8th Annual

Edinburgh Short Film Festival

October 26, 2018 to November 10, 2018

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Short Film
Short Films maximum length 25 mins


The Edinburgh Short Film Festival aims to provide a platform where high quality films made by talented local film-makers can be screened alongside the best in contemporary UK and International short films.

To make awards to recognise excellence in contemporary short film-making and production.

To provide opportunities to connect the Edinburgh-based film-making community, through networking and collaborative projects.

Provide an opportunity for the Edinburgh public to experience the best work of International, UK & local film-making talent.
To build an audience for the work of locally-based short film makers.

Increase opportunities for film-makers and provide a place to meet and share ideas and resources.

Provide Edinburgh and Scotland with a vibrant short film festival that is about creating film communities and encouraging the production and screening of artistic work within local and international networks.


The Edinburgh Short Film Festival launched in 2011 and has since expanded to 8 nights at venues across Scotland's beautiful & ancient capital city. The 2018 festival runs from Oct 26 - Nov 10 2018.

We'll be screening in the Filmhouse and Summerhall as well as holding pavement cinema sessions, workshops and networking events!

We are also hosting our Award Ceremony on our closing night on Saturday November 10th and making awards for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Short Film for films screened at our 2018 edition.

This year, we're also excited to be curating film programmes for our 2018 partners:

DC Shorts - The US East Coast's largest short film event,
Mecal - the Barcelona International Short Film Festival
Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti
Hidden Door

Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.

Open for entries online and via Withoutabox!


Paul Bruce (Festival Registrar); Paul Bruce (Festival Registrar); Paul Bruce (Festival Registrar)



The Deadline for submissions will be Monday 25th June 2018.

Final exhibition copies of the film MUST be received by Monday August 27th 2018.
Please send high quality files Mov/avi/mpg/h264/Pro Res or dvd’s.
We DO NOT accept any films with a resolution less than 720x576
We do not accept NTSC formats

Entries must have been completed since January 2016.

Submission by online screener is acceptable, (You Tube/Vimeo etc) please enter the relevant web address in the form supplied.

English subtitles required for any film not in English.

ESFF occasionally provides short film programmes for other film festivals, by submitting your film the entrant agrees to the inclusion of their film in any such future programme.

Excerpts from selected films, trailers and stills may also be screened or published online to assist in promoting the festival.

The submitter must have the legal authority to submit the film and to have the work screened publicly including any necessary permissions. By submitting, the submitter confirms they have all the necessary rights for the screening of the film submitted, to be exhibited at the festival.

By submitting their film all entrants are deemed to have read and agreed the rules and regulations governing the festival. In the event of any disagreement, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

These rules and regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

The Festival reserves the right to withdraw or include selected shorts from the programme as necessary.

It is the responsibility of the submitter to ensure the correct contact email address is supplied to the festival.