For our April 2024 screening we are inviting experimental documentary submissions on the theme of CUTTING EDGE.

Cutting Edge can be described as technological advance or artistic achievements that differ from what has come before. But what does cutting edge mean to you? Brand new innovations technology or invention? The sharp edge of fashion, movements blades or tools?

Short Circuit show thought-provoking short films that have their roots in documentary. Now well established our themed screenings in Brighton invite emerging, established and award winning artists and filmmakers to share their often unconventional approaches to themes and documentary storytelling.


*Short Circuit Film is a non-profit, event and member of the BFI Audience Network and FilmHubSE.

• Keep films short (we prefer films of 20 mins and under)
• Films submitted MUST have roots in documentary storytelling
• Submitted films must be in English or have English subtitles.
• Films must be submitted via the FilmFreeway unless otherwise requested.

• We may use stills or excerpts of your film for promotional purposes If you don't wish your film to be used for tpromotion then please let us know.
• We reserves the right to edit the information provided in your submission for publicity to promote the Festival.
• We will not share your data/ work or passwords without your permission.

• Short Circuit is a non profit and volunteer run event. The Entry fee is used for Screening events and administration only.

By submitting your film through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to the terms above.

Overall Rating
  • I really love this festival. I love the careful thematic curating and the support for non-traditional documentary work. The communication is also excellent.

    May 2023
  • We enjoyed being at our screening and hope that Short Circuit Films shows more work in Brighton. Fabrica is a great venue!

    May 2023
  • Glad to have been part of this beautiful festival!

    May 2023
  • Charles Cadkin

    Great festival with fantastic programming!

    May 2022