The South Coast Film Festival is set in the heart of Hastings, East Sussex. The festival will take place this year at the renowned Stables Theatre , in the old town of Hastings. The festival will enable filmmakers to showcase their work to industry professionals such as Producers, Commissioners, and Directors. In attendance will be winners from the MFF 2019 Cannes amongst others.
The SCFF is the ideal platform to get your film seen by the right people. All films selected to be screened at the SCFF will gain free entry to the after party, a great place to mingle and network.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Awards for Short Films, Documentaries, Features and Smart Phone Films. Also, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Newcomer (in any category/role). Scripts Both Feature and short film
Awards will be presented on the last day of the festival by the Mayor of Hastings at a special closing awards ceremony.

Rules and terms:

By submitting your film, you agree that South Coast Film Festival Awards can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purposes.
To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

You must fully comply with these Entry Rules & Regulations, including all deadlines, film length, entry material and other requirements

South Coast Film Festival will review films in their entirety. Films will be watched and reviewed by members of the Selection Committee; a professional group of filmmakers, film enthusiasts and critics. Films are scored accordingly.
1. Entries in foreign languages must come with English subtitles.
2. All entries must have been completed AFTER 2011
3. Any film submitted to the SCFF can be re-submitted at any time for a second chance.
4. Works in progress are accepted.
5. You must own or be given all of the rights to anything you submit to the festival.
6. Multiple entries are allowed. You can submit more than one film to the same category. But keep in mind the entry fee must be paid for each one.
7. 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.
8. A screening committee determines which films shall be exhibited, submissions are not guaranteed to be shown. All decisions of the committee are final. Except for the audience award, separate juries select festival winners
9. After a film has been an official selection, the filmmaker will be notified.
10. Winners will be presented with their awards during the SCFF Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the festival on 15-16th August 2020
11. Submissions are NON-refundable. We cannot be held liable for materials which are lost or damaged.
I also acknowledge that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance, and no refund will be provided if my film is not selected.
Applicants who do not follow the guidelines will not be accepted.

Overall Rating
  • Keith Large

    You have to attend this festival to appreciate how good it is. The audience is full of fellow creatives from film directors and producers to writers and actors. The collective vibe is an inspirational utopia. The Festival Director Francis Saunders is brilliant in how he comperes the whole event incorporating film maker Q and A's after each film wherever possible. Creating a supportive atmosphere which is the charm of this first class friendly festival. Jayne the event co-ordinator is a proper people person and makes you feel welcome from the second you arrive. Also they show a plethora of fantastic films. A must go to festival.
    It attracts filmmakers from all over the world. We met some brilliant filmmakers who had flew over from Hollywood to Hastings. Such is the high esteem this festival is held in. Make sure you are there in 2024.

    September 2023
  • Schönes Festival in gemütlicher Atmosphäre mit sympathischen, kompetenten Veranstaltern und vielen, tollen Filmemachern. Wer viele Kontakte knüpfen möchte ist hier genau richtig.

    August 2023
  • It was a great festival. Thank you for choosing KATAGMAN as Best International Documentary.

    August 2023
  • Mark Forbes

    Thank you to Francis and Jayne, the Team behind South Coast Film Festival in Hastings who selected my indie feature `Mother & Wild'. I enjoyed meeting the other filmmakers, the German ones were very cool. My only gripe and I don't blame Francis for this. My Q&A was cut very short as Francis had to attend an emergency, he would usually engage with the filmmakers and ask though provoking questions. Though, I was very grateful for the 2-3 questions that were asked about the film itself.

    August 2023
  • Hastings was such a wonderful city and we were so glad to be able to experience it. Francis & Jayne put a lot of hard work into the festival, and it showed. Was so cool to meet filmmakers from both England and around the world. Talked with a lot of great people. The theater was a great space, and definitely a bonus having an in-house bar (with cheap drinks to boot). Would highly recommend submitting & participating.

    August 2023