TWEETFEST is open. This is our 9th year running. And we have CASH PRIZE MONEY, accolades, prizes, and packages to support the further development of our filmmakers, along with our VIP jury judging, and trophies!
Our festival started in 2015 as part of the UK Actors Tweetup which has been running since 2010. This is the UK branch of a cross-Atlantic branch of Tweetups in LA, NY, and London.
VIP jury judging the finalists range from casting directors and production companies to agents, BBC writers, sales distribution and more. We pride ourselves on getting our short films in front of some of the industry's best. And we always have live screenings of the festivals In Competition and in Official Selection and a gala awards night in a central London venue. We are an approved Film Festival on IMDb.
Our previous VIP judges list is extensive and includes but is not limited to Hat Trick Comedy Development Team, Casting Director Shakyra Dowling, Casting Director Ben Cogan, Casting Director Gemma Sykes, award-winning director Deborah Haywood (PIN CUSHION in Venice Film Festival 2017), Fizz and Ginger Films, award-winning director Jesse Quinones, and award-winning producer Rajita Shah, as well as the Blaine Brothers (Nina Forever), Manuel Puro at Puro Casting (Moon, The Machine), Simon Blake (Still), Jessie Mangum from Goalpost Films (The Sapphires, The Trip, The Escapist) and BAFTA nominated producer Alex Moody (Alan Carr, Argumental, BAFTA nominated Funny Valentines). More here: https://uktweetfest.com/our-2022-jury/
The film festival is open to all genres of film, including animation and documentary.
You can also submit an International film in the International Film category.
Best Short Film (UK only, and includes student shorts)
Best International Short Film
UK ACTORS TWEETUP & TWEETFEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2022
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 2023
Our Tweetfest Film Festival is back again this year. We are an approved Film Festival on IMDb.
The 2023 VIP judging panel for this year will be announced later in 2023. More information on the VIP jury can be found on the official website, and this gives an indication of the level of jury we have had up to this point.
Previous VIP judges include Hat Trick Comedy Development Team, Casting Director Shakyra Dowling, Casting Director Ben Cogan, award-winning director Deborah Haywood (PIN CUSHION in Venice Film Festival 2017), award-winning director Jesse Quinones, and award-winning producer Rajita Shah. Full details on our panel can be found on our website: www.uktweetfest.com. Other VIP judges have included Blaine Brothers (Nina Forever), Manuel Puro at Puro Casting (Moon, The Machine), Simon Blake (Still), Jessie Mangum from Goalpost Films (The Sapphires, The Trip, The Escapist) and BAFTA nominated producer Alex Moody (Alan Carr, Argumental, BAFTA nominated Funny Valentines).
The UK Actors Tweetup will consider entries in the following categories for inclusion in the festival: Animation, documentary, sci-fi, action, fantasy, drama, comedy, horror or thriller. You can also submit an International film in the International Film category. But this film can not also be submitted to the UK entries.
UK ACTORS TWEETUP & TWEETFEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2023
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 2023
Our deadlines are as per the FilmFreeway website.
The duration of your film must not exceed 16 minutes 0 seconds including titles and credits.
Any film that is a brand film or advertisement cannot be accepted. This is at the UK Actors Tweetup’s discretion as to what is deemed as advertising.
Only films completed since September 30th 2021 may be submitted.
If the original language is not English, please ensure that the film includes English subtitles. If a foreign language film is submitted without English subtitles it will not be considered for selection.
If your film is shortlisted, you will be asked to send an exhibition copy of the film in high/full resolution and if it is In Competition, we will also require a DCP. Specific details of the format we’ll need for screening and where to send it will be discussed with the team of the successful films nearer the event date (in accordance with the Screening and Selection criteria below). The shortlisted team who submitted their short film will be responsible for making sure the exhibition file and DCP is sent to the TweetFest team within the specified timeline for it to be judged and screened at the live event.
Please note that only the director(s) will be credited on the website and any other promotional material. In the case of shortlisted and/or winning co-directors, multiple prizes may be granted at the discretion of the organisers.
To keep informed on the details of the film festival, you can subscribe to the mailing list here: https://facebook.us2.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=430802a1b69652f4e94eaa8b1&id=bab9042e35
PLEASE NOTE: You agree by entering the festival, that the UK Actors Tweetup and TweetFest Film Festival may collect, use and disclose your personal data which you have provided in your booking, for providing marketing material that you have agreed to receive, in accordance with our privacy policies, which can be found here: https://uktweetfest.com/terms-and-conditions/
The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.
As per the entry form, the person submitting the film must be involved as cast, crew or something else on the official credits in order for the short film to be eligible for this competition.
You must have a version of the short available to download in a high-resolution version if you are successful and chosen to be screened at the Film Festival. Information will be provided and sent to you prior to this date.
The TweetFest Film Festival team’s decision is non-negotiable and final.
The TweetFest Film Festival team reserve the right to change the date of the screening of TweetFest at their discretion.
SCREENING AND SELECTION:
A downloadable file delivery is the requirement. Preference is high resolution Prores Quicktime. Tapes, DVD and Bluray are not acceptable forms of submission if your film is selected as a finalist. Films that are low res files or tape masters will not be considered either. If you are unable to meet these requirements your film will no longer be selected as a finalist.
Your entry into the Tweetup festival gives us permission to use up to 30 seconds of your film to promote the festival this year, with an option to also include in next year’s festival (in a trailer, clip of the film on programme of festival website) and use ongoing on YouTube and the website.
You must have at least one hi res defining image or you give us permission to lift one from the hi def master at the Tweetup festival’s discretion if one is not provided, again for promotional and programme use by the festival.
A picture and short biog of the director will also assist us in promoting your short film, along with the festival, and to encourage networking. If you are unable to provide these the Tweetup festival will use information available online to include on the website, for festival programming and promotional purposes.
Terms and Conditions are copyright 2023 to UK Actors Tweetup and TweetFest Film Festival. All details of the film festival are available on the website: www.uktweetfest.com