We are now accepting submissions for MicroActs 18 - an evening of artist short film!

We celebrate artist filmmakers from around the globe & across genres, and aim to create an international spirit and champion empathetic creativity. We will showcase a selection of exciting & inspiring Artist Film from all over the world at a screening in late May in London*!

...short stories...small rebellions...mini manifestos...personal fables...snippets of memory...

MicroActs is a program of short films, 6 minutes or less, exploring concentrated storytelling through moving image. From bold political expression to delicate personal memories to abstract experimental collages; MicroActs aims to create a thought-provoking, informative and diverse evening of film. Works can be narrative or non-linear, experimental or scripted, abstract emotions, comedy sketches, music videos, and more, MicroActs is looking for works that share politics, intersectional experiences and tell stories.

The aim of these events is to champion subjective & personal political moving image works, promote artist film in London, and create a community of artists & filmmakers sharing their works and supporting each other.

All filmmakers who show with us are featured in the MicroActs' Filmmaker Archive on our website, an online showcase with direct links to each artist's website/digital presence, this resource allows exposure to a whole new audience & celebrates the range of works we've screened over the years. With over 325 artists/filmmakers from 49 countries, we can't wait to keep growing the international MicroActs community!

*Venue TBC

• Films must be approx 6mins or less, our focus is on "micro" short films.

• We accept films from all over the world, however, films not made in English need to be provided with subtitles in English.

• We champion LGBTQ+ voices, and do not accept films that promote hate [eg. racist, homophobic, transphobic, body shaming etc.], however films discussing these issues/experiences of marginalisation are, of course, welcome & considered.

• By submitting, you agree to show your film with us, and be featured in our newsletter & on our website as part of the MicroActs' Filmmaker Archive. We endeavour to showcase filmmakers who screen with us as best we can, including promotion of the evening via our Substack and our Instagram accounts. In order to do this successfully, we need to use film stills & mini preview clips of the films we show. By submitting your work, you agree to the terms of allowing the MicroActs team permission to use stills and very short clips (under 10secs) of your films for promotion of the event. All copyright, of course, still belongs entirely to you, the filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • Ingrid Gans

    I was very pleased to be selected for the microacts 17 program.
    Thank you very much and all the best.

    February 2024
  • Honored to have had my work screened at MicroActs! There was great communication from the organizers, and thoughtful promotion of the event featuring each of the contributing artists

    February 2024
  • My film Poem of Mum was selected for MicroActs 16. Sadly I felt a lack of respect for the works in the presentation- films were projected onto a brick wall and the projector was not straight, greatly affecting consumption of the works. There was no communication or apology around this obvious problem, which felt like a further lack of respect to both filmmakers and audience. I understand this hasn't been the case in previous years and hope the festival has a promising future as the curation and and intimate feeling of the festival were lovely.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback and for your comments. I'm sorry the screening didn't turn out the way that we hoped it would with regards to the projection, it belongs to the venue and we screened it as optimally as we could given our circumstances and availability of equipment. As you know, MicroActs is a free screening and we have no funding at the moment, we have to source our equipment where we can. In our last screening at this venue (MicroActs 15), they had a screen for the projector, and for this screening it was not there, we weren't aware of this change prior to the screening and it was a surprise for us as well. I'm sorry we didn't get to explain this and apologize in person to everyone, we might have overlooked that this was obvious given the intimate nature and our transparency around these events. We didn't mean to disrespect our audience or the filmmakers, just doing what we could in that situation, and we thank you for enduring it. We hope to have your continued support as we aim for bigger and better screenings in the future.

  • Thank you for screening my work! I wish I could have made it to the screening, but it was very heartening to receive a link to photos from the event.

    October 2023
  • Great communication, very friendly and intimate setting

    August 2023