Now all confirmed for August 2021 EdFringe! Checkout the listing here:

The Summer will be our 8th consecutive season. We've always been a LIVE event and are looking forward to the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August. As ever, we are part of theSpace UK's Festival programme and back in our regular venue Symposium Hall - one of Edinburgh's most comfortable auditoriums during Fringetime - at 8.35pm, Monday 23rd - Friday 27th August.

Beyond the Fringe we will also be hosting additional screenings at our regular production base, The Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne, Kent, England on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October 2021. We presented the Covid rescheduled 2020 event here and delivering the programme at both ends of the UK broadens the options for UK filmmaker attendance.

Entries open in March and as ever we are looking for quality short films. We are particularly interested in filmmakers who achieve exceptional output on limited resources.

Please note the @nightpiece Film Festival page on Twitter or the @alcarretta filmmaker page are always the most up to date social media source.

2020 Event

The 2020 Nightpiece Film Festival ran over two days on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October at The Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne, Kent, UK. This was our Covid enforced rescheduling from the cancelled 2020 EdFringe but we made it happen. Despite all the chaos we were live!

'Covid Friendly Film Festival'

2020 Main Selections Trailer is here:

2020 Full Programme is here:

Nightpiece Film Festival History

Since 2014 we have premiered films that have gone on to many other festivals across the world. Recent examples that began their festival runs at Nightpiece include Kit Loyd's 'The Audition' (2019), Charlotte Bydwell's 'The Nude Model' (2018) and Keith Farrell's 'Rabbit Punch' (2017).

Previous Seasons

Since 2014 we've now showcased over 250+ films. The 2019 Nightpiece Film Festival (the last one that ran normally pre-Covid) ran from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August and presented 28 films across 5 thematically curated programmes presented at Symposium Hall (v43), Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The 2019 Main selections trailer can be viewed here:

The 2019 Programme is available here:

(Vimeo and Issuu searches will also reveal previous year's media content.)



Please read carefully.

Entry to the Nightpiece Film Festival is considered as follows.

Section A.1

All Entry Categories

1. From 2021 your short film can be submitted with no restriction on screening status;
simply enter the right category UK or Europe/Rest of World to help us with programming.

2. Short Films must be between 1m00s and less than 20m00s in length.

3. Your film or production company is expected to run it's own respective Social Media campaign for the film. Acknowledgement of your film's inclusion in the programme is an essential process of our marketing campaign and should be a priority for your film too. We reserve the right to de-select your film if you do not make basic efforts to promote your work.

4. For general guidance, films should align with the following statements:

- Be of a rating that roughly aligns with ‘BBFC’ Classifications e.g. PG / 12A / 15 / 18
- Be of clear narrative construction.
- Be of a technically screenable quality.
- Be made after Summer 2019.

5. We reserve the right to de-select your film if it falls a basic Quality Control (QC) review. Poor quality audio - where dialogue is unintelligible or overly processed with noise-reduction - is usually the biggest reason for a rejection on this basis.

6. Our preferred specs for the screener are as follows:

Resolution: 1920x1080 16:9, HD (2k)
3840x2160 16:9, UHD (4k)
Audio: Stereo
Format: Quicktime ProRes 422 (HQ)
Frame rate: 23.98fps

Try not to submit odd aspect ratios (e.g.1920x806). If the ratio is odd put your finished film in a 1920x1080 HD or 3840x2160 container.

If selected, please supply films as soon as possible or set 'downloads enabled' on a private Vimeo link.

7. If picked as an early selection, we need an excerpt of your finished film for the trailer before 1st June 2021. (These dates subject to change year on year as per Festival requirements)

8. The early selection is announced early June 2021 to coincide with EdFringe Programme launch day, however additional selections are made beyond this point up until the Last Chance deadline. (These dates subject to change year on year as per Festival requirements)

9. We expect to see a direct acknowledgement of your acceptance of the film into the programme no more than 14 days after the selection notification from FilmFreeway. In the case of 'Last Chance' selections we need confirmation within 48hrs. If you do not acknowledge your film's inclusion it is unlikely we will screen your film.

10. Please include a LOGLINE and or SYNOPSIS in your FilmFreeway application.

11. We reserve the right to reject short films that do not meet the key criteria as detailed above.

Section B

By submitting to the festival the contributor declares that he/she has obtained all necessary rights and permissions to present the film at Nightpiece Film Festival.
The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. Nightpiece Film Festival accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, in regards to clearing copyrighted material.

By submitting a film for consideration to Nightpiece Film Festival the filmmaker/production company grant NFF the right to screen the film throughout the duration of the festival in any capacity and to use the material submitted for promotional purposes prior to the festival.

Section C

1.Covid-19 has changed the World. We now simply assume Filmmaker attendance is impractical for most, however, guest list complimentary tickets for selected entries will be organised by arrangement closer to the event in 2021.

Section D

1.Unless specifically announced, no travel or accommodation expenses, incentives
or prizes of any form are offered to Filmmakers participating in the Nightpiece
Film Festival.

Section E

1.We expect the Covid-19 Pandemic to influence our daily lives for the forseeable future.
Should the 2021 Edinburgh Festival Fringe be cancelled contingencies/change of venues etc. will be announced as the situation unfolds, however, we still managed to run the 2020 event so our efforts will always be on focused on presenting a live event. As per our experiences of 2020, we will inform filmmakers of difficulties as we face them.


1.The 2021 datelines indicated are subject to change or revision.

NIghtpiece Film Festival (Revised October 2020)
Festival Director, Al Carretta

Overall Rating
  • This was a great festival to enter into. My film Fujiyama was selected as a semi-finalist for best cinematography which was a nice treat. Thank you for the excellent communications. I hope to submit again in the future.

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Brandy, Thankyou for your positive response, however,you might have mixed us up with another festival that selected you as a semi-finalist for best cinematography as we've never done awards! Thankyou again for submitting.

  • The Keeper was honored make it's UK premiere and to be part of the 2020 festival. The communication was stellar. Great lineup of films. Al Carretta and his team did an amazing job in pivoting during these challenging times. Great work in keeping the arts alive during the time of covid! Our only disappointment, not being able to attend to thank you all in person.

    October 2020
  • Dean Sills

    An outstanding film festival. We were honoured to have our film 'Me&My Shadow have its premiere there. Thank you.

    October 2020
  • Shihyun Wang

    My short film. Cowboys lost in city. was selected. We are thrilled not only because we are selected But also for seeing people with passion moving through all these obstacles to make festival happen during this time. Thank you doing what you have been doing all these years. Thank you for selecting the film.

    October 2020
  • Julian Bivol

    Thanks Al for selecting Scotland Therapy! Unfortunately we couldn't attend but excited that our film had it's first selection!

    September 2019