The Super Shorts Film Festival London is an annual event that highlights independent short film talent. For the upcoming 2021 edition, there will now be four days of free screenings showcasing unique shorts from around the globe. Thanks to the generous support of the British Film Institute, we are happy to announce its high quality BFI Stephen Street location will once again be our screening base.

Talent Circle in London founded the Super Shorts London Film Festival in 2003, to focus explicitly on short films in all its forms and shapes. During its original eleven year run, the festival shown over 2,000 incredible short films, from slick 35mm shorts to weird and wonderful experimental films. Super Shorts held over 120 events, including seminars, panel discussions and workshops. This resulted in rave reviews:
”The best short films from around the world“ Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter series)
“The best in short cinema from around the world“ Timeout London
“The world's best new shorts” Metro newspaper

In 2010 Chris Jones became one of the leading names of the festival. Chris Jones is a filmmaker and author of the internationally bestselling "Guerilla Film Makers Handbook" series. In 2009 his short film 'Gone Fishing' was Oscar shortlisted, won the prestigious Producers Guild of America's Best Short Film and collected over 40 international awards.

Unfortunately, in its original incarnation, the festival came to an end in 2014. Inspired by that original movement, the Super Shorts Film Festival London was revived in 2018, and continued to emphasize lesser known, vanguard cinematic works and further its tradition of galvanizing budding talent. Although the 2018 edition was modest in approach it proved that the Super Shorts Film Festival London was still very much relevant, and had the potential to grow. In 2019, the festival moved to the Stephen Street location of the BFI (British Film Institute), which will remain its screening base. The 2020 festival will once again create an intimate atmosphere and space for unique visionaries and voices. True to its history, the festival will screen films of both novices and veterans—with medium and low budgets—from all over the globe. The festival’s goal is to create a warm, open atmosphere in which filmmakers, fans, critics, and producers can watch the films of emerging talents, explore new cinematic techniques and styles, and award cinematic excellence.

The Super Shorts Film Festival London will take place on December 14-17 2020 at BFI Stephen Street, London.

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Free screenings
Entrance to the screenings is free of charge.

Contemporary Cinema.
Small, cosy and intimate, BFI Stephen Street is a world away from your everyday multiplex experience. Free of advertising and trailers, this is the place to come to indulge your love of good film.

Super Shorts Film Festival supports the Connecting Cultures Program by The Bigger Screen. Each year, The Bigger Screens select ten countries and grant filmmakers from those areas the ability to submit their work free of charge to partner festivals all over the world. This opens the door of film exposure to those who may not otherwise be able to enter. As we support inclusivity and shareable films, this program exemplifies our mission. From February 2021 until February 2022 included, The Bigger Screen Connecting Cultures Program supports filmmakers based in the following countries: Burundi, Eritrea, Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Iran.

All selected filmmakers will receive The Tarkovski Grant, a film festival submission fee waiver package with an average value of about $250. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed. The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers, by promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length. The Tarkovski Grant is supported by film festivals from all over the world. Find out more here:

All selected films are also automatically in the running for Producer's Night.
Producer's Night is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened to a private group of elite Hollywood producers. For many directors, it could mean their ticket to the mainstream. The exclusive screening presented by Cinematory, Tarkovski, and Hollywood producer Bhavani Rao, member of the PGA, will show the best of independent cinema from the past year's film festivals at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood. The only way to be considered for this by being selected at one of the partner film festivals. Super Shorts London Film Festival is a proud partner film festival of Producer's Night. More information:

The selected films are viewed by the Festival Jury and winners are picked for the following awards;

Best Super Shorts Film
Best Narrative Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Animated Film
Best Underground Film
Best Music Video
Best UK Film


Super Shorts Film Festival accepts all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry, accept the 'guaranteed selection submissions', does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each. The festival has the capability to screen MP4 files.

Screenings are scheduled during the festival at the discretion of Super Shorts Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Super Shorts Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Super Shorts Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Super Shorts Film Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Super Shorts Film Festival and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of Super Shorts Film Festival. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, Super Shorts Film Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.

The filmmaker holds Super Shorts Film Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.

The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.

Since the festival only requires a nominal entry fee, we will NOT accept requests for other entry fee waivers.

Overall Rating
  • Carlo Lin

    A very friendly and responsible film festival!
    This year is very difficult, screening will be extended to next year. Our experimental short film won this year's best experimental film, and hope to participate again next year.

    December 2020
  • Tan Tuncag

    I'm honored to be selected in this amazing festival and a big thank you for the The Tarkovski Grant.

    December 2020
  • daniel merendoni

    very communicative and professional festival

    December 2020
  • Hugo Alves

    So thankful to have my work selected and screened at one of the BFI locations, right in the centre of London. The friendly organiser and an intimate screening made it a very enjoyable experience.

    February 2020
  • Unfortunately, I haven't been able to attend the festival in person, but they show their excellent communication and organization from a distance.
    It's a very serious festival with great selections of films and programs.

    December 2019