is changing the world of entertainment by taking the exciting genre of short film mainstream. We are looking for the very best short films that are entertaining and tell a story. The sort of short films that people want to watch. That make them laugh. Or cry. That shock and surprise.

We are the fastest growing short film festival in the world (around 2,000 submissions per festival) and in conjunction with Craghoppers, the outdoor adventure clothing brand, offer one of the largest short film cash prize funds available at festivals (totalling $50,000).

Spread over 4 days in April, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at cinemas across London including the Prince Charles cinema, located just off Leicester Square in the West End of London. Quentin Tarantino describes it as his favourite cinema in London saying it is "everything an independent movie theatre should be”.

As well as screenings, the festival includes discussions at universities, networking events, a filmmaker supper, an opening party, a closing party and awards event that brings together investors, distributors, journalists, film producers and media professionals.

A major supporting partner of the festival is Craghoppers, which awards The Craghoppers Film Prize as part of The Discover Film Awards, This celebrates the very best talent of student and established short filmmakers. It includes one student cash prize of £2,000 at each Discover Film Awards in April and October 2018. The ultimate Craghoppers Film Prize will be up for grabs at the October Discover Film Awards and entries will be shortlisted from all entries from the April and October festivals, no matter what genre or who has entered. The first prize is £20,000 in cash and the second prize is £10,000 in cash. In addition, as a percentage of entry fees is being used for the creation of a student bursary fund, the prize will encourage the next generation of filmmakers to create thrilling new content for the emerging digital platforms – from Netflix to Amazon, music videos to new forms of corporate branded content.

Unlike a lot of festivals, we make no apologies for having a commercial edge. Our head of programming & chair of judges (Jaine Green) has produced and directed over 50 commercially successful films and documentaries and most recently has overseen a series of global advertising campaigns. Our judging panel consists of senior professionals from the TV and film world.

Selected films get the option of various distribution options. Distribution is optional and entirely up to the film makers.

As well as cash prizes, winners can get help with future film projects in the form of discounted rates from our partner firms (such as production houses) and mentoring from senior commercial film and business executives. We can also introduce filmmakers to funding sources for future projects and offer publicity across a wide range of media (print and social).

Audience Award
Jury Award
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Screenplay
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Cross-Over
Best Cinematography
Best Debut
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Experimental
Best Horror
Best Low Budget
Best Music Video with a Story
Best Non-Narrative
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Sci-Fi
Best Shot on a Phone (including vertical filming)
Best Student

Films must be 40 minutes or under to enter the competition. There is not lower limit on run time.

Films will be shown to our community of film professionals (this is a limited community so not made publicly available) and our panel of judges.

All films will be screened via DCP files. If filmmakers selected for the festival do not have a DCP, we we will produce one for them free of charge (one of the filmmaker perks that we offer). We will also require .mov, mp4, or equivalent as a backup.

All films entered into the April and October festivals qualify for consideration for The Craghoppers film prize which is awarded at the October event. The first prize is £20,000 and the second is £10,000. These prizes are cash payments.

Overall Rating
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    Jane Marlow

    We had a fantastic experience at the Discover Film Awards. The organisers gave us such a warm, supportive welcome and encouraged filmmakers to connect at the after-screening events. Seeing our work at the Phoenix Cinema as part of a collection of handpicked shorts was a great buzz and the screenings were well attended. We were thrilled to receive the award for Best British Drama and also Best Actor for Jane Marlow's performance.

    October 2017
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    Colin Gerrard

    I entered this festival with my latest project 'ELI' after being selected and winning at their first film festival. What a difference two years makes, the festival has grown bigger and better in such a short period of time. A great weekend topped off with 'ELI' winning the Audience Award.

    October 2017
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    charlie Goodall

    Was a brilliant festival, everyone involved was very nice an welcoming, and everyone seemed to really care about your film and that you were happy with the screening. Also a Lovely venue to watch your films in, a beautiful cinema with great sound. Will definitely submit again.

    October 2017
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    Phil Stubbs

    A great film festival that promotes the art of short films very well.

    August 2017
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    Philip Staal

    It was a pleasure to have my film screen at the Discover Film Festival. Everyone involved were a pleasure to talk to, and quick to reply to any questions. The event itself played out smoothly, and a great way to discover some excellent shorts.

    May 2017