The 7th edition of the Winchester Short Film Festival is now open for submissions!

If you are considering entering your film for competition this year, please be sure to read the terms & conditions of the festival, and read all about which categories you can enter your film into below.

The 2018 Winchester Short Film Festival will be the 7th edition, and is open to both British and foreign filmmakers. The festival boasts even more screenings than ever before, giving you the chance to have the general public, peers, and industry professionals view your film in the historic cultural city of Winchester, England. Alongside film screenings, we also offer top prizes of £1,000 to Best British Short Film, £500 to Best Foreign Short Film, £500 to Best Short Documentary, as well as industry mentoring and experience prizes, media coverage and more for the Best Animated Short Film, Best British New Director and Best Foreign New Director awards.

If you are a talented short film maker, whether you’re part of an experienced team working on a larger production, working to a reduced budget, or are starting out in your career, then our esteemed judges are on the lookout for you!

We are proud of our Hampshire roots, and we have a special prize that is awarded to Hampshire based directors. The Hampshire Prize winner is taken from applicants for the prize categories, and cannot be entered into exclusively.

Awards & Prizes

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
This category is open to British filmmakers only, and films must be under 30 minutes.
PRIZE: £1,000

BEST FOREIGN SHORT FILM
This category is open to non-British filmmakers only, and films must be under 30 minutes.
PRIZE: £500

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
This category is open to both British and non-British filmmakers, and films must be under 30 minutes.
PRIZE £500

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
This category is open to both British and non-British filmmakers, and films must be under 15 minutes.

BEST BRITISH NEW DIRECTOR
This category is open to British filmmakers only who are aged under 25 yrs, films must be under 15 minutes in length, and the production budget cannot exceed £1000.

BEST FOREIGN NEW DIRECTOR
This category is open to British filmmakers only who are aged under 25 yrs, films must be under 15 minutes in length, and the production budget cannot exceed £1000.

THE HAMPSHIRE PRIZE
All eligible films, whose director complies with the terms & conditions of being based in Hampshire, will also be automatically entered to compete for The Hampshire Prize when entering their film into one of the above categories.

Rules & Terms

Submission deadline: 15th September 2018
Early Bird: 30th June 2018
Late Submission Deadline: 25th September 2018
By submitting your film into the 2018 WSFF Short Film Competition, via any online or offline platform, you are agreeing to the following Terms & Conditions.

1. Categories & Submission Criteria

a) The competition comprises of the following award categories: Best British Short Film; Best Foreign Short Film; Best Animated Short Film; Best Short Documentary: Best British New Director Award; Best Foreign New Director Award. Eligible directors who enter into any of the previously mentioned categories will automatically be considered for The Hampshire Prize award.

b) WSFF will enter each film to competition under the category that it feels best reflects the work, and for which it is eligible based on the criteria set out in these Terms & Conditions. If you have a preference, then you are able to state so on the entry form and this will be taken into consideration, but the final decision remains with the Festival.

c) WSFF welcomes all genres of films for competition, whether they are fine art, comedy, animation, horror, non-fiction, drama, science-fiction, or any other genre. For each award category, there are specific eligibility criteria which need to be met, as well as adhering to the general Terms & Conditions laid out in this document.

d) To be eligible for Best British Short Film; Best Foreign Short Film; or Best Short Documentary, films must be no longer than 30 minutes in length, including credits. To be eligible for Best Animated Short Film, films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length, including credits. To be eligible for Best British New Director Award and Best Foreign New Director Award, films must be no longer than 15 minutes in length, including credits.

e) ‘British filmmakers’ are classified as directors who hold a current British passport, or the production company holding the rights to the film must be registered in the UK. ‘Non-British filmmakers’ are classified as directors who do not hold a current British passport, or a production company that is based outside of the UK.

Any queries relating to the place of origin should be directed to myfilm@winchestershortfilmfestival.com prior to entering the competition.

f) Films of any budget are welcome to enter the competition, with no restrictions on any categories except the Best British New Director Award and the Best Foreign New Director Award. To be eligible for the Best New Director Award, the film must have a production budget of no more than £1000 (or equivalent).

g) Films that are promoting a product or service are not eligible for any category.

h) Only films with a director that has lived, worked or studied in Hampshire for a period of 6 consecutive months or more since January 2015 are eligible for The Hampshire Prize.

i) Films in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.

2. Submission Limits & Fees

a) Filmmakers may submit a maximum of 3 films, and will be charged per film.

b) Filmmakers may submit each film in as many categories as they choose, and will be charged per film per category.

c) WSFF does not have the capability to offer refunds to filmmakers whose films are not accepted to competition, for any reason whatsoever.

3. The deadline for submitting entries is Friday 15th September 2018. Entries submitted prior to Friday 30th June 2018 are eligible for the reduced ‘earlybird’ entry fee. There is a late submission deadline of Monday 25th September 2018, which will incur an additional fee. Any entries submitted after this time may still be charged but will not be eligible for competition.

4. Filmmakers entering a film into the competition must have a legal right on behalf of that film to do so.

5. Any third party elements used within the production, such as music, sound, graphics or still images, must be original or copyright free, or where copyrighted, filmmakers must have obtained necessary permission for the inclusion of this content and be able to provide proof if required.

6. Films that have been entered into the WSFF previously are not eligible for the 2018 competition.

7. Production on the film must have completed after 1st November 2016.

8. Films are welcome regardless of their premiere status, and the premiere status of the film will not affect the decision making process in competition.

9. WSFF reserves the right to exclude from competition any films or material that it deems offensive or defamatory. No discussion will be entered into and the festival’s decision is final.

10. Films may be submitted by post, but we strongly encourage you to enter using the online platforms. To submit your film by post, please contact us in the first instance on myfilm@winchestershortfilmfestival.com, and we will send full instructions on how to apply. All postal entries must contain a completed application form, a copy of your film on a USB drive or CD/DVD (ideally the film will be of 2k quality), plus any still images and poster for the film. We are unable to return any hard copies of the film sent by post. If you are posting from overseas, then please ensure that all postage and customs charges are paid, as WSFF will not cover any unpaid fees or be held accountable for any submissions not received due to postage and/or customs fees being due.

11. WSFF reserves the right to use any images and film clips submitted for competition for marketing purposes, both in print and online, without prior permission from the filmmaker. Material may be adapted or edited as WSFF sees fit for the purposes of promoting the festival. WSFF will not make films available to the public (except for screenings which form part of the festival and clips for promotion) without prior permission from the filmmaker.

12. Films should be made unavailable online during the week of the festival. Please set a password for your film so that they have a limited audience. The festival runs from 3rd – 10th November 2018.

13. Images
a) Production stills must be in JPEG, GIF or PNG format, and must be high resolution suitable for press.

b) Film posters can be portrait or landscape, but must be A4 or multiple thereof. The file must be in JPEG, GIF or PNG format, and must be high resolution suitable for press.

14. Film that are chosen for screenings will be screened digitally. We will contact you regarding this if your film is chosen for screening, and expect a suitably formatted film to be made available to WSFF in time for screening.

15. The decision of WSFF is final and no conversation will be entered in to regarding placement of films in the competition.

16. There will be two lists for competition: the Long List and the Short List (Official Selection 2018). The Long List is the initial selection of films that have impressed the judges. The Short List is taken from the Long List and names the films chosen as the Official Selection for competition 2018. These will be announced in October and November 2018, and filmmakers will be contacted individually by email to confirm whether or not they have been selected for either list.

17. Ensure that the email address provided on the application form is current and that myfilm@winchestershortfilmfestival.com is added to your safe senders list / address book, as notifications and other communications regarding your entry will be primarily communicated via email. The festival will not be held accountable for any communications not received.

18. Information provided in the application form will be used solely by the Winchester Short Film Festival and will not be passed on to any third parties.

19. Prizes are subject to change without notice.

20. These Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.

13 Reviews

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    Geraint Reynolds

    This was a really terrific festival! The networking party before the awards ceremony is a great idea. Very friendly and approachable people. Such a fun evening! Thank you all!

    November 2017
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    John Quarrell

    A fantastic festival that really works for film makers, with clear and open communications. The festival is well promoted, well attended and offers selected film makers the chance to celebrate and network with a glitzy black tie gala event at the end of the festival.

    The festival is hosted across various venues around the historic and vibrant city of Winchester, which is well worth spending some time to explore.

    November 2017
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    Ruth Pickett

    Winchester was a great festival with a really enjoyable final awards party, there was a really big crowd of filmmakers in attendance which was great.

    January 2017
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    Joshua Paice

    My first film festival, a great experience.

    November 2016
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    Gary Roberts

    Thanks for having us, the award ceremony was a nice evening to mingle with the other filmmakers.

    November 2016