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


Exit 6 Film Festival is a week-long celebration of short films and filmmakers, showcasing films both online and across a one-day in-person event taking place at Vue and other 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, and in 2023 will be celebrating it's 8th edition.

We know how important it is to share your work with new audiences, and have the opportunity to share insights into how that work was created. That's why we invite representatives of each selected film to take part in Q&A's online and in person for those who are able to join us on the physical festival day, when we will host a range special industry guests giving talks on everything from funding, to production, post and beyond.

We keep our 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!


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 Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Torchwood), Jeffrey Ford (Avengers: Endgame), Nanu Segal (The Levelling), Shelley Conn (Liar), 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, itโ€™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.

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 2020.

Running Time
* 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.

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
  • Annette Westwood

    One of the most fantastic festivals around! The festival line-up for Exit 6 2022 was sensational, as is the Exit 6 team!! Huge thanks for programming our film and for being incredbile champions of independent short film...& ๐Ÿ’– to Basingstoke!

    October 2022
  • Still, and always, a huge favourite.

    October 2022
  • Katherine Press

    Awesome festival! Loved the extra touches like the pre-recorded online Q&As, & the chats after each film had screened. Really made us feel welcome & part of something special! Winning the Audience Choice was the icing on the cake - thank you Exit 6!

    October 2022
  • Ian Killick

    A great festival, and a real pleasure to be there in person and meet the team. A warm welcome and a fist class selection of shorts. Highly recommended

    October 2022
  • loved it - thanks for the selection

    October 2022