To discover, promote, and exhibit exceptional work by global film-makers in a convivial environment which is more than just a film festival, but is an unforgettable experience for all involved, making SEIFF a world renowned and essential industry event.


The Satisfied Eye International Film Festival is an annual film festival which will be held in Epsom (Surrey, UK) and surrounding areas.

The inaugural festival will run for three days and nights in the autumn of 2018, looking to increase to seven days and nights from 2019.


SEIFF will present a diverse programme of only the highest quality independent feature films, animation, documentaries and short films from all around the world.

SEIFF will look 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.

SEIFF awards include prizes that will help promote the careers of your acting talent, sponsored by BACKSTAGE, the largest online casting platform in the USA and UK (see below for details).

Our key objective is for SEIFF to be seen as a mark of quality and a SEIFF award to be a stamp of recognition and true validation.

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 most superlative and creative films.

SEIFF will prioritise making the festival an attractive destination for agents, critics, investors and other career-makers turning it into one of the UK’s most influential festivals.

SEIFF will look to promote and advance the careers of independent filmmakers worldwide and will provide a printed brochure including details on screened and award-winning films to ensure maximum exposure, with complimentary copies presented to all of those involved in the festival.

A closing awards ceremony will provide a specially designed award to winners in all categories. SEIFF aims for this to be a much-sought-after trophy.

The long-term goal of SEIFF is to offer accommodation and travel to all award-winners to ensure that (regardless of location) they are able to attend and enjoy their success, making this a truly global festival.

SEIFF aims to be more than simply a forum for film, but a truly celebratory and inspiring occasion to remember for all involved. This will include networking, screenings, social events and special guests.

An annual awards ceremony will give recognition to the best talent in front of and behind the camera with a gala ceremony open to filmmakers and the public.

SEIFF will be about people watching great films in a convivial and memorable atmosphere with great food and great drink.


SEIFF is particularly keen to promote the work of women filmmakers and has included a special award for women directors. Women directors in all the film categories are eligible to be considered for this award which will be given by a separate panel of judges. When submitting any film, you will be required to tick a box letting SEIFF know if you would like a woman director to be entered for this award..


Epsom is an area steeped in history which is just a 30 minute train ride from London.

Home to Epsom Racecourse and the world’s most famous horse race, The Derby (where Emily Davison famously took a fatal stand for the suffragette movement in 1913), it is a former spa town which gives its name to Epsom Salts.

It’s also home to the world renowned Epsom College and Laine Theatre Arts.

With proximity to London a key factor (in terms of accessibility to the industry), as well as the importance of available venues, hospitality and great food, Epsom is a vital gateway.


SEIFF aims to be a truly global, world-renowned and sought after event and film festival.

Satisfied Eye is inspired by a line from a Ted Hughes poem, The Jaguar, which relates to an inherent passion which cannot be caged – a sentiment any creative within the film industry will fully understand.


The annual awards ceremony will give prizes in the following categories with all submissions judged by a panel of industry experts and alumni:

Best British short film
Best documentary
Best animated film
Best foreign film
Best first time feature
Best student film (any film category)
Best Surrey film (any film category)
Best director
Best female director
Actor in a leading role
Actress in a leading role
Actor in a supporting role
Actress in a leading role
Original score
Make up
Original Screenplay
Short screenplay
TV Pilot

Prizes will be presented at a gala, red carpet ceremony by both industry names and local business leaders, all promoted across numerous high-profile media platforms.

All films, scripts and screenplays officially selected will receive the festival's Official Selection laurels to display on any artwork together with a certificate. Award winners will receive awards laurels and certificates together with a trophy.


All award winners will receive a free ticket to their screening as well as the red carpet awards ceremony (where food will be provided), as well as an invitation to the networking party with the judging panel and other industry alumni.


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


All films officially selected will be screened at the festival and will be featured in the printed festival brochure. A complimentary copy of the festival brochure will be sent to the representative of each film, script, or screenplay featured in the brochure as officially selected.


A special panel will go through all the submissions and decide on the list for Official Selection. All films and screenplays officially selected will then be passed to the team of international judges who will decide on the awards to be made.

Among this year's judges are:

THE SHARLAND LITERARY AGENCY specialises in film, TV, stage, and radio rights throughout the world and works in conjunction with overseas agents. The agency was founded in 1988.

ADA VAUGHAN, a passionate advocate of women filmmakers, established her own company, SableFilms International, in 2007 and currently works providing Oscars and awards advisory with All Lights Film Services (a subsidiary of Aries Group Global) helping exceptional talent with high level awards PR and marketing; and this year launched SableFilms Select (SFS) offering awards advisory to outstanding indie filmmakers. Ada’s journey into filmmaking began with a BA at the University of Toronto Film Studies and Business Administration and since that time her award-winning works have been shown around the world. Ada was named as one of the Emerging20 Filmmakers at ReelWorld Film Festival and was one of the eight select director participants chosen for the Women in the Director’s Chair at Banff. Ada works as an Executive Producer on mid to high budget projects and with her company looks to produce films that utilise advanced technologies to enhance theatrical experiences, working with the likes of Keith Collea (Titanic) and Demetri Portelli (Hugo). Currently Ada is in pre-production on her own feature film Suki 3D, headed by MHI Productions, 1066 Productions, 3D Film Arts and Perfect Circle. She continues to represent, co-produce and EP quality projects, in advanced technology, with Aries Group Global of Dubai, Yellow Mountain Studio and He Shan Media of China.

JANE FISBY is a highly experienced casting director who first began in the industry in 1983, working with the likes of Liz Cassidy, Peter Crouch and Hubbard Casting. Jane set out on her own in 1986, initially working on TV commercials (her first ever casting was for Bank’s Beer directed by the late, great Mel Smith). Moving into feature films, including Hear my Song, and Shopping, Jane discovered the likes of Jude Law and has worked with names ranging from Sean Bean to Andrew Lincoln. With a particular focus on discovering new young actors, Jane regularly works with the National School of Film and Television. Her first love is the theatre and she attends two or three shows every week. Jane is hoping to unearth the next superstars at the SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival.

Dr MARTIN KISZKO BA DLitt. PGCert.Radio, Film and Television has 220 film/TV credits and has released nine albums with Europe’s best orchestras. Award winning scores include BBC’s Realms of the Russian Bear, Dreamworks commissioned by BBC and Steven Spielberg, and a BASCA Composer of the Year Award. He composed and conducted for the BAFTA-nominated movie The Killing of John Lennon and has received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Bristol. Martin was co-founder of Bristol University’s MA in the Composition of Music for Film and Television and still teaches on the course as well as at universities and events around the world. Martin is a passionate environmental campaigner and wrote and performs the one man show Green Poems for a Blue Planet with images by Aardman Animation’s Nick Park.

JAY SYED is a hugely experienced Oscar winning visual effects director and supervisor, as well as being a multi-award winning director. His credits include such blockbusters as Interstellar, Thor: The Dark World, Dredd, Jupiter Ascending, Total Recall and Clash of the Titans.


Satisfied Eye International Film Festival (SEIFF) accepts:

Feature films, short films, animated films (feature and short), documentaries, foreign language films, screenplays (feature, short, and TV pilot).

To be considered a feature, a live action fiction film must be at least 70 minutes and an animated feature at least 40 minutes - including titles.

To be considered a short, a live action or animated fiction film must be no longer than 20 minutes - including titles.

To be considered for the documentary awards, the completed feature-length documentary must be at least 45 minutes long and a short no longer than 44 minutes.

Only films completed after 1 January 2016 will be considered for competitive sections.

Films which have screened at other festivals ARE eligible for consideration.

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


Earlybird Deadline: 31 December 2017
Regular Deadline: 30 June 2018
Late Deadline: 31 July 2018
Extended Deadline: 15 August 2018
Notification Date: 1 September 2018


26 - 28 October
Epsom Playhouse
United Kingdom


Submissions must include:

Submission fees paid through FilmFreeway

All required fields on online platform plus the following documents submitted via FilmFreeway:

Synopsis (in English)

4 high resolution stills from the film

Full cast and credits list

Official film poster

Online screener (with English subtitles if in another language)


SEIFF only accepts online screeners via FilmFreeway for the selection panel to view.


If selected, successul applicants must make a high quality screening version available to the festival. Depending on the format, this can be either a dowloadable online file (via Vimeo or Dropbox) or some form of pyhsically posted media such as a blu-ray disc or USB flash drive. All physical media will be returned if required.

Eligible formats are:

Blu-ray disc
MP4 or AVI.

Other formats may be allowed by direct negotiation with the artistic director. Please check with us first before submitting if this might an issue.


All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the online submission process. SEIFF does not accept any mailed payments.

Absolutely no refunds.


SEIFF also accepts feature and short screenplays for competition, as well as scripts for unproduced TV pilot episodes. Non-scripted treatments are not accepted.

Screenplays are accepted in all genres.

Writers may enter multiple screenplays but each must be submitted separately.

Upon acceptance, a maximum of one screenplay per writer will be selected for festival.

Feature film screenplays must be 70 pages or more.

Short film screenplays must be 20 pages or less.


Upon acceptance as an Official Selection entry at the SEIFF, each participant is required to comply with the following:

All Official Selections must submit a suitable screening version
All screening and supporting masterial must be available for download or pysically at the festival office by 30 September 2018.
All physical media sent must include title, director’s name, genre and contact information.
Applicants are wholly responsible for ensuring safe delivery of pysical media and SEIFF can take no responsibility for non delivery or items damaged in transit.


By entering the SEIFF, applicants agree that the organisers of the festival are granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.


By submitting to SEIFF through FilmFreeway, applicants are deemed to have accepted and in effect 'signed' and subscribed to the following:

- I 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 my knowledge.

- In consideration for the selection opportunity into the SEIFF, I 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.

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

- I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this film and/or screenplay to the SEIFF.

- I understand, as the authorized and responsible representative of my selected film and/or screenplay, any prize awarded to the selected film and/or screenplayis to be received by me or any other singular, official representative of the selected film and/or screenplay.

- I 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.

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

Overall Rating
  • Margery Wilson

    Due to unforeseen last minute circumstances our film team was unable to attend the festival. However, from our entry submission forward Chris Hastings and his team were always available and on top of communications. The attention to highest standards and detail was amazing. The activities that involved the local community and all ages really made this “an event.” For a first time festival the organization was phenomenal.

    We were honored to have our film (The Sleeper by the River/La dorMeuse Duval) awarded Best Screenplay ( Manuel Sanchez and Muriel Sanchez-Harrar) and Best Actor (Dominique Pinon)

    I look forward to attending next year!

    October 2018
  • Barney Spender

    I wish I could give Satisfied Eye more than 5 stars. From the very outset the communications were outstanding; Chris and his team showed a wonderful efficiency from start to finish and a great attention to detail. Beyond the screening and Q&A which all went off without a hitch, there was local press, a presence in the town of Epsom, a well-produced festival programme and, of course, a terrific awards ceremony. Thank you for the red carpet, my first ever! At the heart of it was a deep love of film and empathy with filmmakers. I was very proud that The Road to Sparta was selected to screen at the first ever Satisfied Eye - if the festival maintains its passion and ambition it will still be with us in 50 years ...

    October 2018
  • Serge Ioan Celebidachi

    A wonderful festival with wonderful people all dedicated volunteers with a big smile on h. In a time where the big block-busters are taking most of the theaters downtown and in the malls, it is festivals like these who can help the independent filmmakers to keep on making meaningful films. Please keep doing what you do and thank you for this memorable first edition!

    November 2018
  • Tony Greengrass

    The organisers' commitment to feeding back to us filmmakers is very much appreciated - it is yet another feature of Satisfied Eye that has made it stand out from other festivals.

    After a year with our short film on the festival circuit, two film festivals have stood head and shoulders (and a bit of torso, to be honest) above the rest. Engagement with filmmakers, regular exchange of information, promotion, and bringing filmmakers and audiences together in an atmosphere of friendship - all these are factors in which this festival has scored heavily, taking Satisfied Eye to share first place in my film festival affections.

    I will certainly be submitting future projects to Satisfied Eye and I hope they will achieve the standard needed to occasion my return to Epsom and to meet up again with you and Lorna.

    November 2018
  • Although I was not able to attend the festival, I felt like I was there. The communication was on the highest standard. I got a real people feedback about my film which was overwhelming. Thank you for your work, all the best with your next project. Guys, you did awesome.

    November 2018