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 The Discover Film Awards 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.
All films entering The Discover Film Awards qualify for consideration for cash prizes from Craghoppers, the global travel clothing brand, who are a major supporting partner of the festival. The Craghoppers Film Prize includes one student cash prize of £2,000 at each Discover Film Awards in April and October 2018. The ultimate Craghoppers Film Prize 2018 will be up for grabs at the October Discover Film Awards in London and entries will be shortlisted for this coveted award from all entries from our April and October festivals, no matter what genre or who has entered. The first prize is GBP 20,000 (USD 28,000) in cash and the second prize is GBP 10,000 (USD 14,000) in cash.
Spread over 4 days, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at cinema in 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 that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.
Festival partners include IPCN media, the Anglo-Chinese TV distributor, Apple, Amazon, post production facilities, kit hire companies, aerial filming companies, Kobalt Music, Craghoppers and Strike Media.
Selected films get the option of UK cinema and transport distribution. Distribution is entirely optional it's up to the filmmaker on whether they want to do this.
Best Low Budget
Best Music Video with a Story
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Shot on a Phone (including vertical filming)
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.