MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Since 2003 Future Shorts has strived to build a new audience for film across the Globe, developing a platform for filmmakers that allows millions of people worldwide to engage with their work. We believe strongly in the social experience of film – in cinema as a communicator and community. We believe that cinema should be universally accessible by all, and not restricted by geography, status, wealth, or politics.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Future Shorts Festival is a quarterly global film festival that unites audiences across the world. Breaking from the exclusivity of traditional film festivals, it aims to provide anyone, anywhere with access to the best films out there. Live events take place every month in a growing international network of locations, showcasing a single programme of short films curated by Future Shorts HQ in London alongside live music, performance, design and much more.
Future Shorts Distribution is the world’s leading short film distribution label, representing an eclectic catalogue of over 400 titles from across the globe. We license to an international network of buyers across a variety of platforms as well as delivering short film packages and commissioning original films for the likes of Honda, Samsung HD, Mini, Stephen King and more. All un-represented films submitted for the festival are considered for distribution.
All films submitted will be considered for each category and we will outline which we feel is most appropriate in our response. Each category does NOT entail inclusion in the others.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES & FEES
Future Shorts accept submissions all year round and there is no deadline. Each submission is charged a $20 entry Fee.
We handle all submissions fairly and equally. Future Shorts do not favour or require premiere status for submissions. If selected for Future Shorts ONE your film will be screened across an international network of events. If this will affect the premiere status you may require for other festivals you are submitting to, you must consider this at the point of selection and opt out if necessary.
We accept submissions from any year of production.
FILM DURATION, GENRES & RATINGS
We accept films with a running time less than 30 minutes. We accept all films of all genres and ratings.
We do not accept re-submissions of films that have previously been rejected. We of course welcome filmmakers to submit new films they have produced, which will be treated equally to other submissions.
All films submitted are used for internal preview purposes only. Films are not shared with any third party.
THIRD PARTY COPYRIGHT CLEARANCES
All copyrighted material within your film must be cleared before you can publicly screen it. Future Shorts are not responsible for the inclusion of materials in your film. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the copyright holder of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing copyright
If your film includes non-English dialogue, you must supply an English-subtitled version. If your film is selected, we will require both un-subtitled and English subtitled versions along with a full English transcript.
FORMATS FOR SUBMISSION
We only accept online submissions through the Secure Online Screener system available to you within your Withoutabox account.
We do not accept solicited or unsolicited DVDs / tapes submitted through the post. We will not accept a link to your film on YouTube or any other video streaming or download site.
We aim to give a response on whether your film has been selected within 2 months of the film being submitted.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive we are unable to give specific feedback on any film. Do not be discouraged if your film is not selected.
You may submit as many films as you'd like, but you only need to create one account. Upon doing so, you may fill out individual applications for multiple films. We do not offer reduced rates in fees for multiple submissions.
CHANGE OF INFORMATION
You may log into your account at www.withoutabox.com at any time to update or revise your application at any point.
If you film is selected we will ask for the completed film to be delivered in the highest possible quality. We utilise digital technology to distribute and screen all films, and so we request hi-res digital files (typically quicktime) where possible. If your film is selected for distribution, we will also request a Digi Beta of your film. You will receive a full asset requirement list if your film is selected.
The submission fee goes towards the administration of programming and processing your submission.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Future Shorts from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.