Discover.film is changing the way that people think of short films. 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. Our festival involves public cinema screenings at the Phoenix Cinema, London, the oldest working 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 exclusive networking events, discussions at Universities around the UK, a networking event at the Hospital Club in Soho, London, a filmmaker supper (for all selected films), 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.
Whilst we are one of the fastest growing short film festivals in the world (400 entries in our first edition , 750+ in our second, just over 1,000 in our third), we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to all filmmakers who attend from the 40+ countries who enter the festival.
Partner firms involved in the event (who contribute towards prizes) include Apple, Crow TV (post production) and First News Media.
Selected films get the option of UK cinema distribution.
Awards & Prizes
Best Short Short (under 5 mins)
Best Micro Budget
Best Music Video with a story
Best Sci Fi
Best in Festival
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 do not have DCPs we can assist in the making of them. We will also require .mov, mp4, or equivalent as a backup.