Need a reason to create something new?

Following on from last year's hugely successful online Filmathon event, D&C Film and SW FilmMail have partnered with Exeter Phoenix and are looking for short films to be considered for a special screening event in August.

Films can be up to 7 minutes in length and must have been completed this year...but we strongly encourage you to create something new!

Films can be of any genre or theme but must be made with a 12A audience in mind.
You can make, create and submit from anywhere in the UK but there must be a South West connection to be eligible (see rules).

Submitted films will be given the chance to exhibit on the big screen in Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday 11 August, 7:30pm as part of Exeter Phoenix’s Reason to Create Festival, (9-15 Aug).

Submitted films will be selected by a panel of judges (TBA) and the judges’ favourite will be eligible for prizes.

Anyone who submits a film will automatically receive a code for 50% off the submission fee for next years Two Short Nights Film Festival.

If you are eager to get making and get back in a cinema to watch great films by South West filmmaking talent, then this is all the reason you need!

Judge's Choice
Audience Choice

1. All submitted films must have been completed after 1st January 2021.

2. The maximum running time for submitted films is 7 minutes.

3. Films must be suitable for a 12A audience.

4. A South West connection is classed as the following:
- The film was shot in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset or Bristol
-The Director of the film is from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset or Bristol

5. The event is open to all types of films - narrative, animation, documentary, drama, experimental and artists' moving image.

6. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this application, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of their film at the event.

7. SW FilmMail, D&C Film and Exeter Phoenix ensures any personal data information will never be used for anything other than direct contact from the festival and will not be shared with any other individual or organisation without permission.

8. There is no fee to submit to the festival.

9. Applicants may enter as many films as they wish, as long as they're eligible. This will require a separate application form and viewable link.

10. A small panel of judges will watch all the films which are submitted and choose which films are screened. The 'Guest Judges' will only watch the films selected for screening.

11. All screening decisions are final. Successful entrants will be notified in early August, 2021. Those who have not been selected will also be notified at this time.

12. At the point of submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

13. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

14. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

15. If their submission is selected, the entrant agrees to provide a high quality copy of the film for screening.

16. We cannot accept entries submitted by post.

17. We are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback on unsuccessful entries.

18. The screening date or time might be subject to change, or be cancelled at short notice.