Sunday Shorts is a monthly film festival and script competition that provides feedback and runs events in London and Lisbon.

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

Our submission fees for films and scripts start at $10, $8 for Gold, and $5 for students, and all submissions now receive short feedback as standard.

☻ 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.

☻ Events - We run monthly screenings of the latest selections in London and Lisbon. We also organise workshops, masterclasses, and awards parties for our writers and filmmakers.

☻ Q&As - Unlike other festivals, we emphasise the importance of filmmaker Q&As, and strive to present one along with every film selected. 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 are considered for future programs in the same year (no need to re-submit), and are entitled to personal feedback from the festival director. No other festival currently offers this.

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

Audience Award Winner - As voted for in-person by all event 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 award by post. All official selections are eligible.

Script Competition Winner - As voted for by the readers and festival directors each month. The winner is notified on the notification date and awarded a certificate and the Script Competition Winner Laurel, and personalised media coverage. All submitted short scripts are eligible for this award.

Script Competition Semi-Finalist - As voted for by the readers, and selected by the festival directors each month. Semi-Finalists are notified on the notification date, receive a Script Competition Finalist Laurel. All submitted short scripts are eligible for this award.

Sunday Shorts Film Awards - A free invite-only awards and networking event to take place once a year in London. Award Winners receive a Sunday Best Award, a goodybag from DEEPER INTO MOVIES, and a unique laurel. There are 5 nominations per category. All selections from the current year are eligible for nomination in the following 14 categories:

BEST LONG SHORT
BEST FOREIGN (not in English Language)
BEST DRAMA
BEST COMEDY
BEST THRILLER (inc. Horror)
BEST DOCUMENTARY
BEST ANIMATION
BEST EXPERIMENTAL (inc. Music Video)
BEST MICRO SHORT

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

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, 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.

Overall Rating
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  • An excellent festival for young talents.

    February 2019
  • Erin O'Connor

    Provided detailed feedback and good insight. Really great festival experience!

    February 2019
  • Rafael Alves das Neves

    Great festival! Great communication! One of the best experiences I've had. I feel truly honored to be awarded as the best short screenplay.

    February 2019
  • Matthew Karges

    I was very happy to have my film screen with Sunday Shorts. Thanks to Lee and everyone else involved for the commitment to doing the screening every month. I highly recommend this festival!

    January 2019
  • One of the best festivals I've been in contact with! Sunday Shorts's team is very helpful and supportive and easy to communicate with. Their genuine interest in the selected filmmakers is touching and provides us creators with an opportunity to talk further about our films and ourselves.
    Living in Canada, I wasn't able to attend the screening in person, but Sunday Shorts provided me with a video recording of my screening, which I loved to see!
    Highly, highly recommend this festival for their hospitality, communication, and networking!

    January 2019