Short Sighted Cinema CIC is now welcoming submissions for our 8th annual film festival, THE SHORTEST NIGHTS.

As a BIFA qualifying festival we pride ourselves on curating exciting, entertaining and high-quality programmes celebrating the best in BRITISH 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

“The eagle-eyed curators who run things are known for spotting the best new short films around. ” – Londonist



"It's so rare to get feedback and to receive advice that is so specific and helpful has really spurred me on. Thank you!" Esmé Hicks. Filmmaker.

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

“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. Filmmaker.

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

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

ALL selected films will automatically become part of THE SHORTEST NIGHTS season (pandemic permitting), which will premiere at THE SHORTEST NIGHTS festival.

Screenings could then could go on to include digital events, community cinemas, summer festivals and cross-arts collaborations. Films have previously screened at Wilderness Festival, Shambala, In The Woods, Leeds Film City, Margate Film Festival and more.

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

- Only UK films are eligible. Films must be made within the last 2 years from filmmakers working, studying or living in the UK.

- Films should be under 20 minutes in length, but can be of any style, genre or theme. We’d also like to encourage family-friendly films.

- 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 festival date. 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.

- Should your film be selected, you give us permission to screen your film at The Shortest Nights 2021 and any subsequent tour or screening over the next 12 months.

- Filmmakers must obtain necessary licenses & clearances for their films, Short Sighted Cinema WILL NOT hold any responsibility for 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
  • Georgina French

    Gem and Janine gave us a very warm virtual welcome to the festival. Lots of fun, with great communication. Great champions of short filmmaking. Would highly recommend.

    June 2021
  • Gem and the team put a lot of effort into showcasing the films and pushed to bring an audience into this years virtual festival. Would recommend any filmmaker to enter their latest work!

    June 2021
  • Shane O'Neill

    I really like this festival. It's small but it has a big heart. I get a little disillusioned with the lack of communication & organisation with some festivals but The Shortest Night was excellent. Gem and team went above and beyond to create a brilliantly curated festival and they kept us up to date with everything. They even organised a post-lockdown meet up and a pre-screening zoom chat. loved it.

    June 2021
  • Stefan Georgiou

    It's always such a pleasure to screen here. The quality of the selection is of such high quality and they go above and beyond in trying to accommodate networking, which is very much appreciated.

    June 2021
  • Jean-Philippe Le Coq

    Great festival - loads of passionate people behind it and well organised, we only did an online version but this was our first festival ever and we were super pleased!

    June 2021