"The festival was a revelation. The scope and quality of films, workshops and networking opportunities were truly splendid. It's busy, it's exciting, it's thrilling. Organised to a fine detail, the SEIFF is a filmmaker's dream. One of the best in the UK."
Dave Gilbank, Polterheist

Now in its fifth season, the SATISFIED EYE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is a truly global event and the pre-eminent international film festival in Surrey, UK - just a stone’s throw from the country’s film capital in London - and marks itself as a true celebration of independent film, bringing together filmmakers, film shakers and the movie-going public in a warm, convivial and rewarding environment.

The festival, which ranked in the top 100 festivals globally after only its first season, has screened hundreds of films from over 90 countries, world, European and UK premieres, Oscar nominees and winners and welcomes filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, production crew and other industry creatives from around the world.

The festival takes place within the plush surroundings of the Picturehouse Cinema on the dedicated festival floor and is presented in association with the Epsom & Ewell Times who provide press coverage throughout.

FILMMAKERS SHOULD ONLY ENTER A SINGLE CATEGORY DURING SUBMISSION. See Frequently Asked Question below for full information.


With a focus on increasing opportunity for independent filmmakers, SEIFF looks to promote and exhibit exceptional work by creatives from around the globe and help them make valuable connections - while increasing the audience for their work. 

SEIFF presents a diverse programme of high quality independent feature films, animation, documentaries and short films from all around the world. 

SEIFF looks to make important discoveries of upcoming directors, actors, writers and all those involved in the filmmaking process, ensuring it’s a renowned and valued platform for both undiscovered talent and respected industry peers alike.

With a large number of exceptional films being made that struggle to gain attention but deserve to be seen by critics, agents, peers and film lovers, SEIFF aims to bring to the festival the best and most creative films.

The festival includes networking, Q&As, screenings, social events and special guests. 

Our closing annual red carpet awards ceremony, gives recognition to the best talent in front of and behind the camera with a gala ceremony open to filmmakers and the public.


SEIFF is particularly keen to promote the work of women filmmakers and includes a special award for women directors (the Emily Davison Award) which commemorates the historical impact of local female heroes. Women directors in all film categories are eligible.


Q. My film fits more than one submission category. Should I enter it in both?
A. FILMMAKERS SHOULD ONLY ENTER A SINGLE CATEGORY DURING SUBMISSION. If a film is eligible for more than one category (eg an animated short with LGBTQ+ themes) it should be entered into the category which the filmmaker feels best reflects the film. The film will still be considered in all other categories for which it is eligible. SEIFF wants YOU to succeed so for films that fit into more than one category, SEIFF will place films into those categories it feels most benefit the filmmaker in terms of programming and awards.

Q. Does the category I submit my film into impact my chance of winning awards?
A. Submission categories have no bearing on awards and every film is considered on individual merit. A film submitted by a student into the ‘Documentary Short’ category can still win the award for Best Director and Best Student Film as well as Best Documentary Short. Films are eligible for any qualifying awards, regardless of which category they are placed in.

Q. Do you provide feedback?
A. Due to the number of submissions received we are unable to provide individual feedback. Official selections and award winners at the festival do receive selected feedback and as an IMDB listed festival award-winners are reviewed on IMDB by our team.

Q. How long does my film have to be to qualify as a short?
A. SEIFF uses the same guidelines as given by the Academy Awards, consequently shorts are considered 40 minutes and under, and features anything 41 minutes or longer.


The annual red carpet awards event rewards excellence in the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Narrative Short (UK)
Best Narrative Short (International)
Best documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Animation Short
Best Student Short (UK)
Best Student Short (International)
Best Experimental Short
Best Music Video
Best Surrey Short
Best Micro Short (under 5 minutes)
Human Rights Award
LGBTQ+ Voices Award
Disability Voices Award
Environment Impact Award
Best Director
Emily Davison Award (Best Female Director)
Best acting performance in a leading role 

Best acting performance in a supporting role 

Best Cinematography 

Best Screenplay 

Best Comedy Short
Best Feature Screenplay (unproduced)
Best Short Screenplay (unproduced)


All films and screenplays officially selected will receive the festival's Official Selection laurels to display on any artwork.

Award winners will receive awards laurels and a coveted SEIFF trophy.

All official selections will receive free festival passes giving access to all screenings, Q&As, awards ceremony, workshops and networking events throughout the festival.

Trophies will be presented at the closing awards ceremony. Trophies will be sent (at the festival's expense) to any winners not able to attend.

Only films completed after 1 January 2022 are eligible for submission.

SEIFF has no premiere or exclusivity rule and films that have screened at other festivals or are available online ARE eligible for inclusion.

Satisfied Eye International Film Festival (SEIFF) accepts:

Feature films, short films, animated films, documentaries, experimental films, music videos and foreign language films.

To qualify as a feature length project (this includes narrative films and documentaries) a project should be 41 minutes or more in length (including titles).

To qualify as a short (this includes narrative films, documentaries and animation) a project should be 40 minutes or less in length (including titles).

Films in a language other than English MUST include subtitles in English, embedded. Separate subtitle files such as .srt are not eligible.



- A 

submission fee via FilmFreeway. All submissions are final and there are no refunds.

- Logline (in English)

- 4 high resolution stills from the film

- Full cast and credits list

- Online screener (with English subtitles if in another language) via FilmFreeway.


If selected, successful applicants must make a high quality screening version available to the festival. This must be a downloadable link or online file (via Vimeo, WeTransfer or Dropbox etc). Preferred formats are Pro Res or High Res MOV or AVI encoded MPEG-4 video or H.264/H.265. The festival does not take Blu-ray or DCP.

All screening and supporting material must be available for download within 14 days of the official selection announcements. SEIFF reserves the right to withdraw any film from its programme that does not provide the necessary material within this time.


By submitting to the Satisfied Eye International Film Festival applicants are deemed to have read and are bound to abide by the rules and regulations of SEIFF and that they have pre-cleared all materials that comprise the film, as an authorised holder of the intellectual property of the work.

Applicants agree that the organisers of the festival are granted the right to utilize any excerpt from any film submitted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes and to use any stills in promotional material including posters and programmes.

On submitting to the Satisfied Eye International Film Festival, applicants agree that:

- They have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility and submission requirements.

- All the statements and documents provided are authentic and accurate to the best of their knowledge.

- In consideration for the selection opportunity into the SEIFF, they release and discharge the SEIFF from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission hereunder.

- They agree to indemnify and hold harmless the SEIFF from any claims that arise as a result of their film submission or screening of their film (upon selection) or their screenplay as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted documents or materials en route to the festival.

- They have all rights necessary and are duly authorized to submit their film and/or screenplay to the SEIFF.

- They understand that the SEIFF may disqualify and reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with the mentioned Terms.

- They understand that SEIFF reserves the right, in the exceptional circumstances that the judging panel considers no film to have met the required standard in any awards category, not to present an award.

- They understand that the SEIFF does not issue any form of refund to any selected screenplay and film regardless of circumstances. 

- They understand that the programmers and judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into with them about their decision making.

Filmmakers with any questions should feel free to email the Artistic Director at hello@satisfiedeye.com

Overall Rating
  • Babak Mostafavi Director

    SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival have an amazing team running a top notch festival. Thank you for screening our film '' The Pylon'' in your line-up and also thanks jury how chosen my film as ''Best Director'' and '' Best Sound''. Look forward to attending again

    August 2023
  • Peyman Shahmohamadi Movie Distribution

    A good emerging festival for growing independent filmmakers around the world. I am happy that we were officially present at this festival in 2023!!!!

    July 2023
  • Damiana Acuña

    Thank you SEIFF for hosting our film Lux Noctis and surprising us not only with the Rising Star award. This particular festival went above and beyond by granting me an article/interview in the festival’s program and by sharing with me actual, written feedback taken from the audience attending the screenings (a first for me). I didn’t get a chance to attend the festival in person but the team was incredibly supportive and communicative and I really look forward to attending a future edition.
    Really recommend it to anyone looking for a festival with a caring, passionate team behind it.

    July 2023
  • Very welcoming festival and it's wonderful how involving they are. They collect and share audience feedback with the filmmakers, which we really appreciated!

    June 2023
  • Alireza Kazemipour

    If you have made a movie, SEIFF is the best destination to screen it as a world premiere. I am humbled to be part of it with my short film "The Blue Bed". They are truly amazing and are incredibly responsive and hands on.
    Chris is one of the best festival managers that I have ever known. I am sure this festival will grow up very fast and receive the BAFTA or Oscar-qualifying very soon. Actually, they deserved it.

    December 2020