In 2019, as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture, the Horsham Film Festival held its annual awards night.

In 2020, the Horsham Film Festival held its second annual awards night, getting in just before…well, you know.

In 2021, the Horsham Film Festival couldn’t hold its third annual awards night because of…well, you know…so did it virtually instead!

But for 2022, the Horsham Film Festival is back, in person and ready to screen the best short films around!

This year, we’re partnering with the Everyman Cinema in Horsham to host not only our awards night but a week long programme of short film screenings, from all short listed films. Further details on these screenings will be revealed later in the year.

But before that event, we need to get some films in!

The Horsham Film Festival 2022 – or HFF22 as we’re calling it – is going to be open for submission from April 11th 2022.

To enter a film just go through your usual FilmFreeway process!

The festival has two age groups for filmmakers to choose to enter into, and then within those age groups, five categories to enter the film into. Films will be accepted up to 15minutes in length.

There’s the Over 18s and Under 18s categories for Best Drama, Best Documentary, Best Comedy and Best Animation. The fifth and final category is the Your District Award which goes to a film of any genre in each age group, that was filmed in (fully or partly) or is about Horsham District.

The Festival judging panel is made up of Geoff Cockwill – Director at Silvertip Films and Welsh BAFTA winning costume designer Ray Holman - the man behind costumes for Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Sherlock, Fleabag and many more. Plus more guests to be revealed soon!

As with the previous festivals, the judges aren’t marking films based on their equipment quality and production values, although that is always welcome, but are interested in films which move them, make them laugh, educate them or even scare them!

The Festival especially welcomes first time filmmakers so if all you have is your phone, get out there and make a film to wow the judges!

Each winning film within a category will be presented with a physical award at the Awards Night as well as a selection of prizes from various event sponsors. Previous sponsors have included Manfrotto and Dorling Kindersley and local businesses like South Lodge, Macman and Firebird Brewery.

Geoff Cockwill from Silvertip Films, the organisers of the event, said:  

“I’m so excited to be running the Horsham Film Festival again! After a difficult couple of years for everyone, the chance to get out and make a film and then get together to celebrate a shared love of film is something to look forward to. We can’t wait to see what films come in, meet the filmmakers and their cast and crew at the awards night later in 2022. We’re especially thrilled to be partnering with the Everyman Cinema for the festival as the venue will bring a real sense of old time Hollywood glamour to the awards night!” 

This year, the event is sponsored by WOODSTOCK IT, the number 1 IT support company in West Sussex, FREEMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL SERVICES, who are there when families need them and FIREBIRD BREWERY who produce superb craft beers.

So, if you have a story to tell whether it be funny or sad or scary, if you like making stop motion LEGO animations or full blown CGI animations, or want to explore a documentary subject to raise awareness then get out there, make a film and celebrate filmmaking passion with us!

Full Festival details and news updates via or

For 2022 our prize pool is growing all the time and so far we can offer the following...

All shortlisted films will be screened at special screening events at the Horsham Everyman Cinema in Nov / Dec 2022

All winning films will be played in full at the Dec 2022 Awards Night event at the Everyman Cinema

1 x iPad for the Over 18 winner of the Your District award courtesy of Woodstock IT

1 x iPad for the Under 18 winner of the Your District award courtesy of Woodstock IT

Selection of craft beers for each Over 18 winning film courtesy of Firebird Brewery

Commission to produce a video for Firebird Brewery for the Over 18 Best Documentary winner

In 2019-21, we offered up physical awards plus £8000+ worth of prizes amongst the 10 winning filmmakers.

Past prizes and sponsors have included...

- Manfrotto - £1000 of camera accessories
- Dorling Kindersley books on Avengers, Star Wars, Pixar and more
- South Lodge Hotel and Spa, Horsham, West Sussex
- Firebird Brewery beers
- Michael Wiese Productions Books on filmmaking and writing
- Cocoa Loco chocolate
- MacMan - Mac repairs, tuition and more
- Horsham Bedding Centre for super relaxing pillows for your next movie night
- Smith and Western restaurant vouchers for amazing food

We have plenty more in the works that we hope to confirm ASAP, including more camera equipment, commissions, vouchers and other awesome stuff!

Prizes will be non-monetary (examples include vouchers, camera kit etc), Silvertip Films reserve the right to adjust prizes and content to their discretion. You will receive no cash prize from Silvertip Films

We will be offering wide variety of prizes per category, as well as a different prize pool for the u18 category.

The winning film-makers will also be gaining wide coverage via local (and wider) press and magazine coverage. In 2019 and 2020, the Awards Night and winners featured on the front page of 2 newspapers in West Sussex, plus 2 magazine features. We achieved online coverage reaching over 300,000 people.

To enter the Your District award, your film MUST be filmed within the Horsham District. Do tell us where when you enter!

Films must be 15 minutes maximum runtime

Each films’ director must register their intent to enter and be either part of the Under 18 category or the Over 18 category

If you are entering for an Under 18 entry - I.E you are a parent or guardian - please let us know as last year we initially missed some U18 entries as they were submitted by people older than 18 so came up in the O18 searches!

Your productions must not break any laws during filming! Be safe, be careful and be respectful.

You must obtain permission for all locations you film at and you must also obtain release consent forms from all actors and people involved in your film

Prizes awarded are per category, per film – not per group member. There are no duplicate prizes for winning films with multiple crew members.

All prizes are final, there are no cash prize alternatives.

By signing up to the film festival, you agree that clips / stills from your film may be used for event promotional material, as well as being used at the film festival awards ceremony.

Overall Rating
  • Absolutely brilliant festival run by a fantastic bunch of dedicated film people. Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, Horsham Film Festival still hosted an incredible online festival and awards ceremony connecting people and creating a community through their streaming and social media engagement. We are so honoured to have been a part of this year's festival and so grateful for all the passion and hard work put in by everyone to make Horsham Film Festival the success that it was.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, we are really pleased to hear you enjoyed it all and that the event worked despite being a virtual one!

  • James French

    Really enjoyable festival, well run with a great group of people involved, would definitely recommend, thank you!

    March 2020
  • Mark Jende

    Fantastic festival, it really did have the red carpet rolled out for the evening! The whole event was very well produced, from the presenters (all glammed up!) to the interviews which were filmed (on and off stage). Great for new film makers to showcase their short films and a privilege to have been able to host this at the Capitol in Horsham.

    February 2020
  • Here at Escape Studios we were delighted to have our short film "Flame" accepted into the Horsham Film Festival. Thanks for a great festival!

    February 2020
  • Matt Thomas

    Fantastic festival. Glad I could be there, really enjoyed it. Thank you for my award!

    February 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for entering and for coming to the Awards Night! Great to meet the maker of a great short film.