SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL is the world’s first film festival dedicated entirely to the cinema’s crafts of sound and music.

We at SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL love the unsung heroes. And who else is a better candidate for such a title than film and video game composers and sound designers? Their work is integral to the pace, setting, tone and general atmosphere to what we see on screen and deserves greater recognition.

We screen a selection of short documentaries, dramas, animations and music videos alongside commercial work and video game titles which push the boundaries of sound design and music. We want to open up conversations about short films and inspire the next generation of movie makers.

LATEST NEWS: Academy Award winner GLENN FREEMANTLE and Emmy nominee RUPERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS join the festival jury to select the best short films with original music and sound design.

Awards & Prizes

Jury award for short film
Best sound design award
Best score award
Best sound editing award
Award for best-combined use of sound and music
Best original score not produced for picture
Award for best use of sound & music in VR

Rules & Terms

To submit a film, your project must fulfil the relevant category's rules. We have no premiere requirements or prior screening restrictions and your film can have previous screenings at other festivals and/or be available on other platforms however the committee will favour films with less exposure.

All deadlines (earlybird, regular, late and extended) are the dates by which films must be delivered to the festival. Your digital upload, Vimeo link, or physical disc must be received by the deadline date for which your film has been registered. All submissions are handled identically, regardless of which deadline you choose.

All films must be submitted via the Online Screener System on FilmFreeway, a Vimeo link entered directly on the submission application or the film posted on a DVD or Blu-Ray disc. If you intend to send the festival your film on disc please ensure this is region 0 or 2 and ideally PAL formatted. Submitting your film early is encouraged to take advantage of lower fees but please allow up to 24 hours for processing of digital video uploads. If you are submitting a physical disc, please post well in advance of the deadline.

We wish you the best of luck with your submission!