Accepting short films of 15-minutes or less in any genre.


Exit 6 Film Festival is a BIFA-qualifying celebration of short film, showcasing films and filmmakers both online and across a one-day in-person event taking place in the heart of Basingstoke, UK.

Our volunteer-led event is now a staple on the UK short film festival circuit, created by filmmakers, for filmmakers. In 2024 we will be celebrating our 9th edition, screening a host of shorts at VUE Festival Place.

As well as sharing your work with new audiences, we know the value of having a platform to share insights into how it was made. That's why we invite representatives of each selected film to take part in both pre-recorded Q&A's online and live Q&A's for those who are able to join us on the festival day - and right after your end credits roll!

On the day, we also host networking opportunities and a range of special industry guests to discuss everything from funding, to production, post and beyond.

At Exit 6 we keep our submission and ticket fees as low as possible. We understand that raising the money to both make your film and then take it on a festival run is hard enough, and we want you to enjoy your achievement with us!


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 are selected by our special guest judges for each category, who in recent years have included James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Torchwood), Jeffrey Ford (Avengers: Endgame), Nanu Segal (Emma), Benedict Spence (The End of the F***ing World), Shelley Conn (Good Omens), Angela Workman (The Zookeeper's Wife), David Rom (Ted Lasso), Mark Towns (Saint Maud), Ben Willbond (Ghosts), and Jennifer Sheridan (Rose: A Love Story).

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.


After a day watching some wonderful work, it’s time to let your hair down. We especially look forward to welcoming all festival attendees to our legendary awards party where all awards will be announced/presented, celebrations continue throughout the night.


Exit 6 Film Festival is proud to partner with local charity St. Michael's Hospice, which means a donation from every single film submitted is sent directly to this worthy cause - so by supporting us, you're also supporting them.

Find out more about their important work at

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

Completion Date
* Each Film must have been completed on or after 1st October 2022.

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

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

* 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.

* We accept films of any genre.

* 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.

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

* 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.

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

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


* 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.

UPDATE COVID-19 - Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We reserve the right to change the festival to a virtual online festival if it is not possible to host the event in a physical venue.

Overall Rating
  • Misha McCullagh

    We didn’t make it down to Exit 6 but we were so grateful that CANDY got selected to screen. It’s such a great festival and the programming is amazing. Thank you all!

    November 2023
  • Stephen Hagan

    An absulte joy to be invocved with. Everyone involved in fornt and behind the scenes is so passionate about film. And you can feel that energy around every corner.

    November 2023
  • Guen Murroni

    Absolutely lovely, really welcoming, really organised, run by folks that really care for film. Highly recommend.

    October 2023
  • Sunita Soliar & Statten Roeg

    Exit 6 is a great festival. They pack a great deal into one day and give a lot of care to the filmmakers. And the party at the end is very fun!

    October 2023
  • Sara Chia-Jewell

    Had the best time. Run by brilliant people and filmmakers who just get it.

    October 2023