Welcome to The 2023 British Short Film Awards ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐ŸŽฌ

Short films have long served as a springboard for some of the industry's biggest names. The British Short Film Awards recognises that and our purpose is to celebrate, inspire and support the next generation of filmmakers and actors, from not just Great Britain, Northern Ireland, but around the World, so that they can go on to have illustrious careers in filmmaking.

Weโ€™ve been honoured to highlight the incredible talent in the short film world at our awards ceremony at The Screen on the Green in London, where we've had Academy Awards winners, BAFTA Award winners and Hollywood actors mixed with student filmmakers, all battling it out for the top awards.

We've had some incredible talent amongst our winners and nominees including; Andrew Scott, Larry Lamb, Gemma Arteton, David Bradley, Himesh Patel, Sharon Rooney, Jeremy Irvine, Joanna Scanlan, Chris Overton & Rachel Shenton, Ross White & Tom Berkeley, Jay Lycurgo and Hugh Skinner to mention just a few!

On our jury weโ€™ve had such talent as; Aimee Lou Wood, Elizabeth Lail, Samuel Adewunmi, Aisling Franciosi, Col Goudie, Tom Ryhs Harries and many more stars and top industry professionals.

It was an Academy Award winner and part-time โ€˜Doctorโ€™ Who received our icon award in 2021; none other than Peter Capaldi.

Our 2022 Sponsors included: Leica, British Cinematographer Magazine, Mermaid Gin and Final Draft.

To keep informed on our news and updates, follow us on instagram @britishshortfilmawards

As we move in to our third year weโ€™ve made a few changes and updates to our categories and awards:

- All winners will receive a gold statuette at the 2023 awards ceremony.
- Longlists will be announced a few weeks after submission close.
- Nominees will be selected from the longlists.
- For 2023 we have reduced the number of categories.

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ป๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†

By submitting your short film to one of the above principal categories your film will be automatically entered, if applicable, in to the below principal sub categories (excluding the Regional and Student categories).

๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฏ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป


We will also be continuing to celebrate filmmakers from the four corners of the United Kingdom; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with our Regional Categories.

Films submitted to the following โ€˜Regional Categories' will only be in contention for that category and they will not be in contention for any of the above 'Principal' or 'Principal Sub Category' awards.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—œ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ


The final submittable category is:

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ

If selected on this years longlist you will be asked to prove that the majority of your principal crew members (Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor etc) were full time students at the time of your films production.

Films submitted to 'Student Short Film' will only be in contention for that category and they will not be in contention for any of the above 'Principal' or 'Principal Sub Category' awards.


The following ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ are given out each year at the discretion of The British Short Film Awards:

๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ - for achievement in the short film industry.
๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ - for those who have made, or are making a positive difference, in the world of short films.
๐—๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ for Best Short Film (Chosen from that yearโ€™s winners of the Live Action, Animated, Documentary and Foreign Language short film categories)
๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ - for achievement in short filmmaking in a submitted film of that year
๐—™๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ - selected by the founding members of BSFA
๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ (voted by the public)


Please do not contact us via email, social media or any other means asking for a discount or fee waiver code. We do not give them out. We do however post discounts every now and again on our instagram page, so please keep an eye on that instead!

If you receive your submission confirmation email from FilmFreeway, then your submission has been received. There is no need to contact BSFA to follow up on it, or ask about its progress.

If you have selected 'student entry fees' and your film is selected, then you will be contacted to show proof that you and key members of the production (writer, director, producer), were current students when the film was produced. Failure to do so will result in disqualification and no refund will be given.

The British Short Film Awards is a global competition and ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น. We will only show clips and trailers, not the full short film, so this does not impact your valuable festival premier status.

There is no limit to the number of categories you can submit to.

Only one award is given out for free to the winner of each category and however multiple awards can be bought for other direct contributors to that category i.e. if there are multiple producers, composers, co writers etc

To be eligible, short films must be 25 minutes or under, excluding credits.

Submitters agree to have have short clips and frames of their films used on BSFA social media, website and other media.

Only films completed on, or after, January 1st 2021 are eligible for submission.

To qualify for the British, English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh Short Film categories respectively, the submitted film must have been largely produced in that country with a cast and crew predominantly from that country.

Although Northern Ireland is not geographically in Great Britain, citizens can hold a British passport if they choose, thus are included in the awards.

Submitters agree to join the BSFA newsletter from which they can unsubscribe from at any time.

No submitter information will be shared or sold to third parties, but may be shared with official brand sponsors and partners.

We promote inclusivity and encourage filmmakers to give the option of subtitles on their work.

All films not in the English language must have English subtitles.

Screenplay submissions must be 25 pages or under.

Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway only.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

All judging and jury decisions are final.

BSFA reserves the right to enter films into alternate or multiple categories at their discretion.

We do not accept extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organisations.

All rights, clearances and permissions must be obtained prior to submission and applicants must ensure that they have the right to submit the work with regard to third parties connected to the production of the film in question. By entering your work you agree to this and the responsibilities involved. The British Short Film Awards assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.

Please note that submission fees will not be refunded if your film does not meet these conditions and The British Short Film Awards reserve the right to disqualify any submissions that donโ€™t adhere to the above terms.

If an opportunity to screen a submitted short film arises, the BSFA will contact the submitter directly.

Thank you for your interest in The British Short Film Awards, we look forward to watching your films.

Overall Rating
  • Helรฉna Antonio

    A wonderful experience, from the fast and smooth communication to the Awards event, well curated in all the details.
    Minnie was the perfect host.
    The Film selection was incredibly high, all the Filmmakers were very prepared and I am truly grateful that our film โ€˜2020โ€™ was nominated โ€˜BEST FOREIGN FILMโ€™.
    I do recommend this Film Festival and I will definitely submit my next films.

    April 2023
  • Lukas Steinmaier

    Thanks a lot for nominating my short film "Sunday Roast" for Best Student Short to your 2022 festival! Although I could not attend in person the overall competition was great and well organised. Hope to be back again this year!

    February 2023
  • A wonderful competition! Thank you for selecting my film OLD HE as a finalist. By the way, I have bought the finalist medal but the shipping status is pending for a long time. Please check it. Thank you very much.

    January 2023
  • Great festival! Was brilliant to be a part of it this year.

    December 2022
  • Sam Baron

    We loved being part of the British Short Film Awards!

    December 2022