correct category, but only if the appropriate level of submission fee has been paid. Any excess fees paid will not be reimbursed.

A) Guidelines

Films that have been aired on UK television prior to the Festival, are available for purchase on DVD or on VOD in Europe, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.
Films previously submitted to the Southampton International Film Festival are NOT eligible.
Films must be submitted on DVD or Blu-Ray. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals. We can only screen films from a DVD or Blu-Ray.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and preview DVD screener) will be processed.
Please submit a typed or clearly printed entry form or a copy of the online form receipt along with the submission. The Southampton International Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.
Students must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc.).

B) Deadlines

In order to be eligible for discounted rates, postal submissions should be postmarked before the dates given.

C) Shipping

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

All international entries must be sent to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Southampton International Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. All shipments should be marked as no commercial value.

D) Judging & Selection

Feature, Documentary, Short and Animation Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Southampton International Film Festival Programming Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email.

All competitive film categories, including the Southampton Award and Short Film Competition are judged before the Festival.

All entrants will be notified on or before August 28, 2016.

For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high resolution stills from the film and at least one high resolution photograph of the film's director. The Festival also requests publicity materials and a video trailer (if available). Publicity and press materials will not be returned.

E) Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. These fees may be paid by check or money order, made payable to Capture Events ltd, or Paypal or through FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Fabio Miranda

    it was amazing! Very good Festival! :)

    March 2017