The unDependence Film Festival is coming back for the 4th time to unusual cinema spaces in Scotland.

In 2018 we invite filmmakers of short and feature films to share their work with the Scottish audience. We celebrate, promote, and keep alive the un-dependent spirit in the arts and film making by showing Scottish and international moving images that will cause (e)motions in the audience.

unDependence /ʌn’ dɪˈpɛnd(ə)ns/
1. a state of realization that things can be different; realization that change can, and does happen. Paying special regard to change that occurs within oneself and the constant fluctuations within modern society.
2. is being (pro)active and thinking for yourself.
3. asking “What does it mean to be an individual in a dynamic society?”

The unDependence Film Festival is an art festival as well as a social project. We invite local artists and organisation to collaborate in a versatile program of screenings and film-related workshops for everyone to celebrate and express freedom, choice and identity.

**** We are looking for films dealing with the question of dependencies on all levels in our lives. ***

With the beginning of 2017, the UK has entered its infamous countdown to the Brexit. Is this a change for good against all odds or a false promise of independence? 2018 is possibly the last year for Brits as European citizens and we will be addressing this period by welcoming British and Foreign short or long moving images on the matter in our special strand “(No) Strings Attached”.

As in previous years,we are also looking for shorts, minis (under 10 min) and feature drams, documentaries, comedies and animation (and if you find yourself in between or experimental, too).

The unDependence Film Festival will open in Edinburgh in April 2018, after which the programme will travel across to Stirling, expanding the reach of the festival and your film.

unDependence Film Festival is a project of Edinburgh based Pop Up! Scotland. Pop Up! is a Community Interest enterprise dedicated to organising exhibitions and art workshops. The company aims to bring art to everybody, in unexpected places, and outside traditional exhibition spaces.

£150 Rising Star Award
£350 Female Filmmaker of Excellence Award from Citizen Ticket and Anonymous Donors.

The films selected are mainly productions by not yet established, professional or unprofessional filmmakers from Scotland and all over the world. A small group of curators creates the program, and a jury of curators and guest jurors from the film industry will nominate the winner of the Rising Star Award and the Female Filmmaker of Excellence Award.

We appreciate critical thinking. We encourage critical thought.

1. We accept feature films and short films.
2. films can be submitted under the categories “feature”, “short” ( under 20 min) and “mini” (under 10 min)
3. ALL films MUST be submitted with a clear statement WHY they fit the festival's theme. Films submitted with an incomplete description/form will be disqualified.
4. Films should be either in English language or MUST have English subtitles.
5. Filmmakers that have been selected will be notified in mid-January 2017 and may be asked to provide a short text about themselves and their film.
6. Filmmakers are invited to attend the festival in 2016 and will be asked to be available for a Q&A. DEPENDING on the budget and funding, the festival might be able to help with travelling and/or accommodation costs.
7. The festival team will reject films that violate the dignity of humans and/or are not in accordance with the festival's values.

We will NOT accept films that violate a person's dignity or are promoting hatred, violence and/or are disrespectful towards religious, ethnic or political groups.

Overall Rating
  • Leo Bruges

    Very nice staff. Good communication. Super interesting programme. Excellent concept. Very much recommend this festival a festival that wants to change to world through cinema small and large, thank you for having us.

    May 2018
  • Enrique Buleo

    I recommend this festival. The festival staff was very kind and helpful. I couldn't attend the festival but the communication between us was excellent.

    October 2017
  • Prakash Nathan

    I was very flattered to have my short get an official selection at UnDependence, especially when I saw the quality of the films that also made the cut. The festival itself was a well curated and enjoyable evening; one that I'd definitely recommend for any budding filmmaker or simply anyone with an interest in film.

    August 2017
  • Irina Karelina

    The attending of the unDependence Film Festival in Edinburgh was one the most precious I made so far.
    The communucation in advance was always easy and friendly and helpful. The great team supported me as much as they could and while my stay I felt like home.

    The festival itself ist still small and underground what is very charming and the choice of films is excellent! Such an honour to have seen my film at your festival! Thank you so much once again for everything and I really hope to see everyone of you as soon as possible.

    May 2017
  • Absolutely Brilliant! Keep up same spirit next year too. Much love from Nepal.

    June 2016