Watford Short Film festival returns for Hertfordshire's Year of Culture in 2020 to showcase some of the best local, national and international filmmaking talent. Open to an audience of avid film fans and film-makers alike, Watford Short Film Festival celebrates the best drama, factual and animated content. Local filmmakers will receive an exclusive category to showcase their work. Audience members at the festival will be able to vote for an 'Audience Award' in every category across both days of the event.
**An award will be presented to the best film in each category as voted by our panel of judges**
Best Drama (College / University)
Best Documentary (College / University)
Best Animation (College / University)
**Members of the audience will also be able to vote for the audience award in each category**
A) All films must be under 15 (fifteen) minutes in length.
B) Films must fall within the categories of ‘Drama’, ‘`Documentary’ or ‘Animation’.
C) It is the responsibility of the film producer to ensure that their film does not infringe any rights or copyright of third parties. This includes, but is not limited to, music, archive footage, images and literary material.
D) By submitting a film to Watford Short Film Festival, the film producer grants the festival the rights to exhibit the film, reproduce stills and exhibit short excerpts of the film for promotional purposes.
E) Only online entries will be accepted, submissions via post or any other platform will not be considered.
F) Entries must be received before the final deadline, any submissions after this time will not be considered.
G) Films which make ‘Official Selection’ for the festival must be able to provide a digital copy for exhibition.
H) Due to the size of our voluntary staff, we are unable to provide detailed critique of films which are not selected for exhibition.
I) Submissions in any language other than English must be submitted with English subtitles.
J) WSFF does not pay screening fees, by entering a submission via filmfreeway.com you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work.
K) By submitting to WSFF, you agree to all the rules, terms and conditions, you acknowledge that no fee refunds will be issued upon submission to the festival.
L) You will not receive any compensation for for the use of your film by WSFF in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.
M) All films will be assessed in compliance with guidelines from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
N) All filmmakers under the age of 18 must seek permission from a Parent, Guardian or Teacher before submitting to WSFF.
O) Films entered into the 'Watford Award' category may require additional verification before being accepted onto the shortlist. Qualifying entries must be made in Watford, Hertfordshire or be made elsewhere by a Watfordian filmmaker in a HOD Role (Writer, Director, Producer, DOP, Sound Recordist, Editor)