Premiere your short film in the 2020 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In 2020 we present the 7th annual Nightpiece Film Festival in the World's Largest Arts Festival - the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. If selected, EdFringe is a great place to launch the festival run of your short film which is why we're now focusing on World Premiere films.

Every year we have premiered films that have gone on to many other festivals across the world. Recent examples that began their festival runs at Nightpiece include Kit Loyd's 'The Audition' (2019), Charlotte Bydwell's 'The Nude Model' (2018) and Keith Farrell's 'Rabbit Punch' (2017).

Previous Season

Since 2014 we've now showcased over 250+ films. The 2019 Nightpiece Film Festival ran from Monday 19th - Friday 23rd August and presented 28 films across 5 thematically curated programmes presented at Symposium Hall (v43), Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The 2019 Main selections trailer can be viewed here:

The 2019 Programme is available here:

(Vimeo and Issuu searches will also reveal previous year's media content.)

Previously Screened Filmmakers

If you were present at Nightpiece Film Festival in 2019, we invite you to submit your current project for free; email for a waiver code.



Please read carefully.

Entry to the Nightpiece Film Festival is considered as follows. For 2020, these rules have been revised. To help control our administrative workload, they will be strictly adhered to.

Section A
***Please do not submit if your film does not meet this criteria.***

1. We only accept UK films that can be announced with WORLD PREMIERE status. Films with previous screening history (other than private shows) are not accepted and will not be considered.

2. For any film made outside the UK your film must have at least UK PREMIERE status.

3. Films must be beyond 1m00s and less than 15m00s in length.

4. Your film MUST have a Social Media campaign in existence with the minimum acceptable requirement being a Twitter handle. Acknowledgement of your film's inclusion in the programme is an essential process of our marketing campaign and should be a priority for your film too. We reserve the right to de-select your film if you do not make basic efforts to promote your work.

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

- 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 2019.

6. You must submit your film to us in the following file format:

Resolution: 1920x1080 16:9, HD
Audio: Stereo
Format: Quicktime ProRes 422 (HQ)

Please do not submit odd aspect ratios (e.g.1920x806). If the ratio is odd put your finished film in a 1920x1080 HD container.

7. If picked as an early selection, we need an excerpt of your finished film for the trailer before Sunday 31st May 2020. For all films, we need final cut no later than Sunday 26th July 2020.

8. The early selection is announced early June 2020 to coincide with EdFringe Programme launch day, however additional selections are made beyond this point up until the Last Chance deadline on 31st July 2020.

9. We need direct acknowledgement of your acceptance of the film into the programme no more than 14 days after the selection notification from FilmFreeway. In the case of 'Last Chance' selections we need confirmation within 48hrs.

10. We reserve the right to reject short films that do not meet the above criteria.

Section B

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 NFF the right to screen the film throughout the duration of the festival in any capacity and to use the material submitted for promotional purposes prior to the festival.

Section C

1.For UK based Premiere status entries, we do expect filmmaker representation.
As the World's largest Arts Festival, there is more than enough to do in Edinburgh to justify a networking trip.

2.Guest list complimentary tickets for selected entries are discussed by arrangement closer to the event in August 2020.

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

NIghtpiece Film Festival
2020 Entry Rules & Terms and Conditions of Entry

Overall Rating
  • Julian Bivol

    Thanks Al for selecting Scotland Therapy! Unfortunately we couldn't attend but excited that our film had it's first selection!

    September 2019
  • Adam Thomas Wright

    Al is a great guy. I'm really grateful for all his hard work and what he has achieved with Nightpiece. It's a shame the time slot is quite late in the evening, making it not as busy as it could be. I had a great time and am honoured to have "The Drive" selected for this festival as part of the Fringe.

    August 2019
  • Hari Ramakrishnan

    Great communication, was so excited to be part of Edinburgh Fringe

    August 2019
  • Emily Sandifer

    The fact that Nightpiece runs as part of Edinburgh Fringe sealed the deal for us flying over from the states. And we are so glad we did. Al is a great host and a great curator. The level of films we saw were really impressive and we enjoyed every screening night. We hope the festival continues to grow and the screenings sell-out, as they should. We knew prior to going not to expect huge audiences, but that's not why we went. We went for the networking, the inspiration, and also to take in the entire Fringe experience. Thanks, Nightpiece!

    September 2018
  • David Cave

    Although I was unfortunately unable to attend this festival I have only great things to say about the organiser and quality of films selected to screen there. Brilliant communication and a festival that I would recommend to anyone looking to get their quality work screened!

    September 2018