Shorts On Tap is London's fastest growing short-film showcase, with an audience of over 500 viewers monthly.
Now also screening in Berlin and Tokyo, Shorts On Tap is an award-winning festival for both up&coming and established film-makers to showcase their work, exchange ideas and receive feedback.
Shorts On Tap collaborates with great festivals such as Raindance Film Festival, the London Short Film Festival and institutions such as the BFI and Kickstarter.

We host regular screenings on Brick Lane, the creative heart of London, as well as using prestigious cinemas such as Prince Charles Cinema (Leicester Square) and the BFI South Bank among others.

We aim at facilitating the spreading of ideas and awareness on social issues through film. A young company that grew to be one of the most vibrant hubs for film-makers and film lovers alike in just over 3 years.
SOT provides a great opportunity for people to discover the best material from the contemporary independent short film scene, a place for exchanging ideas and networking or simply a treat for a great night out.

Featuring great talent and special guests from the film industry, Shorts On Tap is striving to promote short film­making. Coming to you from across a wide range of genres and styles and in the most inclusive way: from narrative to experimental; documentaries to animation and also music videos. We always deliver a varied, eclectic, dynamic show and we facilitate an engaged, vibrant and yet totally relaxed dialogue between film­makers and audience members.

SOT's steep growth is partially due to the unique themed-events format which brought an unprecedented flexibility in the spectrum of subjects and topics presented. Their fresh formula allows SOT to collaborate with a number of institutions spanning from LGBT rights charities to state-of-the-art mobile app developers.

Partners include Raindance FIlm Festival, Shooting People (one of the largest filmmaking communities in the Uk) and prestigious film schools such as the London Film Academy and Central Film School London. SOT believe in content versatility and have a 360 vision which will lead them to reach uncharted territories.

SOT went global in February 2015 with their first screening outside of the UK: 'London Calling' was held on February 9th at Uplink X, in the heart of Tokyo's Shibuya district (sold-out).

SOT's first event in Berlin was held on the International Women's Day 2016, March 8th, at Z-inema Berlin, our new home in Germany.

SOT's portfolio of collaborations include non-profit and charity companies such as Galop (LGBT anti-violence group) and MedAct (an organisation providing medical care in war zones) They've also been involved in the fundraising for the production of Wonderkid: a film aiming at tackling homophobia in professional football.

In little over a year Shorts On Tap has established itself as the place to be on the London Indie film scene and has become one of the most vibrant platforms for networking, debate and collaborations. Each month, they attract audiences of up to 600 which continues to grow.

SOT has been awarded the prestigious Film London Boost Award 2015 (partner of the BFI Film Audience Network, funded by the National Lottery) which funded the the production of a new series of events called Women in Revolt. Women in Revolt was launched in April 2015 across 3 brand new London venues. The series is an exploration of womanhood in short filmmaking and has carried on bi-monthly ever since.
Women in Revolt is today one of the most popular hubs for female filmmakers in London.
The series is programmed by Girls On Film: a female writers collective dedicated to revolting against inequality through art.

On May 17th 2015, the International Day Against Homophobia SOT has hosted the premiere of Mike Buonaiuto's Credence at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square: Europe's largest cinema district. The event was aimed at raising awareness about themes of equality, identity and the portrayal of LGBT people in media. For the occasion, SOT have been partnering with Shape History: a creative studio for social impact helping organisations tackle crucial issues, creating content that touches millions.

December 2015 saw Shorts On Tap screening at the British Film Institute for the first time with Critical Degrees: a selection of short films on climate change.

In early 2016 SOT launched a new series of events called Road Map: a series of screenings focusing on international short film. The series aims at exploring different cultures through their filmmaking talent.

Shorts On Tap has turned 3 last November.
Today, more than ever before, we want to get closer to filmmakers.
This is why, 3 years after its launch, Shorts On Tap is getting more and more involved with the actual PRODUCTION of short films & docs.

INTRODUCING SHORTS ON TAP'S HORIZON AWARD

Horizon is Shorts On Tap's £3000 grant aimed at part-funding one short film or documentary in 2017.
A money prize awarded to the 'best short film script' or doc proposal submitted to Shorts On Tap in 2017.
Our way to encourage a brilliant filmmaker to get his/her next project off the ground.
A special jury in charge of choosing Horizon's winning script, will be announced in Autumn 2017.
Horizon Award winner announced in early 2018.

Shorts On Tap was founded in late 2013 by producer Filippo Polesel.
Writer & Director Michele Fiascaris joined the company in April 2014.

We'd like to give a voice to as many film­makers as possible, so if you are one, or you know anyone who'd be interested in submitting their work please don't hesitate to do so.

Awards & Prizes

HORIZON AWARD

Horizon is Shorts On Tap's £3000 grant aimed at part-funding one short film or documentary in 2017.
A money prize awarded to the 'best short film script' or doc proposal submitted to Shorts On Tap in 2017.
Our way to encourage a brilliant filmmaker to get his/her next project off the ground.
A special jury in charge of choosing Horizon's winning script, will be announced in Autumn 2017.
Horizon Award winner announced in early 2018.

Rules & Terms

- Keep it short (under 20 minutes would be ideal but we can make exceptions).
- Broad is good: any genres, styles, topics ­ narrative, experimental, music videos, documentaries, animation are all welcome.
- Your work may be screened at ANY of our future events and it may take us some time before getting back to you.
We will keep all films, contact details and passwords confidential.

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    Nurbanu Asena

    It was a lovely indie festival right at the heart of Shoreditch, London. I really enjoyed the crowd and other films alongside my film. Thank you!

    September 2017
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    alex swinfen

    Short on Tap is a great event, cultivated by people who love the medium and have a keen desire on bringing filmmakers together.

    August 2017
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    Oliver Lister

    A great festival with great films and a great turn out! Defiantly recommend!

    August 2017
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    Julien Segard

    After being selected, we were contacted to be screened at an event in London. So we did the travel from Paris. The SOT team was very nice and the event was well organized and crowded! The public was great too and we really appreciate the Q&A! It was a real pleasure to share our film with you! Thanks again!

    August 2017
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    Andrea Vandenboer

    The Art for Social Change team were unable to attend our screening of 'Silent No More - Louise Pentz: A Voice for Social Change' at the REALITY CHECK Shorts On Tap event but the SOT folks were fantastic to deal with and we appreciated being one of the terrific selection of films on their many schedules in London, UK! Keep an eye on these SOT events in the coming years for sure! Thanks, SHORTS ON TAP for the opportunity and the great job you are doing for filmmakers and film-lovers everywhere!

    July 2017