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 both online before culminating into 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, and in 2022 will be celebrating it's 7th edition.

As filmmakers ourselves, we know how important it is to share your work with new audiences, as well as 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.

Across the festival week, we will host a range special industry guests giving talks on different aspects of filmmaking; from funding, to production, post 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.

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 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), 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 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 2019.

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
  • Adnan Raja

    Exit 6 Film Festival is on FilmFreeway's Top 100 list for good reason! Their team is friendly and filmmaker focused. Festival director Mark Brennan is a filmmaker himself which gives him extra empathy and insight into how to make other filmmakers festival experience a great one. Our film played at their first online edition due to the pandemic, and few festivals we've attended have transitioned online more successfully. Their website where the festival was hosted was easy to navigate, they included interviews with all of the filmmakers who wished to participate, and I like how they left all of their Official Selections online for the duration of the festival vs assigning a specific times like you would if you were in a theatre. Our team has also attended their networking events pre-pandemic and those were great, with a high caliber of creatives to network with in a meaningful way. They've even helped support our film after the festival was over by sharing our Omeleto release on their socials. I'm really looking forward to submitting again, and hoping to attend in person next time covid-willing.

    March 2021
  • Fohnjang Ghebdinga

    What a great first festival experience! Covid may have brought the 2020 festivities online, but the exemplary Exit 6 team were still able to show the filmmakers so much virtual love and a great time. A larger audience was also able to view our films and complementary Q&As, and, if you were up for a bit of cyber schmoozing, you still got to meet a few cool people too. Highly recommended.

    February 2021

    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