The Discover Film Awards is one of the biggest short film festivals in the world with over 4,000 annual submissions from 70+ countries, global premiers in London's Leicester square with packed cinema audiences, filmmaker parties, red carpet events, script-pitching round tables with funding available for new projects and an annual cash prize fund of over USD 50,000, including the prestigious Craghoppers Film Prize.
Spread over 4 days in April 2019, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at the Prince Charles cinema in London's Leicester Square. Quentin Tarantino describes it as his favourite cinema in London saying it is "everything an independent movie theatre should be”. As well as public screenings, the festival includes 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, the global outdoor clothing brand, 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 a student cash prize of £2,000 (USD 2,600). The ultimate Craghoppers Film Prize is up for grabs at the October Discover Film Awards and entries will be shortlisted from all winners from the April and October festivals, no matter what genre or who has entered. The first prize is £20,000 (USD 26,000) in cash with a second prize of £5,000 (USD 6,500) in cash and an additional award of £5,000 (USD 6,500) for the best social impact film.
Unlike a lot of festivals, The Discover Film Awards make no apologies for having a commercial edge. Their head of programming & chair of judges has produced and directed over 50 commercially successful films and documentaries and most recently has overseen a series of global advertising campaigns.
The festival showcases 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.
Selected films get the option of various paid distribution channels including trains and airlines. Distribution is optional and entirely up to the filmmakers.
As well as cash prizes, winners can get help with future film projects in the form of discounted rates from partner firms (such as production houses) and mentoring from senior commercial film and business executives. The festival also introduces filmmakers to funding sources for future projects and offers publicity across a wide range of media (print and social).
Best overall short film in 2019 wins USD 27,000/GBP 20,000 in cash.
Second place wins USD 13,500/GBP 10,000 in cash
Student prizes at April and October events of USD 2,700/GBP 2,000 in cash
Pitching competition to investors with additional cash prizes to fund films
Best Low Budget
Best International (various awards)
Best Foreign Language (various awards)
Best Micro (under 5 minutes - various awards)
Best Music Video
Films must be 45 minutes or under to enter the competition. There is no lower limit on run time.
Films will be shown to our panel of judges, including genre experts.
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.
For call cash prizes, instructions will be given on how to claim the award. The filmmaker will be responsible for any taxation payable on the award and any international bank charges. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Director of the film.
Discover Film will not be responsible for any custom duties or charges on physical submission. Please be sure to include "temporary import/cultural exchange" and "no commercial value" on any paperwork.
The festival handles submitted physical screening files with the utmost of care and provides insurance of loss or damage to a maximum value of US$100.00 (or cost of replacement, whichever is less). The festival will return any physically submitted screening files at the festival's expense.
Permission for the festival to use images and excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 1 minute for promotional purposes is considered granted upon submission - including trailers/clips on the festival's media channels. If you would rather opt out from this please contact the festival organisers.
Discover Film reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and/or re-write material to fit our marketing requirement and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.
Participation in The Discover Film Awards implies understanding and acceptance of the above regulations and requirements for this submission