It is with heavy heart that we bring you the news that we are no longer able to run the Isle of Man Film Festival this year. There are various reasons for this, but please know that we have not made this decision lightly - and rest assured we have already started looking at next year and hope to be back with a bigger and better event!


Although we have had some emails regarding refunds, FilmFreeway actually process and handle this. FilmFreeway have pointed out to us that they will credit your FilmFreeway account and this should have already taken place. Please feel free to contact us if there are any issues.

Again, we are sad that we can't accept entries this year and we wish you the best of luck with your films on the festival circuit.

The Team

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The Short Film Competition has the following categories - all have a maximum duration of 15 minutes:

• Best Documentary
• Best Fiction
• Best Comedy
• Best Animation

• Best ‘Green’ film – can be any category

• Audience Vote Award
• Best of the Fest

Each winner of the main five categories will get a special IOMFF award. The Audience Vote Award will also win an award, and there is the overall ‘Best of the Fest’, chosen by Mark Kermode.


Films must be received by that date in order to be considered for selection.

The festival takes place at various venues on the Isle of Man from 4-8th September 2019.

Films should be submitted online, via private or password protected Vimeo or YouTube link. Please ensure password is supplied with link. If you get through the first round of judging, you will be notified by email by 2nd August 2019. *See further details under ‘Selection Process’*

If your film is successful in getting through the first round of judging, you will be asked to submit it digitally - recommended formats .mp4, .mov(Pro Res). Recommended minimum 1080p resolution. The link can be attached to the FilmFreeway submission. Please include a contact email and telephone number.

We currently accept short films only, with a maximum running time of 15 mins. This is due to limited screen time available. Please see category listings for full information.

Special awards are available for the first place winners in each of the categories, with additional awards for the 'Audience Vote', the 'Green' award and the ʻBest of the Festʼ to be chosen from the category winners.

It is the filmmaker’s responsibility to obtain rights, clearances and permissions. Isle of Man Film Festival (IOMFF) assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law. If selected, IOMFF may ask to see documentation proving clearances and/or permissions for music, artwork or any other element of a film.

The submitting filmmaker must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.

Only the submitting filmmaker will be awarded any applicable prize. It is entirely up to the submitting filmmaker how they distribute or allocate any prize or prize money within their team.

The decisions of the Directors of the Festival are final. No correspondence will be entered into with reference to this issue.

By entering into the festival, the entrant represents and warrants that no material in the film being submitted is libellous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person and the full use of rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, firm or corporation.

By submitting your entry you consent to, and have obtained all necessary consents for (and agree to provide copies of the same on request), all or any part of the production being reproduced by the Organisers and/or any other parties authorised by the Organisers and/or broadcast by a third party in any media (e.g. press, television, internet or telephone download), solely in relation to, and in support of the festival, provided that, wherever reasonably possible, the rights holder of the work is given appropriate notification and credit.

Entrants shall indemnify, defend and hold the Festival, its agents and its representatives harmless from and against any and all claims, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses which may be incurred by reason of any breach of these representations, or arising out of any matter contained in the media or otherwise by the Festival’s use of the media.

Entries will not be used in any way for commercial purposes. Isle of Man Film Festival (IOMFF) reserves the right to include portions of films accepted to the festival for promotional purposes.

Your contact details and submission information will never be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival or one of the festival’s submission partners and will never be shared with anyone else.


A film’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision and the creativity/ efficiency with which it communicates that vision. IOMFF endeavours to create a festival programme that represents the best of the above, but that also offers a varied schedule for the festival audience.

Films that are submitted on faulty links, unreadable discs or files will not be considered for selection, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order.

Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by the 1st August 2019 latest. All correspondence, including notification letters, will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that user accounts related to IOMFF, such as, are permitted to email you.

Location, date/time and number of times film screened are at the discretion of the festival.

Due to the large amounts of submissions we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.

Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.


In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films (under 1 minute) for all Isle of Man Film Festival publications, festival trailer, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview screenings to promote the event.


By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows: a. I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility requirements. b. The information provided as part of the submission and application process is correct to the best of my knowledge. c. I give IOMFF the authority to use the submitted publicity materials for the purpose of promoting the film and the Festival. d. I understand, as the authorised representative, any prizes will be awarded to the director(s) or relevant parties of the winning films where relevant. By submitting an entry to IOMFF, each entrant expressly grants
permission to use their name, likeness, home country, etc.

Overall Rating
  • Matthew Stacey

    A festival that truly cares about the films and it's filmmakers and the passion of it's organisers and volunteers is very evident.

    The program was inspiring and a fantastic mix. There were networking opportunities before screenings that all attending filmmakers are invited too with special guests.

    There were a few technical hiccups with the sound during our screening at one point but seemed quickly resolved and the image quality of the projection system is top notch.

    Overall its a fantastic and inspiring festival that I believe will grow and grow. Great hosts!

    September 2018
  • Ben Adam-Harris

    Echoing everyone else. This is a wonderful festival, a warm and friendly team that look after all and make everyone feel inclusive. We had an absolute blast! I would highly recommend this festival.

    September 2018
  • Gabriela McNicoll

    We were unable to attend the 2018 Isle of Man, but the communication and kindness of the programmers and fest organizers was superb. We are incredibly grateful to IOMFF for screening our film.

    September 2018
  • A great festival that shows a lot of love to the programme, the filmmakers, and also treats their audience. Definitely recommend, and also if you can attend too. We always love it when a client gets selected here!

    September 2018
  • Joan Burney Keatings

    The Isle of Man Film Festival is superb and we had a lovely experience working with them this year. The festival screened our film SASHA OF THE SEA and although we were unable to attend the excellent care of the festival team meant that we still felt informed and part of the festival activity. We were honored to win an award at this fantastic festival and would like to thank the wonderful team for their support!

    September 2018