The 5th Annual Nightpiece Film Festival runs from Monday 20th - Friday 24th August 2018 with 5 curated programmes presented at Surgeon's Hall (v53) and Symposium Hall (v43), Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The programme line-up includes the premiere of director Al Carretta's 13th indie feature, TH'DREAD RATTLIN'...

Early selections trailer is here:

Ticket links are below; the printed Edinburgh Fringe programme goes out in June.

Main Programmes

th'dread rattlin'

Love indie film? Support Nightpiece. If you're looking for exposure in the World's largest Arts festival - the Edinburgh Fringe - then Nightpiece is the festival to submit to. This will be our 5th consecutive year, we are filmmakers too and our ethos is inspired by three simple rules:

1. #justsubmitit
2. #supportindiefilm
3. #contentisking

We are looking for exceptional short film submissions from across the globe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is a perfect starting point to showcase your work. Every year we have premiered films that have gone on to many other festivals across the world. Recent examples of films that began at Nightpiece include Keith Farrell's 'Rabbit Punch' (2017), Ross Adgar's 'The Railway Carriage' (2015) and Dan Sunley's 'Pieces' (2016).

Previously Screened Filmmakers

If you've been screened at Nightpiece previously you can submit for FREE, however you do need to email to request a waiver code.


Beginning with an open access format in 2014 screening 69 films, we returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 with the second Nightpiece Film Festival on a curated basis, programming the best content submitted. In all we had over two thousand films to choose from, with entries from 99 countries across the world. In 2017, we ran for our fourth year presenting 40+ films and continuing our long established association with venue managers, theSpaceUK - Edinburgh's largest, best located and most diverse independent promoters.


ETHOS - 2018

The Nightpiece Film Festival is considered as follows:


Films beyond 1 and less than 15 mins in length are accepted for review on a curated basis. We are looking for quality filmmaking delivered by producers and directors who value the exposure of their product and understand that their films live through exposure and association with bigger entities e,g EdFringe.

For general guidance, films should align with the following statements:

- Be between 1m 00s & 15m 00s minutes in length - All Films.
- Be of a rating that roughly aligns with ‘BBFC’ Classifications e.g. PG / 12A / 15 / 18
- Be of clear narrative construction.
- Be of a technically screenable quality.
- Be made after Summer 2017.

Alongside filmmaker expectations and promotional considerations detailed below we reserve the right to reject short films that do not meet the above criteria.


The purpose of the Nightpiece Film Festival is exposure for your film in the World’s largest Arts Festival - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We are not Sundance; we are an independent programme and one of 3000+ other shows in EdFringe in August so adjust your expectations accordingly and remember this is one of the most expensive arts festivals in the world to participate in but, we are a part of it.

If we schedule
 your film we do ask you to announce your film’s presence in the festival via social media, however, from experience we have found the interest in any given film lies solely with the team involved so how much you push your online campaign is at filmmaker discretion.


By submitting to the festival the contributor declares that he/she has obtained all necessary rights and permissions to present the film at Nightpiece Film Festival.
The filmmaker must own or have cleared copyright of all aspects of the submitted film. This includes all music and images used. Nightpiece Film Festival accepts no responsibility, financial or otherwise, in regards to clearing copyrighted material.

By submitting a film for consideration to Nightpiece Film Festival the filmmaker/production company grant Nightpiece Film Festival the right to screen the film throughout the duration of the festival in any capacity and to use the material submitted for promotional purposes of the festival.


As a developing festival with films sourced from across the UK and the World,
we DO NOT expect filmmaker attendance at the event due to the limited time
frame (Multiple 1hr programmes) and expected public attendance at the event.

Should your film be selected one (1x) complimentary ticket per Film submission is offered for 2018, however, this is on a stand-by basis in line with the guidance issued
by our venue (theSpace UK).

Unless specifically announced, no travel or accommodation expenses, incentives
or prizes of any form are offered to Filmmakers participating in the Nightpiece
Film Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Becki Pantling

    As a huge lover of the Edinburgh Fringe, having a film screened at Nightpiece Film Festival was such a wonderful experience. What really made it was the effort from Al Carretta to welcome us and impart lots of helpful advice and thoughts on filmmaking.

    June 2018
  • Phillip E. Walker

    So far, Nightpiece has been our student film's most impressive Official Selection among the 27th Worldwide "Darkroom" selections. Thanks so much for the screening.

    February 2018
  • Roger Barker

    It has always been an ambition for us to appear at the Edinburgh Fringe, and we are most grateful to Nightpiece for giving us that opportunity. Ed Byrne recently commented that the prospect of running up debts the size of a student loan has always been an occupational hazard for producers wanting their material included in the Fringe, but Nightpiece shields them from that fate. Long may it prosper!

    September 2017
  • What a fantastic festival! The submission price was low, the notification was prompt, they were very easy to contact, and produced an outstanding trailer to promote the festival selections. But what made Nightpiece really special was the organisers. After watching my film screened, I sat for hours with them and was given some invaluable advice on film production and the industry that I'll never forget. The location is also fantastic, taking place in the beautiful city of Edinburgh during Fringe, so you're spoilt for choice for entertainment once the film festival fun is over. One of the best festivals around - and I've been to a few - don't let this one pass you by!

    September 2017
  • Shaheen Schleifer

    Very good selection of films at the heart of Edinburgh Fringe. Al Caretta, who ran the festival spent the evening after the screening with filmmakers and was generally very helpful and encouraging.

    September 2017