Accepting short films, music videos, animations and documentaries in any genre.
Exit 6 Film Festival is an all-day celebration of short films taking place at multiple venues in the heart of Basingstoke, UK, including Vue Cinema.
As filmmakers ourselves, we know how rewarding it can be to screen your work to people outside your regular circle of friends and colleagues, and also have the opportunity to give that audience an insight into the processes that brought it to life. That's why we invite a representative of each selected film to take part in a short Q&A right after the film has screened. However, as much as our audience would love to hear from you first-hand, attendance to the festival is not a condition of selection.
There will also be guest industry speakers giving talks throughout the day on different aspects of film-making, covering a range of topics from pre-production through to post-production and beyond.
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 team will select the films for the festival programme, including the 'Judges 6' - the 6 films shortlisted for our Best Film award, the winner of which will be selected by this year’s guest judge. Last year's winner was selected by Pacific Rim, Torchwood and The Expanse star - and Exit 6 Patron - Burn Gorman.
This year we will be awarding Best Cinematography, Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best Editing for the first time. The 6 nominees in each category will be selected from the entire official selection, and will be informed of such when receiving notification their film is in the programme.
These awards will be presented at the end of the Judge's 6.
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 on the day, with the winner announced at the Afterparty.
After a day and evening of watching some wonderful work (or sweating over what audiences may have thought of yours) it’s time to let your hair down and enjoy the rest of the evening with drinks and music.
All attendees will be invited to the Aftershow Party to celebrate a fantastic day with friends old and new.
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!"
* Each Film must have been completed on or after 1st October 2018.
* The maximum running time including credits is 15 minutes.
*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.
* 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.
* 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.