The Scottish Short Film Festival (SSFF) is to promote and encourage filmmaking in and about Scotland, give credit where it's due and encourage young and upcoming talent in the field. We wholeheartedly welcome submissions from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and from filmmakers of any gender, religion or orientation. Each entry must be 20 minutes or less and have some relation to Scotland - be it Scottish actors, Scottish story, Scottish director, Scottish music etc.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Judge's Prize
Audience prize
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Sound
Best Music
Best Costume/Make up
Best Editor
Most Original/Creative
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary
The Acting Coach Scotland Rising Star Award
The Thomas Haywood Scottish Landscape Award

Terms and Conditions

Normal closing date: 11:59pm on 30th June 2020.
Priority will be given to premieres.
All the awards, except Audience Prizes, will be decided in advance by the judges, whose decisions are final.
Audience members vote for the audience prize. You can't vote for yourself.
Maximum length of film : 20 minutes, including titles and credits.
The film must have been completed between 1st Jan 2019 and 30th June 2020, so if it was started in November 2018 and finished in January 2019, this is acceptable. Please note, any false information regarding the film's budget, submitting as a premiere when it is not, or false information regarding the film completion date, then it may be disqualified and you'll lose your entry fee.

We now only accept entries via

It's a Scottish Short Film Competition, so the film must have some relation to Scotland. You can enter as many films as you like.

All those whose films are shown on the night will be eligible for one free ticket.

If you don't enter by 30th June 2020, your film will not be shown to the shortlist judges, or watched by myself, even if it's the best ever. But you might have a chance to enter it next year.

The judging panel and the audience's decision is final. If there's a tie for the audience prize, there will be a quickfire question round on the subject of film.

Unfortunately your entry fee cannot be refunded if your film is not chosen to be shown on the night, but we will offer some feedback from the judges and a free ticket to the event.
By submitting your film you assert that you as the film-maker own all rights and permissions to use the music and video footage of places, buildings and persons in your film. If you have any questions feel free to contact us via Facebook, email

Overall Rating
  • Robert Duncan

    I reallu enjoyed the festival however I felt the format and organisations could be improved. The quality of shorts varied wildly. It felt like the programme could have been curated more thoroughly. The quick Q&As with each filmmaker seemed rushed and didn't allow for any real discussion and I don't think they did many of the filmmakers justice. The programme was also very long. It felt like they had tried to cram in as many shorts as possible. This left little room for discussion or networking. There was only one small 10 minute break. I think it is a really laudable festival and the organizers really have shown a passion for celebrating the Scottish short film scene but I think they need to reconsider the organisation of the festival and perhaps been more selective in their program.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Hi Robert, many thanks for your review and comments! We welcome all feedback and will do our best to take this into consideration for future events.

  • Fiona McAndrew

    Thank you SSFF for screening Waders' lullaby. I hope to be part of this festival again in the future.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the great review, Fiona and it was a pleasure to showcase your animation. It was a lovely way to end the night. Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future!

  • Daniel Caradec

    Really enjoyed the festival, both as filmmaker and as audience member. I definitely recommend it!

    August 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Daniel! Glad you enjoyed the night. And thank you for taking part with your great film. We look forward to more from you in the future :-) if possible.

  • Charlie Parker

    Excellent choice of location, felt very comfortable and enjoyed the screening as a whole. Left the event feeling great about what I had just seen.

    The only criticism I would make, for the sake of being constructive, is leaving more time for networking at the end (for those who have to leave the city due to public transport restrictions).

    Despite that. Excellent event!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Charlie! Glad to have you onboard. Will definitely allow more time for networking next year and hope to see more of your films.

  • Douglas Fender

    Overall a fantastic little festival for the Scottish people.

    An actual cinema - Check
    A red carpet - Check
    An audience - Check
    Awards - Check

    I was lucky enough to win an award, though was stuttering around the place. Some sound issues initially, but was ironed out quick enough. Would highly recommend as most festivals are not real festivals anymore, just online showcases.

    Only advice I would give. When you give out awards, wait until the end of the night. The afternoon session had a few winners but they were handed out then and there. Some filmmakers arrived in the evening unaware that the awards and Golden Raptor that they were nominated/in the run for were already handed out earlier in the day.

    Only other thing (If Chris can respond to this, that would be great) is that the advertised Garry Fraser didn't seem to be there and wasn't mentioned on the night.

    That is just a nitpick though, overall it is a very good festival that gives you the chance to network and watch some high quality work. I will apply next year if I have anything. Fair to call this the 'Scottish Oscars' ;)

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Douglas! All fair points. I've reached out to Garry to find out what happened to him but haven't heard anything back yet. It's a shame he wasn't able to make it as I'm sure a lot of people were looking forward to hearing what he had to say. Anyway, apologies about that.