SUNDAY SHORTS is a short film festival and script competition with screenings, Q&As and awards every month in London.

A great place for filmmakers to share their work and meet like-minded creatives. Each month, we select 8 short films from around the world, and curate a diverse program to be screened the following month.

All submissions are watched by the official jury, and short-listed/semi-finalists are watched by the festival directors. We're looking for filmmakers who understand the short form medium, and achieve what they set out to do, regardless of budget and previous experience.

Shortlisted films are entitled to personal feedback from a festival director, and projects will be re-considered for future months.

UK filmmakers are invited to attend Sunday Shorts Film Festival for a Q&A after the screening of their film.

International filmmakers are invited to film a pre-recorded Q&A for us to screen after the screening of their film.

All submitted scripts are eligible for our monthly Script Competition Winner and Script Competition Finalist. We are looking for scripts with the most potential, not necessarily shooting scripts. All script submissions receive a short summary report.

Our script feedback provides detailed and constructive notes for experienced and new writers, discussing: Story/Narrative/Plot, Character/Dialogue and Use of Medium.

Our film feedback provides ratings out of 10 for: Originality/Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematography, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure, Sound / Music, plus an Overall Rating and a evaluation summary from the judge.

Jury Award Winner - As voted for by the jury as well as monthly guest judges. The winner is announced at the event and presented with a certificate and the Jury Award Winner Laurel. Absent winning filmmakers will receive their award by post and or email. All official selections are eligible.

Audience Award Winner - As voted for in-person by all event attendees at the end of each month. The winner is announced at the event and presented with a certificate and the Audience Award Winner Laurel. Absent winning filmmakers will receive their award by post and or email. Audience Award Winning shorts are screened a second time, at the following month's event.

Script Competition Winner - As voted for by the jury, and selected by the festival directors each month. The winner is notified on the notification date and awarded a certificate at the coming event and the Script Competition Winner Laurel. Winners are invited to the event for a live Q&A. If they are unable to attend, we will arrange an e-interviewed for our blog and social media. All submitted scripts are eligible for this award.

Script Competition Finalist - As voted for by the jury, and selected by the festival directors each month. The Finalist (runner-up winner) is notified on the notification date, and awarded a Finalist Laurel, and will be sent an official certificate. All submitted scripts are eligible for this award.

Sunday Shorts UK Film Awards - An annual event to take place in London in December. Winners receive a SSFA award, a goodybag from DEEPER INTO MOVIES, a certificate and laurel. All selections from the current year are eligible for nominations in the following categories:

BEST MICRO SHORT
BEST FEATURE SHORT
BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST THRILLER (inc. Horrors)
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL (inc. Music Videos)

BEST DIRECTOR
BEST SCREENPLAY
BEST PRODUCTION
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEST SOUND
BEST EDITING
BEST ACTOR

ELIGIBILITY:

MICRO SHORT FILM - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. UP TO 5 MINUTES.

SHORT FILM - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. UP TO 15 MINUTES.

FEATURE SHORT FILM - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. BETWEEN 15 AND 25 MINUTES.

MICRO SHORT SCRIPT - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. UP TO 5 PAGES.

SHORT SCRIPT - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. UP TO 15 PAGES.

FEATURE SHORT SCRIPT - ALL REGIONS. ALL GENRES. UP TO 25 PAGES.

STUDENT PROJECTS - MAJORITY STUDENT FILM PRODUCTION. SUBMITTERS MUST HAVE BEEN A STUDENT AT THE TIME OF PRODUCTION. ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION ARE ELIGIBLE.

Films not in English language must have English subtitles.

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

Submitted scripts must be original screenplays. 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, of the submitted film to promote the event it is screening at.

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

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  • Jake Mavity

    Great festival; really thoughtfully curated and carefully put together. Had a fantastic Q&A session after each film too so was very insightful.

    November 2018
  • I am delighted that my script RED ROBE won this festival. The communication was exceptional and the fees were a bargain with good, valuable and professional feedback included in the entry fee.

    October 2018
  • Janine Koppe

    My short film was selected to be screened at the festival's September edition. The festival organisers were incredibly friendly and professional throughout the whole process. They clearly care about the films they select and the event they put on. As I wasn't able to attend myself I was offered to do a pre-recorded Q&A - not many smaller (or bigger) festivals offer this! At the end of the day, my lead actress managed to attend instead and participated in the Q&A. She really loved the down to earth and supportive atmosphere. She was very impressed with the films screened and the woman who hosted the Q&As. Really hope I can come to a screening in the future. Thanks, Sunday Shorts team!

    October 2018
  • Adam Harris

    I was overjoyed by my experience with Sunday Shorts FF! I recommend it to any and all aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters.

    September 2018
  • This is a great local festival with a really friendly atmosphere.
    It's smaller size and frequency of events helps to build a sense of film as a community, and it was a pleasure to be part of it.
    The cast and crew of our film had enjoyed all of the other screenings and we had a blast doing our Q and A.
    Looking forward to attending it again in future.

    July 2018