"Such a wonderful festival, brilliantly run by a wonderful team"
"They take filmmaking and filmmakers really seriously."
"The communication and feedback provided are second-to-none."

Better than a film festival and script competition combined.

Sunday Shorts Film Festival provides feedback for every submission, hosts two events per month, and culminates with annual weekend of screenings and an awards ceremony.

In 2019, we relocated our monthly screenings to Lisbon; Portugal's historical capital, fast becoming the creative and start-up hub of Europe, but our main festival still takes place in London once per year.

☻ Script Judging - All short scripts are read to the end by the programmer and receive short feedback as standard, and short-listed scripts are read by the festival director. We're looking for scripts with the most potential, that have utilised the screenplay medium.

☻ Film Judging - All submissions are watched in their entirety by the programmer and/or the festival director and receive short feedback as standard. We aim to curate diverse programs of different styles and lengths, and are especially interested in cross-genre films, but story always comes first.

☻ Q&As - We emphasise the importance of sharing our experiences, and strive to present a Q&A along with every official selection. Filmmakers are encouraged to attend their screening, but also have the opportunity to pre-record a Q&A video.

☻ Semi-Finalists - We award Semi-Finalist status to only a handful of projects that we really liked, but are unable to include in the current program. Semi-Finalists also receive a laurel, are promoted on social media, and are considered for future programs.

BEST FILM 2020 - £500 ($650) CASH PRIZE
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)

Official Selections - 8 films per month are selected by the Jury to compete for the monthly Audience Award, and will also participate at our annual event. Stills and posters are shared across social media, and trailers are played at two prior events.

Audience Award Winner - As voted for in-person by all attendees at the end of each monthly event. Only Audience Award Winners are nominated for Best Film 2020.

Script Competition - Selected by the programmer and the festival director exclusively from Filmfreeway submissions. Winners and Finalists are displayed on the 'Scripts' page of our website, with the aim of connecting buyers, financiers and collaborators directly with the writers. Winning writers have the option to have their scripts read and discussed by a filmmaking group, to be sent to them as an audio file.

Sunday Shorts Annual Film Awards - Once per year in London, a weekend of screenings and events culminates with an awards ceremony. Each category is judged by an industry guest who are invited to present the award in person. All Award Winners receive a physical award, a unique laurel and a goodybag of prizes from us and our partners. All selections between August 2019 - May 2020 are eligible for nomination in one of 9 categories.

ELIGIBILITY:

Only projects submitted on Filmfreeway are considered.

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 the Audience Award.

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

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

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

Overall Rating
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  • Vera Graziadei

    It was a pleasure to participate in SSFF! The screening in Lisbon seemed so lovely, a pity we couldn't be there. Looking forward to the London edition. And thank you for the Audience Award! We're thrilled! Vera

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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Vera! Congrats on your great film, 'A Map of the World' being the first, and perhaps only, micro-short nominee for Best Film 2020. See you in London!

  • I was unable to physically attend the festival, but the communication from the festival was fantastic and I was able to do a pre-recorded Q&A. -They used social media fantastically in the lead up to the event and shared photos from the screening which was great for me to see. They give you short yet thoughtful feedback on every submission, which is fantastic and goes a long way to understanding how the film is received around the world. Overall, I definitely recommend this festival as one of the best 'bi-monthly' festivals out there!

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the detailed feedback, Matias! Congrats on 'Campesinos' winning our Audience Award, and on your recent Vimeo Staff Pick. I look forward to sharing your film with more audiences later this year!

  • I placed second in this contest, but that's only a side note. These people stayed in touch and quickly answered any questions I had. They also kept me in the loop on any progress ( the table read) they were making. It was a great experience compared to other contests and I always felt well treated. I strongly recommend any short script writer to participate in this competition.

    February 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the great review, Meik! 'I Wouldn't Touch That' was one of the first scripts we recorded a table read of and the feedback on it was fantastic! I hope to help you find a producer asap.

  • Léonard Vuilleumier

    Great communication, great night at the Sunday Shorts. The festival is cosy and it gives great Q&As for the directors. The audience was super friendly too. Loved it !

    January 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Léonard! For your first ever Q&A it was fantastic, and it was a treat to see your film on a big screen! If you have the opportunity to come to our London event, it will be great for networking.

  • Nico Franks

    I really appreciated Sunday Shorts' brilliant communication throughout the whole process, from letting us know we'd been accepted to the useful feedback to advice on other short film festivals to apply to. They use social media really effectively to generate buzz around the event itself, which I went to and was really well attended. The Q&A was fun and it was a brilliant way to meet other filmmakers in Lisbon. Such a great experience all round, three cheers for Sunday Shorts Film Festival!

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Cheers for the detailed review, Nico! 'Revenge Á Paris' went down a treat! It was great to have you at the event, and to also spend some time with you in Lisbon. Looking forward to doing it all again in London!