Nightpiece Film Festival 2023 will be the 10th consecutive season since the event's Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut in 2014. We've now screened over 300+ multi-genre short films by filmmakers from over 70 countries across the World. We're a simple event focused on platforming films held in one of EdFringe's most comfortable Fringe spaces; the 152 capacity theSpace @ Symposium Hall (v43) on Hill Square off Nicolson Street.

We're looking for quality short films from across the globe and being an established event within the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the World's Largest Arts Festival - Nightpiece is a great focal point to launch your film and get networking.

Organised and hosted by filmmaker Al Carretta (who now has 21 indie features behind him since 2010) we are particularly interested in filmmakers who achieve exceptional output on limited resources.

This year's dateline is anticipated to be Week 3 (Mon 21- Sat 26 August 2023). This will be fully confirmed in April.

Nightpiece Film Festival History

Since 2014 we've now showcased over 300+ films. Trailers and previous programmes can be found on Vimeo and Issuu. A quick google search will also reveal previous year's media content going all the way back to 2014. The @nightpiece Film Festival page on Twitter or the @alcarretta filmmaker page are always the most up to date social media source.

These are the most recent media links:

2022 Main Selections Trailer

2022 Main Selections Programme



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 15m00s 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 2023. (These dates subject to change year on year as per Festival requirements)

8. The early selection is usually announced early June to coincide with EdFringe Programme launch day, however additional selections are made beyond this point up until the latest deadline advertised. (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 'late' 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. In previous years we endeavoured to provide 1 complimentary filmmaker ticket for each selected entry, however, in the hands of EdFringe, box office ticketing is often beyond our control so this is not guaranteed. Full details will be announced closer to the event in 2023.

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 2022 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 and the 2021 event so our efforts will always be on focused on presenting a live event. As per our experiences of recent years, we will inform filmmakers of difficulties as we face them.


1.The 2023 datelines indicated are subject to change or revision.

NIghtpiece Film Festival (Revised October 2022)
Festival Director, Al Carretta

Overall Rating
  • Jay Sullivan

    I appreciated being selected for the festival. I was not able to attend, but all the communication and requests were very clear and timely.

    October 2022
  • Rob Tode

    So happy we were selected to screen our 2 films, Funny You Should Say That (2022) & The Glass (2022), at your festival this year!

    September 2022
  • Jonathan Hughes

    Great festival. Great communication throughout. Thanks for including us!

    September 2021
  • Matthew Thomson

    This is a great festival, wonderfully executed and led by a talented and engaging filmmaker! Communication was superb and the event was enjoyable. Proud to have had two of my short films screen here! Highly recommend.

    September 2021
  • Was very happy to be included and especially appreciated Al's great communication and his enthusiastic support for passionate filmmaking with limited resources. Would gladly submit again.

    September 2021