Film festivals for young filmmakers

So you’ve made your film and want to get it seen? Discover which film festivals specialise in shorts made by young filmmakers.

So you’ve made your film and want to get it seen. A great way to reach wider audiences is to submit your short to a film festival.

The following festivals either specialise in films made by young filmmakers, or have a strand dedicated to new works by young directors aged. Visit their websites for information on how to submit your film.

UK film festivals

Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
2-3 May 2017 Ffresh Student Media Festival of Wales Cardiff Open to young people
22-26 May 2017 The Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games Middlesbrough Open to all
1-4 June 2017 Pen9 Film Festival Accrington Open to all
7 June 2017 Rob Knox Film Festival Bexleyheath Open to young people
June 2017 (dates TBC) Walthamstow International Film Festival London Open to all
5-10 September 2017 Open City Docs Fest London Open to all
19-24 September 2017 Encounters Bristol Open to all
20-24 September 2017 Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival Berwick-upon-Tweed Open to all
22-24 September 2017 (dates TBC) Glasgow Youth Film Festival Glasgow Open to
29 September – 1 October 2017 Barnes Film Festival London Open to young people
September 2017 (dates TBC) Bedford Film Festival Bedford Open to all
September 2017 (dates TBC) British Urban Film Festival London Open to all
September 2017 (dates TBC) Slough International Short Film Festival Slough Open to young people
1-6 September 2017 The Smalls Film Festival London Open to all
7 October 2017 Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival London Open to young people
6-29 October 2017 Cinemagic Belfast Open to young people
October 2017 (dates TBC) Cambridge Film Festival Cambridge Open to all
October 2017 (dates TBC) Colchester Film Festival Colchester Open to all
October 2017 (dates TBC) Fling! Film Festival Tain, Scotland Open to young people
14-16 November 2017 Manchester Animation Festival Manchester Open to all
20-27 November 2017 Kinofilm Festival Manchester Open to all
22-26 November 2017 UK Film Festival London Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Cornwall Film Festival Cornwall Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Norwich Film Festival Norwich Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Underwire Festival London Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Into Film Festival UK-wide Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Foyle Film Festival Derry-Londonderry Open to all
November 2017 (dates TBC) Campus Movie Fest London London Open to young people
November 2017 (dates TBC) Bradford Animation Festival Bradford Open to all
January 2018 (dates TBC) London Short Film Festival London Open to all
February 2018 (dates TBC) BFI Future Film Festival London Open to young people
March 2018 (dates TBC) Screentest: The National Student Film Festival London Open to young people
March 2018 (dates TBC) Watersprite – The Cambridge International Student Film Festival Cambridge Open to young people
March 2018 (dates TBC) Glasgow Short Film Festival Glasgow Open to all
April 2018 (dates TBC) Leeds Young People’s Film Festival Leeds Open to all
11-29 April 2018 East End Film Festival London Open to all
7-11 November 2018 Aesthetica Short Film Festival York Open to all

 

International film festivals

Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
3-14 May 2017 IndieLisboa International Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal Open to all
27-30 May 2017 National Film Festival for Talented Youth Seattle, USA Open to young people
30 May — 4 June 2017 International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin, Croatia Open to young people
16-25 June 2017 Nordic Young Short Film Festival Tromsø, Norway Open to young people
8-9 July 2017 International Santa Monica Teen Film Festival Santa Monica, USA Open to young people
8-22 September 2017 Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults Auburn, Australia Open to all
10-16 October 2017 Commfest Toronto, Canada Open to all
17-25 November 2017 Gijón International Film Festival for Young People Gijón, Spain Open to all
3-10 December 2017 International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! Poznań, Poland Open to young people
December 2017 (dates TBC) Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People Athens, Greece Open to all
January 2018 (dates TBC) Mostra Internacional Cinema Educatiu València, Spain Open to all
March 2018 (dates TBC) Young About Film Festival Bologna, Italy Open to all
March 2018 (dates TBC) Fresh Film Festival Limerick, Ireland Open to young people
13-22 April 2018 Sarasota Film Festival Florida, USA Open to all
2018 (dates TBC) International Family Film Festival California, USA Open to all

 

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