The Reading Fringe Film Festival is dedicated to supporting new and upcoming filmmakers. The festival aims to provide a productive platform for short films and encourage creativity.

This is Reading Fringe’s 5th year hosting a film festival which includes not only a 48 Hour Challenge (linked directly to the festival) but a variety of selected films ranging from 10 seconds to 10 minutes.

The Festival is hosted by Workbench Productions -

First Judge Announcement 2017:
The wonderfully talented, Professor Elemental will be judging this year, we are honoured to have him as part of the panel.

Judges Announcement:
We are thrilled to have Marcelo Busse and Jan Wagner joining our judging panel from Dusseldorf to help celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the twinning of Reading and Dusseldorf.

Final Judge Announcement:
The wonderful and talented Baroness Maria von Hackemann - Vintage musical comedy entertainer, Comedic chanteuse and Reading's very own Germanic diva 'Baroness Maria von Hackemann' brings new life and humour to traditional European cabaret chanson.

Awards & Prizes

10 short films will be selected to be screened at the festival.

All selected films will be eligible for the following awards:
Best Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Short Film (Director & Crew Under 18)

There will be an event to announce the winners on July 19th 2017 (Venue to be confirmed)

Rules & Terms

Genre: All genres are welcome to be submitted.

Time: We screen films from 10 seconds to up to 10 minutes (including all credits)

Completion Date: Films must have been completed after January 1, 2016

Language: All non-English language films must have English subtitles

Deadline: 3rd July, 2017

Online Screener: We accept only online submissions.
Please provide a password if the film is password protected.

For official selections we will kindly request a digital copy which can be shared via email, dropbox, Google Drive or other formats (DVD is not needed or required)

All selected films (short and 48 hour) directors may be invited to a skype interview which will be recorded, this is to help us celebrate film making and to be used at the event for the winning entries.

There are no submission fee refunds.

Trailers are not eligible for selection purposes.


Applicants will be notified by July 7, 2017 of their final entry status via email to the submission contact.

Due to time constraints the Selection Committee will not be able to respond individually to filmmakers if your film is not accepted.

Decisions made by the Reading Fringe Film Festival Team are final.

Entries must have the copyright to sound recordings or written permission to use within the short. Entrants will be asked to re-submit a version that can be publicly distributed.

The Reading Fringe Film Festival Team accepts no responsibility for undelivered / unreadable entries.

It is a condition of entry that the winner agrees to their name and biography being made publicly available if they win.

Entries previously submitted for competition at past Reading Fringe Film Competitions will not be accepted

Entrants retain ownership of their Entries submitted into the Competition (subject always to third party rights in the Entry).

By submitting an Entry, entrants grant the Reading Fringe Film Festival non-exclusive license for the duration of copyright protection to reproduce or distribute a reproduction of their Entry in all media in order to promote, or act as a historical record of, the Competition; for commercial and/or promotional purposes relating to The Reading Fringe Film Festival (or a future The Reading Fringe Film Festival event) ; and/or for future film festival events or future general promotional purposes.

2 Reviews

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    James Hughes

    The Reading Fringe Film Festival is a great festival for filmmakers. The guys that run the festival love short films and work hard to put on a great night for those fortunate to be a finalist.

    Communication was excellent throughout and it is a festival I will always enter.

    July 2017
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    Alastair Cummings

    Although I could not attend the festival, the staff were very communicative before and after the event.

    My film won an award which I promptly received in the post and I also got feedback on my screening as well which was really nice.

    All in all it seems like a very genuine festival and I would love to attend in the future.

    September 2016
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alastair, that is very kind of you :) we will be launching next years festival soon and hopefully you can enter again! Aidan