The Solent Film Festival is a celebration of the very best in International Independent Genre Cinema.

Running in partnership with the other local Film Festivals, the festival is held in the first half of October. Screenings are held across the Solent area encompassing Portsmouth, Southampton and the surrounding area.

Films are selected to showcase the very best in Independent Cinema from around the world, with a focus on works within specific genres.

Whether your passion is Horror, Action, Sci-Fi, Romance or Family films there is a place at our festival for you.

We have been a part of independent film distribution, independent movie making and the management of other International Film Festivals. We are a family run business which we started in 2009, we currently have over 40 films in the market and have helped set up and supported five other film festivals, while running 3 ourselves. What started as a family passion has now become our life’s work.

We look to support the best narrative and factual film content out there including both short films and feature films. We look for strong and compelling stories, high production value and exciting cinematography to put into the Festival.

We can't wait to see you at our festival and look forward to chatting to you about your film and future projects. If you're just here to enjoy the festival we hope to sit down and debate the many aspects of the films and see your choice for film of the festival.

There are awards for the best feature or short in each category, and trophies are awarded as part of the Southampton International Film Festival.

Films submitted in the incorrect category will be automatically disqualified, & any fees paid will not be reimbursed.
At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to the correct category, but only if the appropriate level of submission fee has been paid. Any excess fees paid will not be reimbursed.

A Short Film can be up to 30 minutes in duration.

A) Guidelines

Films that have been aired on UK television prior to the Festival, are available for purchase on DVD or on VOD in Europe, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.
Films previously submitted to the Solent Film Festival are NOT eligible.
Films must be submitted on DVD or Blu-Ray. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals. We can only screen films from a DVD or Blu-Ray.
Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
Entrant will allow usage of clips and stills from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.
Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted (if no edit is available to view it will not be considered); subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the discretion of the programming committee.
Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and preview DVD screener) will be processed.
The Solent Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or illegible.
Students must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc.).

B) Deadlines

In order to be eligible for discounted rates, postal submissions should be postmarked before the dates given.

C) Shipping

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

All international entries must be sent to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Solent Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. All shipments should be marked as no commercial value.

D) Judging & Selection

All Films are selected for Festival presentation by the Solent Film Festival Programming Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email.

All competitive film categories are judged before the Festival.

All entrants will be notified on or before August 28, 2016.

For publication purposes, entries selected will be requested to supply three high resolution stills from the film and at least one high resolution photograph of the film's director. The Festival may also request publicity materials and a video trailer (if available). Publicity and press materials will not be returned.

E) Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. These fees may be paid by check or money order, made payable to Capture Events ltd, or Paypal or through FilmFreeway.


If insufficient submissions are received in certain categories, those categories may be merged with other categories for the purpose of awards. All films submitted will be considered for both screening and an award in one category. If a winner is unable to attend the award ceremony, optional delivery of the trophy by post will be at the winners expense.

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for including us in your festival, and promoting independent cinema. It gives much needed credibility and exposure to little guys like us. Glitch free.

    November 2016