SFR Short Film Festival celebrates the best of international short films.

ALL submissions WHETHER SELECTED OR NOT get reviewed on the Short Film Reviews website, with a link to your screener (activated when you want).

This unique “buy one get one free” makes SFR a must for your festival strategy. Everyone’s a winner!

The best of the best will be recognised with awards at a Gala Banquet .

- Entry into festival, and a chance to win an award (see below)
- Priority invitation to Gala Awards Banquet
- Potential feature review in the SFR podcast
- Online review and screener link - all entries
- Promotion via our social media links - all entries
- Mention in our blog - all entries

The festival will be in London in June 2019, with live screenings and Awards Gala, Q&As and panel discussions / masterclasses, and networking opportunities.


Due to circumstance out of our hands, we've had to change the date and venue of the festival. It will now be at The Cinema Museum, in Lambeth, London, on June 29th 2019.

This fantastic museum is in the old Lambeth Workhouse, where Charlie Chaplin spent time as a child with his impoverished mother. It houses a fabulous collection of cinema memorabilia - you feel part of cinema history when you're there.

Close to Elephant and Castle tube, and Waterloo main line station, the Museum is also close to such landmarks as The London Eye, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, the National Theatre and the British Film Institute.

The Museum has its own cafe/bar, and there are hostels and budget hotels nearby.

Awards will be given for:
- Best in each genre: Drama, Horror, SF, Crime/Thriller, Comedy, Children’s, Documentary, Animation, Other.
- Best Film
- Best Student/First film
- Best Short Short (under 5 minutes)
- Acting: Female role, Male role, Female under 20, Male under 20.
- Screenplay
- Director
- Cinematography
- Make-up & Costume
- Design
- Editing
- Effects
- Sound Design
- Music

- Short films must be under 30 minutes long
- Narrative, documentary and animations are welcome, but not music videos
- Premiere status is not required, and films may have been screened online
- Material we deem illegal, pornographic, or inciting violence or hatred will not be accepted, and fees will not be returned in this event.

- To have a screener on the SFR website films must be (or intend to be) hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. (Exceptions, eg films on paid platforms, will be accepted, but we can't embed a screener.)
- Review/screener can be activated or deactivated when the submitter states. Fees will not be returned in the case of deactivation.
- Reviews will be published and retained online for two years, with an optional screener.
- SFR aims to be positive, fair and independent in reviewing and rating films, and will not consider correspondence, except for errors of fact.

- Details of delivery formats and deadlines will be sent with notification of selection
- Submitters are strongly encouraged to provide a poster-format image or still by email to accompany the review; and selected films must do so.

Overall Rating

    The location chosen for this new film festival in Lambeth at the Cinema Museum is an atmospheric backdrop for a friendly and welcoming event. Glyn Carter himself is an approachable and informed curator of the event. All short film festivals come alive in the conversation between films with audience and filmmakers. The Short Film Festival had plenty of that and was a well-organised presentation packing in a whole host of diverse filmmakers from across the globe. The fact that a review is posted online for all films is also an added bonus and speaks well of the passion and commitment to this short-form art. Altogether a lovely experience that we would recommend.

    September 2019
  • 楚儀 陳

    I am very honored to have won this award(Films under 5 minutes).I hope this film festival will be better and better.Thank you, you are great!

    July 2019
  • Brian Stynes

    A perfect venue for a festival and a line up of extraordinary short films. I hope there will be many, many more.

    July 2019
  • Very nice event! Thanks for being so welcoming and for a great communication before the festival! I enjoyed the film program a lot!

    July 2019