Watford Short Film festival returns for its second year in 2019 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. Due to popular demand, the event will take place during an entire weekend this year (27-28th July) with local filmmakers receiving an exclusive category to showcase their work. Audience members at the festival will be able to vote for an 'Audience Award' in every category.

**An award will be presented to the best film in each category as voted by our panel of judges**

Watford Award

Best Drama
Best Documentary
Best Animation

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)

Overall Rating
  • Jason Seelmann

    Thank you so very much for the selection! Wish I could have been there...

    August 2018
  • David Mahler

    I was not able to attend the festival but the organisers were very communicative and generous. I thought I would be able to make it in the end, after already turning down the VIP invitation, and with a few days before the festival they were more than happy to help organise my pass. I hope to work with WSFF again!

    August 2018
  • Vicky Hart

    Great first annual festival though could have been publicised better to receive more support locally. Very pleased to be the Audience Award winner

    August 2018
  • Dom Lee

    I couldn't make it to the screenings unfortunately but it seemed like a very well put together little festival!

    August 2018
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    I’m very proud of to be two awards winner at this perfect festival. Amazing team and excellent communication. Congratulations.

    August 2018