Welcome to The 2022 British Short Film Awards ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐ŸŽฌ

Short films have long served as a platform for some of the industry's biggest names, The British Short Film Awards purpose is to recognise, inspire and support the next generation of filmmakers and actors from Great Britain, Northern Ireland and around the World.

We were honoured to highlight the incredible talent in the short film world at our covid-friendly 2021 awards ceremony where we had ๐—”๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐—•๐—”๐—™๐—ง๐—” ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐˜†๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ mixed in with first time filmmakers, battling it out for the awards (with the first time filmmaker often coming out on top!!)

We had some incredible talent amongst the nominees in 2021 including; ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜, ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜†, ๐—›๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—น, ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜†, ๐—๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—œ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ, ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ข๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—Ÿ๐˜†๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—›๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ to mention just a few!

Our 2021 jury consisted of; ๐—”๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ, ๐—˜๐—น๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น, ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜‚๐—ป๐—บ๐—ถ, ๐—”๐—ถ๐˜€๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ถ, ๐—–๐—ผ๐—น ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ, ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฅ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€, and many more stars and top industry professionals.

The recipient of the 2021 Icon Award was Academy Award winner ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ถ and our Impact Award winner was Raindance Film Festival founder ๐—˜๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ, both giving wonderful acceptance speeches at the ceremony.

Our ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ opens for applications on on January 1st, on our website for grants of up to ยฃ5,000.

We are hoping to hold a gala awards ceremony in December 2022, but are keeping an eye on changes and restrictions before committing to it just yet.

To keep up to date follow us on instagram @britishshortfilmawards

All winners of the ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ and the ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ-๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ receive a gold award for free.

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—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ

By submitting your project to an above ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† you will also be automatically competing for awards in the following ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฏ-๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ (if eligible):

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

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
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—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต 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—จ๐—ฝ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—˜๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€
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

Films submitted to Principal Categories are not entered into the ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€. However, these can be entered separately.

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† is a stand-alone principal award category for either produced or unproduced screenplays.

Films submitted to the following ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ will only be in contention for the category award to which the film is submitted, they will not be in contention for the above 'Principal' awards, but they can be entered separately.

(๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ: Additional category winners receive an official winners certificate for free and have the option of purchasing a winners award if they choose to).

๐—”๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€:

๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—˜๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ
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
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฐ-๐—™๐—ถ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ/๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ (under 5mins)
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ (between 25mins and 45mins)
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜/๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ
๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—น๐—บ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—”๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€

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. The recipients receive a gold award for free:
๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
๐—๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
๐—”๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
๐—™๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ
๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ (voted by the public in November)

At The British Short Film Awards we believe achievements should be commemorated, that's why we also offer a ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐˜€ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ and a ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐—”๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐˜€ for purchase just in case you don't win the Gold Award but still want to celebrate.

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE BRITISH SHORT FILM AWARDS (BSFA) 2022 SUBMISSIONS

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 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. No response will be given.

If you have selected 'student entry fees', you will be contacted to show proof that you, or a key member of the production (writer, director, producer), are current students in the year of that awards. 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 not to 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 Principal category and the Principal sub-categories, however multiple awards can be bought for other direct contributors to that category i.e. if there are multiple producers, composers, co writers etc

Additional Category winners receive a winners certificate and then have the option to purchase a gold winners award if they choose to.

For those that sadly don't win their category, their achievement can still be celebrated with a nominee or finalists award which can be ordered directly from the BSFA website.

To be eligible, short films must be 25 minutes and under.

'Long short' films are classed as being between 25 and 40 minutes, including credits.

Submitters agree to have have frames of their films used on BSFA social media.

Only films completed after January 2020 are eligible for submission.

Films completed before 2020 are eligible for the 'Short Film From The Archives' category.

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 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 will always 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.

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  • Emily Jo McDonald

    Great festival - enjoyed watching it and the team were very nice and helpful. Submit your film next year!!

    January 2022
  • Ashley Horne

    Down to the very last detail, The British Short Film Awards have created something truly quite special here.

    I am excited to see what the future holds for the BSFA. Highly recommend!

    January 2022
  • Rhys Lewis

    I was really pleased to have my film Bottlejob nominated for Best Super Short Film and Best Comedy Film. The BSFA helped my film to get seen by a wider audience and I am very appreciative of this. Can't wait to submit again!

    January 2022
  • Such a honour to be a finalist in the Best Scottish Short Film category with our short Worlds Apart. The quality throughout the awards was unreal, as was the marketing and effort in broadcasting each film. Highly recommend.

    January 2022
  • This was my first experience of entering a home-grown short film onto the festival/awards circuit, and the team at the British Short Film Awards were fantastic. Their communication was outstanding, the awards event was great fun to experience (albeit virtually due to the dastardly Covid-19), and it was exciting to see the quality and standing, in the industry, of the judges. My music for our film 'Brazen Souls' was nominated in the Best Score category, and it was an honour to be included alongside such a high calibre list of entries. I would definitely recommend these awards to other short film makers. Thank you, BSFA 2021.

    December 2021