"Such a wonderful festival, brilliantly run by a wonderful team"
"The quickest, most in-depth response I’ve received from a festival."
"The communication and feedback provided are second-to-none."

Better than a film festival and script competition combined, Sunday Shorts provides feedback on submissions, hosts monthly film and script events, and culminates with a Film Festival of screenings, networking and awards.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We're back to running live monthly and now also themed events in Lisbon, Portugal's historical capital, fast becoming the creative and start-up hub of Europe. We are now planning our end of year awards event in London for December.

☻ Script Judging - We're looking for scripts with the most potential, that have utilised the screenplay medium. All short scripts are read to the end by a programmer and can request short or full feedback. Finalist scripts are read by another programmer and the festival director and discussed.

☻ Film Judging - All submissions are watched in their entirety by a programmer and/or the festival director. Feedback can be added to any submission for as little as $1 extra. Each judge selects and shares their favourites, before collaboratively curating a diverse program of different genres, styles and lengths.

☻ 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.

MONTHLY AWARDS:
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
BEST SHORT SCRIPT
RUNNER-UP BEST SHORT SCRIPT

ANNUAL AWARDS:
BEST FILM - £500 ($650) CASH PRIZE
BEST LOW BUDGET - £100 CASH PRIZE
BEST PRODUCTION
BEST MICRO-SHORT
BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST THRILLER / HORROR
BEST EXPERIMENTAL / MUSIC VIDEO

Official Selections - The jury select 7 films per month to compete for the monthly Audience Award, which are also nominated for our annual awards event. Stills and posters are shared across social media, and trailers are played at 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.

Script Competition - Selected by the programmer and the festival director exclusively from FilmFreeway submissions. Winners and Finalists will have their scripts read and discussed in a live online script workshop with guest directors, actors and writers. The scripts are also displayed on our website, with the aim of connecting buyers, financiers and collaborators directly with the writers.

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 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.

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 online, unless the submitter gives prior permission, or it is already intentionally public.

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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Hospitality
Networking
  • Thank you so much, Sunday Shorts for choosing not one, but two of my scripts, as your script finalists. The communication was great, especially for an international competition, and although our table read did not go as planned, it was still a great opportunity to hear my story out loud. I will be submitting again!

    July 2021
  • Anna Camilla Elisabet Holter

    Great Festival! Thank you all!! I am happy we were one of the finalists!

    June 2021
  • Shane O'Neill

    Our short film 'Clown' screened at this festival in Lisbon and we really enjoyed the experience. Although we were not able to travel the organisers kept us in the look with emails and even sent us videos of the crowd enjoying our film on the big screen. It was a very good experience.

    May 2021
  • Rocio Bilota

    Thank you so much for taking our film under consideration! It was great to be part.

    May 2021
  • Leeseul Oh

    A great festival! Thank you for selecting my film 'Scales'

    May 2021