Sunday Shorts is an international monthly film festival and script competition that provides feedback to every submission.

Since starting in 2015, we have become known for our critical and thoughtful approach, as passionate writers and filmmakers, we are very supportive of every project we receive.

Our submissions now start at an even lower fee of just $5 for students, $6 Gold, and $7 regular, for both short films and short scripts.

☻ Script Judging - All short scripts are read to the end by an experienced reader and receive short feedback as standard. Only scripts submitted through Filmfreeway are considered. We're looking for scripts with the most potential, that have utilised the screenplay medium, not just the most polished draft.

☻ Film Judging - All submissions are watched in their entirety and all films receive short feedback as standard. Only projects submitted through Filmfreeway are considered. We aim to curate diverse programs of different styles, genres and lengths.

☻ Q&As - Unlike other festivals, we emphasise the importance of sharing our experiences, and strive to present a Q&A along with every film screened. Local filmmakers are invited to attend the festival, and international filmmakers have the opportunity to pre-record a Q&A video.

☻ Semi-Finalists - Short-listed projects are awarded Semi-Finalist status. Semi-Finalists also receive a laurel, are promoted on social media, and are considered for future programs in the same year - no need to re-submit!

Jury Award Winner - As voted for by the programmer, the festival director, and guest judges each month. The winner is announced at the event and presented with a certificate and the Jury Award Winner Laurel. Absent winning filmmakers receive their certificate by post, free of charge. All official selections are eligible. Monthly winners are nominated for Best Film, Best Production, and Best Foreign Language (if applicable) 2020.

Audience Award Winner - As voted for in-person by all attendees at the end of each event. The winner is announced at the event and presented with a certificate and the Audience Award Winner Laurel. Absent winning filmmakers receive their certificate by post. All official selections are eligible. Monthly winners are nominated for Best Film, Best Production, and Best Foreign Language (if applicable) 2020.

Script Competition Winner - A winner is chosen by the programmer and the festival directors each month. The winner is notified on the notification date and receives the Script Competition Winner Laurel, a Sunday Shorts certificate, and personalised media coverage. All submitted short scripts are eligible for this award.

Script Competition Finalist - A runner-up is chosen by the programmer and the festival director each month. The finalist is notified on the notification date, and receives the Script Competition Finalist Laurel. All submitted short scripts are eligible for this award.

Sunday Shorts Annual Film Awards - An awards and networking event to take place once a year in London. Award Winners receive a Sunday Shorts award and a unique laurel. All selections from the previous 12 months are eligible for nomination in the following categories:

BEST FILM
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE
BEST MICRO SHORT (< 3 minutes)
BEST PRODUCTION
BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST THRILLER (inc. Horror)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL (inc. Music Video)

ELIGIBILITY:

Films not in English language must have English subtitles.

No premiere requirements, and films may already be available online.

Student projects must have been a majority student production. Submitters must have been a student at the time of production. All levels of education are eligible.

Submitted scripts would ideally be unproduced original screenplays, but not exclusively. Writers of all ages are eligible, from any country in the world, but entries must be written in English language.

All film selections will be notified, and will be required to provide a HD .MOV or .MP4 of the film.

Selected films wishing not to use their 'Official Premiere', can request to screen as a 'Preview', but will not be eligible for any awards.

Selected films won't be uploaded or shared online, unless the submitter has given prior permission, or it is already publicly available online.

Submitter grants us authorisation to include images, extracts and promotional material for our own promotional purposes, but the project must be credited.

Submitter agrees they have read and understood all the terms and conditions, rules and guidelines before submitting a project.

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  • Great festival, staff and organization. Absolutely recommended. Unfortunately i could'nt have been in Lisbon but I appreciated the attention they gave to me and my short movie despite the distance. Thanks guys!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the kind words, Marco! Really appreciated the Q&A video. Wishing you luck with more festivals and screenings!

  • Cathriona Slammon

    Great festival. Thoughtful feedback, great communication from festival coordinater. Very reasonable entry fee especially compared to other festivals. Extremely positive experience, highly recommended!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much, Cathriona - our first, first-time writer winner! And people are responding so well to your interview with us!

  • Fantastic festival with excellent communication!
    I'm glad that I submitted my short film and even more thrilled about the award!!
    See you next year!

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Franz! Congrats on winning the Jury Award, and we hope to see you in London on the 15th!

  • Joan Bentosela

    Great festival with very interesting programming. They asked me to do a Q&A video. It was a good experience.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Joan! You did a great job with the Q&A, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Sarah Klearman

    I had a great experience with Sunday Shorts! Though I couldn’t attend the screening in Lisbon, I really appreciate the communication and care put into this festival.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Sarah! Let us know when your film's made public, and we're looking forward to seeing what you make next!