Breakout Film Festival is an international short film festival with an annual event held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Submissions are open each month, January to December, for our monthly short film contest. Notification of selection will be sent on the 15th of the following month.

In January 2021, the winning short film of each monthly contest will be screened at our live event with an overall winner chosen by our esteemed jury.

The inaugural 2019 film festival was held on the 15th June 2019 in the world's art & culture capital, Edinburgh. ‘Answer’ directed by Adam Palmer was our inaugural winner of Best Short Film.

The inaugural 2018 winner of Best Short Screenplay was awarded to Mark Oxtoby for his short script 'My Week with Maisy'.

Breakout Film Festival 2020 will now take place in early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. This event will run alongside the 2021 festival which is currently open for monthly submissions.

Monthly winners will be awarded our official selection laurel.

Winners of Best Short Film 2020 and Best Short Film 2021 will be awarded $500 USD, official selection laurel and our coveted trophy.

Please read our terms of entry before submitting your short film/short screenplay for competition

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Films must be between 1-40 minutes in lengh (including credits).

All narrative genres accepted. Music videos and documentaries are not valid for this contest.

Filmmakers must have copyright over all footage and soundtrack.

Films must be of high-quality.

Filmmakers must submit promotional stills for marketing purposes.

Open to all nationalities and ages.

Open to first-time to semi-professional filmmakers.

We accept films already submitted to and/or selected to other film festival.

We don't discriminate against any films that have been published online via a video hosting website.

All films must be produced after January 1, 2015.

We do not accept free submission/entry waiver.

Breakout Film Festival is unable to give feedback on individual short films upon result notification.

Films in a foreign language (other than English) must include subtitles.

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  • Adam Palmer

    Since day one of submitting, Breakout Shorts have been a clear forerunner for one of the best festivals I've ever been a part of. Their communication, support, and enthusiasm for independent film/filmmakers are second to none, and you'd think they'd have been running the festival for years! If you have a film on a festival run, then Breakout Shorts should DEFINITELY be on your list of go-to's! I know I'll be submitting for years to come!

    June 2019