The Smalls Film Festival is an annual showcase of the very best short films from around the world. Returning to London this September, the festival features seven feature-length programmes spanning Animation, Change, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music Video and Student Film.

A destination for film makers and film lovers since 2006, the festival presents an incredible mix of hand-picked talent and global award winners, with diverse programmes that advocate the artistic pioneers, the socially progressive and the purely unmissable.

The Smalls Film Festival seeks to support and champion short film from across the globe. We're looking for inspiring, innovative filmmakers who share our passion for short film and video. Whether you're an established filmmaker or just starting out, The Smalls wants to hear from you!

You can find all information on submission deadlines and fees below.

Early Bird Deadline: 10th January - 21st February 2024 | Fee: £15
Regular Deadline: 22nd February - 8th May 2024 | Fee: £25
Late Deadline: 9th May - 5th June 2024 | Fee: £30

Student Category Submissions - £10.

The winner of each category will receive a cash prize.

1. Who can enter The Smalls Film Festival?

Anyone can submit their film. Any film submitted must be 25 minutes or under in length.

2. Are there any premiere restrictions for entry?

There are no premiere restrictions to submit your film to The Smalls Film Festival. Your film may have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) anywhere in the world.

3. Must I have all the rights and clearances for my film, as well as any material and music included in my film settled before I submit or can I do it afterward?

You need to have all rights and clearances BEFORE you submit your film.

4. Is there a tracking number, or how do I know if my submission has been completed and my film uploaded?

Once you have completed the submission form and made the payment, you will receive a payment confirmation email.

5. I submitted my film but haven't paid the submission fee. Will my film still be considered for the festival?

If you have submitted a film but have not paid the submission fee then your film will not be considered for the festival.

6. Are there any submission fee waivers or discounts?

Students submitting to the Student category may submit at the cost of £10.

7. Can I choose the award category that I want to submit my film to?

Yes. As you complete your submissions form, you will be asked to mark the category you wish to enter. You can only choose one category. Should we feel that your film is better suited for a different category, your film will be moved accordingly.