The Ironstar summer shorts competition was founded by local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to have those artistic voices heard. Understanding the difficulty in today’s film environment in showcasing independent cinema, their goal is to establish a presence and awareness of cinematic creativity throughout the local area and beyond.

We are very happy to be partnering with Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) on this endeavour. DCA prides itself on its varied programme, created with its audiences in mind.

Like ourselves DCA want to find films that they believe their audiences will love. The final selection of films will be presented in the high quality and comfortable surroundings: one of DCA’s stunning cinema screens.

We hope this event will provide the local community not only with an opportunity to see what independent short film has to offer but also give both national and international filmmakers a platform to showcase their work how it should be shown. ON THE BIG SCREEN!

created by filmmakers, we are doing everything to make sure that Independent Short format Filmmakers get what they deserve out of our programme. Our mission is to expand audience reach and bring awareness to films that might otherwise never have the opportunity to be showcased.

Ironstar Summer shorts accepts short films up to 15 minutes in length across many genres, so we encourage filmmakers from around the globe to submit their work for a chance to have it shown on the big screen.

Filmmakers can rest assured that all submitted films are watched in their entirety by the Ironstar programmers whose task is to, independently of our partners choose the final selection. We know getting you film watched is a major concern when it comes to choosing which festival to submit to. The Ironstar team will be hard at work promoting every film that gets accepted, to ensure that audiences attend the screening.

All selected films will be provided with a Summer shorts "finalist" laurel.
Category winning films will be provided with a "Winners" laurel and will be shown on the
Night of the event.
The Audience Award Winner will receive a prize of £500 ( up from last years £250)

We hope to release further prize information as we get nearer to the closing date.
The more films we receive the bigger the prizes will be for the winning films. Our aim is to provide filmmakers with prizes that will help them in the future.

The 3rd annual Ironstar Summer Shorts screening ( formerly Ironstar international short film festival) Will take place at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) on Sunday August 11th 2019 ( Actual date TBC)

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from Sept 12th 2018.
The early deadline is Monday Nov 30th 2018, the regular deadline is Monday 28th feb 2019, the late deadline is Monday 30th April 2019. Notification date is 31st of May 2019.. Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener through the Filmfreeway platform. A Download may be requested for films which are to be screened at the event.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016

4. Premiere Status
- There is no Premiere policy for short films, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during Ironstar Summer Shorts receive a blank 15 recommended certificate from DCA.This means we cannot accept anyone under this age during the screening of the Festival. Please take this into account when submitting to Ironstar Summer shorts 2019

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Ironstar International Short Film Festival are to be paid by credit card or Paypal.The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
- Entertainment value

8. Notification
Ironstar endeavours to complete all selection procedures by Wednesday 18th June 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST be submitted in MP4 format in order to be screened at the Ironstar International Short Film Festival.

Our partner cinema uses pin sharp Digital Cinema projection, making DCP screenings look incredible. Ironstar aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Ironstar films and DCA . Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Ironstar reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Ironstar will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

12. Festival Awards.
Best Short (Audience vote) Best Horror short,Best Sci-Fi short, Best Action/Thriller Short,Best Comedy Short, Best Animation Short, Best Scottish Short

Ironstar reserve the right to adapt, change or remove the above awards dependent on submissions for each category.

Overall Rating
  • It was fantastic to be a part of the festival this year, the quality of the films shown at the screenings at the DCA were very good!

    They have a brilliant variety of categories to submit to which made for very interesting and concise viewing at the screenings. I would highly recommend submitting to Ironstar Summer Shorts!

    August 2018
  • Liam O'Hara

    An absolute pleasure to be part of this festival. We got some great feedback from the team and were thrilled to be awarded a 'Highly Commended' laurel too.

    August 2018
  • This was a great festival, accommodating and worth entering. Well done to the Ironstar team

    August 2018
  • Fiona McAndrew

    Great promising new film festival!

    August 2017
  • Geraint Reynolds

    Thank you for showing 'Helfa'r Heli' at Ironstar. We were thrilled to win Best Drama. Communication has been excellent throughout. We'll be back with the next film.

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to show Helfa'r Heli and our audience loved it!
    We look forward to seeing what you do next! Thank you!