Discover.film 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.
Whilst we are the fastest growing film festival in the world (398 entries in our first edition, 752 in second, over 1,000 in third and 1,500+ in fourth), we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to all filmmakers who attend from the 40+ countries who enter the festival. This is reflected in our ranking in the top 100 film festivals on FilmFreeway (out of over 5,000 festivals) and reviews by filmmakers.
Spread over 5 days, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at cinemas across London including the art deco Phoenix Cinema, the oldest cinema in the UK (built in 1912) whose patrons include Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin and Mark Kermode.
As well as screenings, the festival includes discussions at universities, networking events, a filmmaker supper, breakfast events and a closing party and awards event held at Stephen's House and Gardens that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.
Sponsors of the awards include Apple, post production facilities, kit hire companies, aerial filming companies, Kobalt Music and First News Media.
Selected films get the option of UK cinema distribution.
Awards & Prizes
Best Low Budget
Best Music Video with a Story
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Shot on a Phone (including vertical filming)
Rules & Terms
Films must be 40 minutes or under to enter the competition.
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.