Sheffield Short Film Festival is run by Sheffield filmmakers and is following in the Steel City’s long history and tradition of celebrating cinema. By bringing international short films to the amazing and diverse audiences of Sheffield, our aim is to celebrate new and established filmmakers from around the globe and share with you the magic of cinematic storytelling through the time-honoured format of short film.

Launched last year, the festival was forced to be postponed until October 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Festival took place online between 30 October - 1 November.
2020 Award Winners
Best UK Film - Off Fleek
Best International Film - Bringing Home the Blubber
Best Queer Film - A Night with Noorjehan
Best Documentary - Simulation of Mr. Yellow
Best Student Film - Elephantbird

Due to the ongoing lockdown in the UK, this years festival will be held online. Please see press released at

As a small festival we are unable to grant free entry codes apart from the exceptions listed in our categories.
No deadline waivers will be granted.
Thank you

Best UK Short
Best International Short
Best Student Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Queer Short
Best Yorkshire film *Your film must have been filmed in Yorkshire*

You only need to submit your film to one category, your film will be judged for all eligible awards.

Rules & Eligibility

1. Entries must be no more than 30 minutes in duration including title sequences and credits.

2. Films must be the original work of the entrants and must have been produced after 1st January 2019.

3. Sheffield Short Film Festival does not have a premiere policy for documentaries however fiction films submitted must retain a Sheffield Premier status.

4. Sheffield Short Film Festival accepts all genres.

5. Sheffield Short Film Festival does not accept films that promote a product or company.

6. Entrants must have obtained clearance for all copyrighted music and other copyrighted material used in their film’s entry.

7. Written permission must have been obtained from all the people actively appearing in the film. This is usually done by way of a release form.

8. All films not in the English language must have English subtitles that are embedded in the film.

9. Sheffield Short Film Festival only accepts electronic submissions completed online through FilmFreeway.

10. To be considered for the 2021 competition, entries must be received by the final deadline as stipulated on FilmFreeway.

11. Your status on FilmFreeway will acknowledge the receipt of your submission.

12. Filmmakers whose work has been selected will receive notification by email by 16th April 2021.

13. Sheffield Short Film Festival may need to alter deadlines and notification dates and reserves the right to do so for any reason.

14. Sheffield Short Film Festival reserve the right to have absolute discretion over all decisions regarding entry and status of films into the festival at any time and for any reason.

15. The decision of the judges is final. Unfortunately, we cannot enter into individual discussion regarding those decisions and are unable to provide individual feedback.

16. The entry of a film is the entrant’s responsibility. The submission fees are decided by the festival and, unfortunately, we cannot reimburse submission fees for any reason.

17. Sheffield Short Film Festival and associated parties cannot accept any responsibility for any misuse of intellectual property rights.

19. Sheffield Short Film Festival has the right to use images and a maximum of 90 seconds from selected films for promotional or festival screenings or on the Sheffield Short Film Festival website, for press and/or media purposes.

19. Sheffield Short Film Festival will always seek permission from filmmakers if we wish to use any film for any other purpose related to Sheffield Short Film Festival or subsequent promotion or events.

Overall Rating
  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    Loved this festival. Fast communication and well organised. Would recommend :)

    March 2021
  • Roberto Colapietro

    Very well organised festival, good to have been part of it.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks, Roberto.

  • Libby Burke Wilde

    Great festival, loved being a part of it. Not easy to launch a new festival in 2020 but these guys managed it with aplomb!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Libby. It was great to have you involved.