Welcome to The British Short Film Awards, a new and exciting competition celebrating short films from Great Britain and around the World.

Short films have been the launchpad for some of the industry's top names and our goal at The British Short Film Awards is to celebrate, nurture and encourage the next generation of filmmakers.

The British Short Film Awards has proudly partnered with the Hear Art Project. The Hear Art Project is a platform founded by Cindy Sasha and Academy Award® Winner Rachel Shenton; with a focus to merge the deaf and hearing community in the UK film industry. Hear Art commits to supporting deaf and hard of hearing filmmakers to develop their career and make the cross over into mainstream media. For more information go to www.hearart.co.uk

Due to the global pandemic the 2021 awards will be a non-public event at the stunning Rosewood London hotel.

Discount codes and Updates:

NEW - 'All Categories' - by entering this category you are submitting your film to all the categories that it qualifies for, principal and additional.

With thanks to private investment in the awards, we have been able to roll back our submission prices to that of the previous deadline.

Only £7 to enter Best Ensemble for limited time.

£10 to enter the Home Nations categories.

** All new submission DISCOUNT CODES will be announced on our instagram page @britishshortfilmawards **

The British Short Film Awards consist of principal categories and additional categories.

The winner of each principal category is awarded the Gold British Short Film Award for free.

THE BRITISH SHORT FILM AWARDS - PRINCIPAL CATEGORIES

Best Short Film
Best British Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Short
Best Foreign Language Short Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Screenplay (Short)
Best Score
Best Editing
Best Cinematography

In addition to the principal awards there will also be an Impact Award given to a person that the jury deem to have had a great influence in British short film.

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

Those that are nominated but don't win will be able to purchase a Nominees British Short Film Award directly from the BSFA website.

THE BRITISH SHORT FILM AWARDS - ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES

The winners of each additional category will be able to purchase their Gold British Short Film Award directly from the BSFA website.

Multiple gold awards may be bought for direct contributors to that award i.e. if there are multiple producers, co writers etc.

All those that are nominated will be able to to purchase a Nominee's British Short Film Award directly from the BSFA website.

Best British Director
Best English Short Film
Best Northern Irish Short Film
Best Scottish Short Film
Best Welsh Short Film
Best Long Short Film (25-40 mins)
Best Super Short Film (under 5 mins)
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Production Design
Best Comedy Short Film
Best Horror Short Film
Best Sci Fi Short Film
Best Drama Short Film
Best Music Video
Best Student Short Film
Best Hair and Make Up
Best Visual Effects
Best Costume Design
Best Acting Ensemble
Best Sound Design
Best Commercial Short Film
Best Short from the archives (finished before 2019)

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR BSFA 2021 SUBMISSIONS

The multiple entries discount code is only valid for use with multiple entries! Submissions will be disqualified if it used on a single submission entry.

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 have 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 will only show trailers and not the full short film, thus not impacting 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 winners of the PRINCIPAL categories, however multiple awards can be bought for other direct contributors to that category i.e. if there are multiple producers, co writers etc

Winners of the ADDITIONAL categories may buy a Gold British Short Film Award directly from the BSFA website. Multiple gold awards may be bought for direct contributors to that award i.e. if there are multiple producers, co writers etc

For those that sadly don't win their category, their achievement can still be celebrated with a nominee's 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 selected frames of their films used on BSFA social media.

Only films completed after January 2019 are eligible for submission. Although films completed before 2019 are eligible for the 'Short Film From The Vault' additional category.

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

Although Northern Ireland is not geographically in Great Britain, the 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.

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

Screenplay submissions must be 25 pages or under.

Submitters to ‘Best Student Film’ must be able to send proof of a valid student card to BSFA if their film is selected.

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 in to multiple categories at their discretion.

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

By submitting your project you agree to be added to our newsletter, which you can unsubscribe from at anytime.

By submitting you are allowing BSFA to use clips, your trailer, teaser clip, film poster and stills for promotional purposes only. BSFA will never post, distribute, release or show the film in its entirety.

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 don’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.