We believe that film has the power to connect people, spark conversations, and inspire change. We are the festival in the Heart of Historic Scotland with the aim to spotlight emerging independent filmmaking talent.

Welcome to the 5th edition of The St Andrews Film Festival, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the magic of cinema!

Our festival is a celebration of the art of self-expression using the medium of film. We are thrilled to showcase a carefully curated selection of captivating films from around the world.

We are proud to provide this platform for emerging filmmakers to share their unique perspectives and stories with our audience, and to give them the recognition they deserve. We also welcome special guests and industry experts who will share their insights and expertise with us.

From thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming comedies, our diverse lineup has something for everyone. We believe that film is for everyone, and we strive to make our festival accessible and inclusive to all.

Join us at the St Andrews Film Festival and become a part of a vibrant community that shares your love for cinema. We can't wait to share this experience with you!

The Top 3 Short Films receive film distribution, and the top film receives a cash prize as well.

Awards for the Short Film and Feature Film Competition are as follows:
All award winning films will receive trophies.

Short Film:

1. The Saint Andrew Award for Best Film

2. The Alexander Mackendrick Award for Best Director

3. The Jorge Sanjinés Award for Best Dramaturgy

4. The Sean Connery Award for Best Actor

5. The Nevena Kokanova Award for Best Actress

6. The Mahmoud Kalari Award for Best Cinematography

7. The Lyudmila Feyginova Award for Best Editing

8. The Hideo Nishizaki Award for Best Sound

9. The Zagreb School Award for Best Animation

10. The Sara Gómez Award for Best Documentary Film

11. The Jan Němec Award for Best Debut

12. Best Scottish Films

13. The Audience Award

14. The Jury Award

Feature Film:

1. The Saint Andrew Award for Best Film - Cash Prize and Film Distribution

2. The Živojin Pavlović Award for Best Director - Film Distribution

3. The Suso Cecchi d'Amico Award for Best Dramaturgy - Film Distribution

4. The Ralph Richardson Award for Best Actor

5. The Rosaura Revueltas Award for Best Actress

6. The Witold Sobociński Award for Best Cinematography - Film Distribution

7. The Antonio Ripoll Award for Best Editing

8. The Winston Ryder Award for Best Sound

9. The Audience Award

10 The Jury Award

11. Best Scottish Film

- All submitted films must be completed after 1st of January 2023.

- The maximum number of submissions per submitter is 1 film.

- We accept all genres of narrative, documentary or experimental short films

- Maximum runtime for Short Films: 30 minutes

- NO Maximum runtime for Feature Films.

- All non-English films must come with English subtitles

- Submissions can be used in our promo trailer.

Overall Rating
  • Paul Birkett

    A well organised festival, great interview Q&A session, thoughtful and meaningful reviews. Their passion for cinema & filmmaking really shines through! And stunning trophies! Truly honoured that our short was chosen!

    February 2024
  • Fiona M McAndrew

    Thank you St. Andrews Film Festival for screening Bad in Good. Great festival, lovely people and a team who is passionate about film and helping independent film-makers.

    December 2023
  • Larry Cowan

    Great festival, very well organised. I would reecommend

    December 2023
  • Clear communications, great films and really enjoyed the Q&A we did with our short Bully. Lovely team and great venues, would recommend to any filmmakers! Thanks for having us. Martin and James

    December 2023
  • Mihajlo Vitezović

    Fantastic festival run by a fantastic crew! Thank you very much for inviting our film to be a part of your selection, and for the thorugh and insightful Q&A! We regretfully missed the opportunity to attend in person this year, but we are optimistic about the prospect of making it next time. Our highest recommendations go out to the entire team for curating such a fine event.

    December 2023