Submissions for 2018 are now open - 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 and The Anvil.

Check out our 2017 trailer video at

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!


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 our guest judges.

There will also be an Audience Choice award for which all of the films in the festival programme can be voted for by ballot on the day.

The winner of the Best Film award will be announced at the Judges 6 screening whilst the Audience Choice Award will be 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 relocate from our screening venue to the Aftershow Party to celebrate a fantastic day with friends old and new.

Best Film
Audience Choice

2017 Best Film winner Liam Harris on Exit 6:

"Exit 6 was a really wonderful day for us. We played alongside some incredibly strong short films from all genres and backgrounds in some lovely venues around our local town. There was a great vibe about the festival coming from both the Exit 6 team and also the attendees, everyone was excited about the talent that was on show and it was a real privilege to be a part of it. 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!

Exit 6 gave us the platform to communicate with local filmmakers and producers with whom we hope to collaborate with on future projects. It's a festival not to be missed!"

Completion Date
* Each Film must have been completed on or after 1st October 2016.

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 two 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 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
  • Stevie Jackson

    We were so pleased that our short film "Honestly Charlotte" was included in the Exit 6 Film Festival. Thanks so much!

    May 2018
  • Ibad Shaikh

    great people! Even though it's a small town, the love for your film is immense and the QnA provides great feedback! The networking opportunities are amazing and the organisation is brilliant. Although some films are shown on a small screen and some are screened at a vue cinema, which is a big difference but still the films have no lesser of an effect.

    November 2017
  • James Heath

    Without doubt one of my favourite festivals on the circuit! They have only been going for two years and you wouldn’t have thought it. Better organised than most festivals that have been going for years. Plus the festival knows how to have fun!

    October 2017
  • Banshee Studios

    Only on its second year and feels like they have been going on for years.
    Great for networking and a great selection of high quality films. Highly recommend every filmmaker to enter.

    October 2017
  • Liam Harris

    An extremely well run festival, led by passionate film buffs and those looking to bring top talent from all around the wold to Basingstoke. It's great to see a festival team who are super enthusiastic and will go the extra mile to make it the best day for all those in attendance. Can't recommend enough. It will go on to be one of the biggest in the country and I can't wait to bring future films back to show. Keep it up!

    October 2017