The Fling! Film festival is an event that showcases the work of young film makers from across the world and the best in cinema. The festival is held in the idyllic scenery of Tain in the Scottish Highlands. Hundreds of people participated in the workshops and came to watch the shorts and feature films. We considered 2020 a resounding success but due to organisational issues and much needed change to the calendar we made an indefinte pause on the festival. We are now fully back for our 6th edition in 2025.

Fling! celebrates the best in youth film whether fiction, documentary, experimental or adventure. In 2025 we are keen to highlight films that express unique visions and the experiences of young people in the modern world. If you make films, want to make films then please submit for 2025.

For this year's edition, we will specially be launching our new category for short pictures made by young people under the age of 25. they will be selected as part of a competition which will see Fling’s organisers award a $2500 grant for the awardees. As part of the programme we also run film-making workshops facilitated by some of the brightest minds of cinema from the UK film industry.

The winners of the various categories will receive a trophy, filmmaking production grant and cash prizes

When submitting to the festival you are agreeing that if chosen to screen during the dates of the festival, Fling! will not pay any additional screening fees presented by the submitter. The only exception would be if it is agreed upon prior to a films submission. The submission fees vary and are non-refundable. We try to keep fees as low as possible to prevent them from being a barrier to young film-makers. We will only waive fees in exceptional circumstances, email

Fling! is partially competitive with selected films shown alongside non-competitive features and documentaries. Fling! reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. All films must be Highland Premieres. There is no limit to the number of entries.

All foreign language entries must have English subtitles. Projects must be submitted for consideration on DVD, BluRay or as an online screener. We require films to be sent in the PAL format. Screening material, press and any application materials will not be returned. Accepted formats for Fling! are DVD, BluRay or DCP for festival presentation.

All film submissions must be received no later than their respective deadlines:

Fling! Film Festival is a competitive event, all films officially selected are included and eligible for competition.

If selected, Fling! will require an electronic press kit to include production stills, bio and filmography of the director, production notes and full cast and crew credits. This is required to be sent as soon as possible as any delay may exclude your film from being included in promotional material etc.

Fling! takes every possible care with tapes and films while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Do not send original prints or tapes. Please keep Fling! notified of any address/phone number changes.

The cost of shipping all entries and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. Fling! will not pay or reimburse the cost of shipping.

By submitting to Fling! you grant the right to use your work during the festival and for promotional purposes.

Selection will occur by January 2025 and notification will occur no later than that date.

Overall Rating
  • Yaron Betan

    Great Festival, Great Films, Nice!

    April 2017