Hidden Door is an independent multi-arts festival based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2018 the festival will run for 10 days, from 25th May - 3rd June. The event takes place in different abandoned or disused spaces each year and has grown in size and reputation since it launched as an annual festival in 2014. Past venues include a set of abandoned vaults behind Waverley train station, a derelict street-lighting depot in Kings Stables Road and in 2017, the old Leith Theatre which had lain empty and forgotten for nearly 30 years which was transformed by Hidden Door with great critical acclaim into “Scotland’s best new live music venue”.

The venue for Hidden door 2018 is still to be confirmed with the organisers considering several exciting options in Edinburgh. Whichever building is chosen, spaces will be transformed and set up with high production standards to support the different programmes Hidden Door will offer, including live music, visual art exhibition spaces, dance, theatre and of course film.

Hidden Door is a volunteer-run initiative, and operates as a community interest company, which is a registered non-profit organisation. It’s vision is to open up spaces and create exciting opportunities for artists and creative practitioners to develop new projects, create new work and innovate their practise. Hidden Door is based in Scotland and aims to create opportunities for those living and working in Scotland, but it also is open to those based further afield. Hidden Door is also committed to creating dynamic audience experiences for the arts and increasing audience engagement with the arts.

See www.hiddendoorblog.org for more details.

Hidden Door Film Innovation Award

For the first time at Hidden Door, we are introducing the Hidden Door Film Innovation Award, for innovative new film work. This is a cash prize of £500, awarded by jury for an outstanding piece of film work from the Selected Film Programme.

Deadline 5th January 2018

Hidden Door is looking for film and moving image work to form the Selected Film Programme at Hidden Door Festival 2018. Selected works will be curated alongside a programme of invited works from a range of filmmakers, old and new. The deadline is 11:59pm on January 5th 2018.

For the first time at Hidden Door, we are introducing the Hidden Door Film Innovation Award, for innovative new film work. This is a cash prize of £500, awarded by jury for an outstanding piece of film work from the Selected Film Programme.


Open to filmmakers at any stage of their career working with any film form, included but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, experimental, animation, and short and feature length film.
Open to filmmakers of any nationality. (Please note however that if your film is selected and you live outside the UK, we will be unable to fund any travel expenses to Hidden Door 2018.)


There is a small submission fee for submitting your film to Hidden Door 2018. We regard a short film as 30 minutes or under, and a feature film as over 30 minutes.
If you are unable to afford the submission fee, we may be able to offer you a fee waiver. Please contact us at hiddendoorfilm@gmail.com with an explanation of your circumstances and we will assist you from there.
For the film viewing and selection process, a selection of viewers comprising of members of the Hidden Door Team alongside external invited selectors will conduct the viewing and selection.


- For your film to be considered for Hidden Door 2018, you must include the following information:
- A brief synopsis of the film, including film duration and genre.
- A statement on why you believe your film will contribute to the Hidden Door Film Programme for 2018.
- A comment on your filmmaking practice, and whether you have screened at festivals similar to Hidden Door in the past.

The screening history of the submitted film. Films that are currently available to purchased will not be eligible for the Hidden Door Film Innovation Award.

If your film is not yet finished, we will consider rough cuts and judge the film accordingly.
No film will be rejected on the basis of being incomplete, but it will need to be complete by March 1st 2018. When submitting a rough cut, please provide details of the elements of your film still to be completed.

If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include English subtitles.
Please note that Hidden Door does not pay screening fees.


Submission certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained, in accordance with UK copyright laws.

By submitting, you agree to not withdraw your film from Hidden Door after it has been accepted by the selection board.

Filmmakers that have been selected will be notified by mid-February 2017.


As part of the Hidden Door programme, participating filmmakers will be invited to Hidden Door 2018, and may be asked to be available for Q&A sessions. Filmmakers will also be featured on the Hidden Door website, print publications, and Hidden Door social media. Filmmakers will be invited to participate in and help with Hidden Door promotion campaigns, sharing social media content, and helping with general publicity where they can.
Participating artists will receive a full access pass to the entire festival as well as guest list passes and discount codes that will be confirmed closer to the festival.
See FAQ section the Hidden Door website for more answers to questions you may have.