The Scottish Short Film Festival (formerly the Raptor Filmz Short Scottish Film Festival) is to promote and encourage film making in and about Scotland, give credit where it's due and to encourage young and upcoming talent in the field. Each entry must be 20 minutes or less and have some relation to Scotland - be it Scottish actors, Scottish story, Scottish director, Scottish music etc.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Awards & Prizes

Judge's 1st prize
Judge's 2nd prize
Audience prize
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Script
Best Sound/Music
Best Costume
Best Editor
Most Original/Creative

AND should the correct stars come into alignment ... The Golden Raptor Award for Spirit of Filmmaking

Rules & Terms

Terms and Conditions

Normal closing date: 11:59pm on 31st December 2017.
Priority will be given to premieres.
All the awards, except Audience Prizes will be decided in advance by the judges, whose decisions are final.
Audience members vote for the audience prize. You can't vote for yourself.
Maximum length of film : 20 minutes, including titles and credits, but we may be flexible on this.
The film must have been completed within 2017, so if it was started in November 2016 and finished in January 2017, this is acceptable. If any evidence is found to suggest that your film was not completed when you've stated it is, it may be disqualified and you'll lose your entry fee.

Send us your films by file transfer, Adrive, Drop Box, yousendit or similar to, or as a recognised video format such as .mov, mp4, AVI file, DVD by post to Raptor Filmz 2018 Scottish Short Film Fest, Office 10, Fleming House, 5 Fleming Road, Kirkton Campus, Livingston, Scotland EH54 7BN. USB flash drives sent by post will be returned but DVDs will not.

It's a Scottish Short Film Competition, so the film must have some relation to Scotland.
You can enter as many films as you like.

Please send your entry fee by paypal to with the title of your film as a reference. If you don't send your entry fee by December 31st, your film will not be shown to the shortlist judges, or watched by myself, even if it's the best film ever.
The judging panel and the audience's decision is final. If there's a tie for the audience prize, there will be a quickfire question round on the subject of film.

Early Bird Entry Fees (Received by 31/10/2017):
1-7 minute films: $17
7-15 minute films: $22.50
15-20 minute films: $30
20-26 minute films :$37.50

End Of Year Entry Fees (Received by 31/12/2017):
1-7 minute films: $22.50
7-15 minute films: $25
15-20 minute films: $35
20-26 minute films: $40

Unfortunately this cannot be refunded if your film is not chosen to be shown on the night, but we will offer some feedback and a free ticket to the event.
By submitting your film you assert that you as the film-maker own all rights and permissions to use the music and video footage of places, buildings and persons in your film. If you have any questions feel free to contact us via Facebook, email or call Chris Young on 0789 9718 775. Raptor Filmz Ltd. is a registered company in Scotland with no. SC425913

2 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Douglas Fender

    Overall a fantastic little festival for the Scottish people.

    An actual cinema - Check
    A red carpet - Check
    An audience - Check
    Awards - Check

    I was lucky enough to win an award, though was stuttering around the place. Some sound issues initially, but was ironed out quick enough. Would highly recommend as most festivals are not real festivals anymore, just online showcases.

    Only advice I would give. When you give out awards, wait until the end of the night. The afternoon session had a few winners but they were handed out then and there. Some filmmakers arrived in the evening unaware that the awards and Golden Raptor that they were nominated/in the run for were already handed out earlier in the day.

    Only other thing (If Chris can respond to this, that would be great) is that the advertised Garry Fraser didn't seem to be there and wasn't mentioned on the night.

    That is just a nitpick though, overall it is a very good festival that gives you the chance to network and watch some high quality work. I will apply next year if I have anything. Fair to call this the 'Scottish Oscars' ;)

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Douglas! All fair points. I've reached out to Garry to find out what happened to him but haven't heard anything back yet. It's a shame he wasn't able to make it as I'm sure a lot of people were looking forward to hearing what he had to say. Anyway, apologies about that.

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    Sami Khadraoui

    Scottish people were so nice and welcoming and the evening session showed professional films that are touching, intriguing and challenging! Raptor Filmz is a nice small festival that is just waiting to expend! Thank you for this beautiful experience.

    February 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Sami! Glad to have you here :)