Accepting short films, music videos, animations and documentaries in any genre.

THE FESTIVAL

Exit 6 Film Festival is a week-long celebration of short films, showcasing films and filmmakers online before culminating in a one-day physical event taking place at multiple venues in the heart of Basingstoke, UK.

Now a staple on the UK short film festival circuit, Exit 6 was created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, that in 2021 will be celebrating it's 6th edition.

As filmmakers ourselves, we know how important it is to share your work with new audiences, and to have the opportunity to share insights into how that work was brought to life. That's why we invite representatives of each selected film to take part in Q&A's online, and in person with those who are able to join us on the physical festival day.

Across the festival week, we will have a range special industry guests giving talks on different aspects of filmmaking, from funding, pre-production, post-production and beyond. We will also host online and in-person networking events, making sure every filmmaker selected for Exit 6 has the chance to meet with their peers and feel part of the festival even if they're unable to attend in person.

We keep submission and ticket fees as low as possible because we understand raising the money to make your film is hard enough - and we want you to enjoy your achievement with us!

RECOGNITION & REWARD

The Exit 6 judging panel will decide the Official Selection, plus the nominations for each of our special award categories, including those that will form the much-coveted JUDGE'S 6 - the 6 films in contention to win Best Film.

Nominees for our special award categories - Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Performance and Best Editing - will be chosen from the entire Official Selection, and notified as such during the festival week.

The winners will be selected by our special guest judges for each category, who in recent years have included Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Torchwood), Jeffrey Ford (Avengers: Endgame), Nanu Segal (The Levelling), Shelley Conn (Liar) and Angela Workman (The Zookeeper's Wife).

In addition, our 6th award of the festival is the Audience Choice award, for which all of the films in the festival programme can be voted for by ballot across the week. All winners will be announced during our live awards ceremony.

AFTERPARTY

After watching some wonderful work (or sweating over what audiences may have thought of yours) it’s time to let your hair down. As well as hosting some fun online party sessions during the week, we especially look forward to welcoming all festival attendees able to join us for our legendary afterparty and celebrating with them throughout the night.

Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Performance
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Audience Choice

2020 Best Film winning co-director Steven Chatterton (Adnan):

"Exit 6 Film Festival sets a high bar for how welcoming it is to filmmakers and also for the overall content that is provided. Every single person in the Exit 6 team was completely standout in just how lovely and friendly they were and I left this virtual festival feeling like I’d made some new friends. In terms of content, every day provided something useful via masterclasses and industry talks. The calibre of films is very high and the select number of 45 makes the festival feel very accessible. This comparatively smaller number also makes you feel very special for being chosen in the first place. To have been selected for the Judges 6 put us in fine company, the other 5 films were outstanding. To have won best film was just amazing! Exit 6 is a GREAT festival."

2019 Best Film winning director Zoe Dobson (The Cunning Man):

"This incredibly friendly and professional run festival is a real gem, that we were chuffed to be part of. The standard of films was truly impressive. Huge congratulations to the selection team, every film I watched in the festival was superbly crafted and executed. It’s a truly inclusive festival with a great atmosphere. The Awards night party was a perfect opportunity to meet the both the audience and fellow filmmakers. Whether you are a film maker or film buff, I highly recommend Exit 6, it’s one of the best around and may it go from strength to strength."

2018 Best Film winning director Christopher Haydon (In Wonderland):

"We had such a great time at Exit 6. It was thrilling to see our film in such a strong line up, and winning the Best Film award judged by Burn Gorman was a huge vote of confidence in our work."

2017 Best Film winning director Liam Harris (Perched):

"Exit 6 was a really wonderful day for us. There was a great vibe about the festival coming from both the Exit 6 team and also the attendees. We were extremely fortunate to come away with the 'Best Film' award which was truly humbling, especially as we were screening alongside some extremely professional filmmakers and talented visual artists, all of which you will certainly be hearing from again in the future!"

Completion Date
* Each Film must have been completed on or after 1st October 2018.

Running Time
* The maximum running time including credits is 15 minutes.

Language
*If the film is not in English, subtitles in English must be embedded on-screen. If this is not provided at time of submission, we will disqualify the entry.

Copyright
* By entering the EXIT 6 FILM FESTIVAL you are confirming you are the owner of the submitted project and hold copyright to all material used in the film.

Genre
* We accept films of any genre.

Promotional
* You agree to give the EXIT 6 FILM FESTIVAL permission to link/display your project's FB/Twitter page/Poster/Stills on all of the EXIT 6 FILM FESTIVAL's various social media outlets.

Submission
* Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway only. Entry Fees are non-refundable.

Entry
* We do not limit the number of films you can enter.

Premiere Status
* We do not require Premiere status, but please let us know if we are the first to show your film. Films available online are admissible.

Country of Origin
* Exit 6 is an International Festival, we will accept films from anywhere in the world.

Media
* We only accept digital submissions, do not send us any DVDs or Blu-Rays.

You
* Filmmakers of any age, experience, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation are welcome to submit.

FESTIVAL RULES

* All entries will be watched by at least three members of the Exit 6 judging panel. The panel will select the final festival programme and also the top 6 films (Judges 6), from which the Best Film will be chosen by our independent guest judge(s). The selection panel will also select 6 nominees for the Best Cinematography, Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best Editing awards, the winner of each will be chosen by a guest judge.

* The Audience Choice Award will be voted for throughout the day and the winner announced at the Afterparty.

* If your film is selected for the programme, a representative of the film will be invited to take part in a Q&A on stage immediately after your film has screened.

*Selected films will be sent official selection laurels. Judges 6 films will receive special laurels.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • JJAM JJAM

    A festival that goes to great lengths to make sure that every selection gets promotion and a chance to shine.

    November 2020
  • Azhur Saleem

    Really fantastic festival and so thrilled to have been a part of it this year. The team at Exit 6 did a fantastic job of switching to an online-only event this year, complete with Q&As that were easily accessible for each film.

    November 2020
  • I have no words to describe how excited we were to be part of this event, congratulations to the organizers and the winners, greetings to all, a hug from Tehran

    November 2020
  • Daniel Lir

    Even during Covid 19, this festival is just INCREDIBLE. Filmmaker friendly, caring, in communication, creating opportunities. They did these incredible and professional Filmmaker interviews. Just LOVE them.

    October 2020
  • Harvey Eaton

    Honestly, the best film festival I've ever attended.

    Where to start...the team are unbelievably caring, attentive, welcoming and encouraging. The films were fantastic, the interviews and Q&As were deep and fascinating, and the general atmosphere is the entire reason why you make films and enter film festivals in the first place. Can't wait to enter anything I make into this festival in the future, just to be part of it again!

    October 2020