SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL is the world’s first film festival dedicated entirely to the cinema’s crafts of sound and music.

We at SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL love composers and sound designers, the unsung heroes of film, TV and games. Their work is integral to pace, setting, tone and atmosphere and we believe they deserve greater recognition.

At SSFF we screen short-form and feature-length documentaries, dramas and animations that push the boundaries of sound design and music. We want to open up conversations about the relationship between sound and film and inspire the next generation of moviemakers, composers and sound technicians.

Jury Award for Best Film
Best Sound Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Combined Use of Sound & Music

Jury Award for Best Short
Best Sound Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Combined Use of Sound & Music
Award for Best Sound & Music in a Student Film

Best Original Score not produced for picture
Best Feature Film Score
Best Short Film Score

To submit a film, your project must fulfil the relevant category's rules. We have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions and your film can have previous screenings at other festivals and/or be available on other platforms however the committee will favour films with less exposure.

All deadlines (earlybird, regular, late and extended) are the dates by which films must be submitted to the festival. Your digital upload, Vimeo link, or the physical disc must be received by the festival before the final deadline date for. All submissions are handled identically, regardless of which deadline you choose.

All films must be submitted via the Online Screener System on FilmFreeway, a Vimeo link entered directly on the submission application or the film posted on a DVD or Blu-Ray disc. If you intend to send the festival your film on disc please ensure this is region 0 or 2 and ideally PAL formatted. Submitting your film early is encouraged to take advantage of lower fees but please allow up to 24 hours for processing of digital video uploads. If you are submitting a physical disc, please post well in advance of the deadline.

We wish you the best of luck with your submission!

Overall Rating
  • A D Cooper

    Such a welcoming and friendly festival run by folks who know their onions about sound and music. Lots of useful insights about the business as much as screening interesting films.

    As a festival, it must be unique in focusing on the aural aspects of film making. I'll go again another year - whether or not I'm selected.

    March 2020