Short Sighted Cinema CIC is now open for submissions for THE SHORTEST NIGHTS 2018, an annual collection of cutting-edge programmes celebrating the best in British short film.

Inspired by the longest day of the year, The Shortest Nights takes place over an entire day, showcasing new programmes of short-form films alongside industry networking.

Short Sighted Cinema CIC is a short film initiative run by Kate Williamson and Gem Carmella. They programme unique events across London, working with with festivals, arts hubs, and community cinemas to bring new audiences to short film.

Films for this collection must have been created within the last 2 years by filmmakers living, working or studying in the UK, inclusive of British Filmmakers working overseas.



“If it’s film that floats your boat, take up Short Sighted Cinema’s invitation to watch all their short films in one go…. bliss.” – Time Out

“Short Sighted Cinema may sound like it’s for people with fuzzy vision sat in the front row, but the eagle-eyed curators who run things there are known for spotting the best new short films around. ” – Londonist



“Insightful feedback… It was great to hear from an outside perspective some confirmation of what it’s strengths and weaknesses are.” Garry Sykes

“Genuinely very much inspired by the feedback and your advice moving forwards is something which definitely makes sense to me…excellent feedback and insight” Aaron Dunleavy

“Very useful in practical ways: both usefully informative and, again, positive and encouraging.” Ed Jones Edwards

“The feedback is detailed, honest and forward-looking. This is worth it’s weight in gold…” Frederic Casella

ALL selected films will automatically become part of THE SHORTEST NIGHTS season tour, which will premiere at THE SHORTEST NIGHTS event in London in June. Screenings could then could go on to include local cinemas, community events, summer festivals and cross-arts collaborations. Films have previously screened at Wilderness, Shambala, In The Woods, Leeds Film City and more.

Selected films and those that are shortlisted will also be considered for future Short Sighted Cinema events in London and around the UK.

- Only films made within the last 2 years from filmmakers working, studying or living in the UK are eligible. If you are a British filmmaker working or studying abroad, please email us after submitting with a note about your submission as non-UK addresses will be disqualified.

- Filmmakers may submit ONE film FREE of charge.

- There is a small fee for additional films. This contributes directly to festival costs. Additional films submitted from the same filmmaker who have not selected this option will not be considered.

- There is a fee for submission feedback, which is an OPTIONAL service. This fee contributes directly to festival costs. You will receive feedback after the notification date, with a statement from the festival programmers about the selection decision regarding your film. We will give honest, direct feedback about the film's key areas of strengths & weaknesses. This may take some time to reach you depending on demand for this feature.

- Films should be under 25 minutes in length, but can be of any style, genre or theme. We’d also like to encourage family-friendly films.

- Should your film be selected, you give us permission to screen your film at The Shortest Nights and any subsequent tour screening over the next 12 month.

- Filmmakers must obtain necessary licenses & clearances for their films, Short Sighted Cinema WILL NOT hold responsibility for any copyright infringement.

- Submitting a film gives us permission to use publicity stills provided and up to 30 seconds of footage for use in The Shortest Nights' marketing and publicity.

- Films that do not fall within our criteria will NOT be watched. Please state clearly the UK connection if you are submitting from abroad (email to info[@]

Overall Rating
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    Hannah Pike

    Fantastic curating. Great venue (really worth going out to Hackney Wick for). Laid-back, supportive and professional vibe. I hope to see this festival expand over the years.

    August 2017
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    Robert Hackett

    Killer festival. They worked tirelessly to promote the festival and our film. Our film screened on one of the hottest days of the year but we still had great audience attendance. Quality and diversity of films outstanding. Highly recommend anyone to submit here. Thank you Kate and Gem.

    June 2017
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    Paul Holbrook

    One of our favourite festivals in the calendar! Supportive, passionate and run by two of the nicest people in the industry who certainly know their stuff. You will not find better value, nor a better environment to screen you films :)

    June 2017
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    Andrew Fleming

    I can't speak highly enough of the passion, professionalism and warmth of this festival and it's hosts. If you only ever enter your short in one festival, while that wouldn't be a smart strategy, this is the one to go for.

    June 2017
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    Andrew Ionides

    A wonderful festival set in the creative hub of East London. Clever genre-named categories, great communication by the organisers, a friendly vibe and and an excellent mix of short films to watch - something for everyone. Hope to submit to it again!

    June 2017