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. Visit their websites for information on how to submit your film.

UK film festivals

Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
15-18 February 2018 (February 2019 dates TBC) BFI Future Film Festival London Open to young people
28 March — 5 April 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Leeds Young Film Festival Leeds Open to all
11-29 April 2018 (2019 dates TBC) East End Film Festival London Open to all
11 June 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Pen9 Film Festival Accrington Open to all
28 September 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Bedford Film Festival Bedford Open to all
October — November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Cinemagic Belfast Open to young people
25 October — 1 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Cambridge Film Festival Cambridge Open to all
6-18 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Norwich Film Festival Norwich Open to all
7-23 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Into Film Festival UK-wide Open to all
9-11 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC Cornwall Film Festival Cornwall Open to all
13-15 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Manchester Animation Festival Manchester Open to all
16-25 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Foyle Film Festival Derry / Londonderry Open to all
16-25 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Underwire Festival London Open to all
20-24 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) UK Film Festival London Open to all
24 November — 2 December 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Kinofilm Festival Manchester Open to all
11-20 January 2019 London Short Film Festival London Open to all
7-10 March 2019 Watersprite – The Cambridge International Student Film Festival Cambridge Open to young people
13-17 March 2019 Glasgow Short Film Festival Glasgow Open to all
13-17 May 2019 The Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games Middlesbrough Open to all
5 June 2019 Rob Knox Film Festival Bexleyheath Open to young people
22-23 June 2019 Walthamstow International Film Festival London Open to all
1-6 July 2019 British Urban Film Festival London Open to all
4-10 September 2019 Open City Docs Fest London Open to all
13-15 September 2019 Glasgow Youth Film Festival Glasgow Open to young people
19-22 September 2019 Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival Berwick-upon-Tweed Open to all
24-29 September 2019 Encounters Bristol Open to all
27-29 September 2019 Barnes Film Festival London Open to young people
11 October 2019 Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival London Open to young people
6-10 November 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival York Open to all

 

International film festivals

Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
8-23 February 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Mostra Internacional Cinema Educatiu València, Spain Open to all
16-28 March 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Young About Film Festival Bologna, Italy Open to all
28 May  — 3 June 2018 (2019 dates TBC) International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin, Croatia Open to young people
1-30 September 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults Auburn, Australia Open to all
25-28 October 2018 (2019 dates TBC) National Film Festival for Talented Youth Seattle, USA Open to young people
16-24 November 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Gijón International Film Festival for Young People Gijón, Spain Open to all
1-8 December 2018 (2019 dates TBC) Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People Athens, Greece Open to all
2-9 December 2018 (2019 dates TBC) International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! Poznań, Poland Open to young people
25-30 March 2019 Fresh Film Festival Limerick, Ireland Open to young people
5-14 April 2019 Sarasota Film Festival Florida, USA Open to all
2-12 May 2019 IndieLisboa International Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal Open to all
21-30 June 2019 Nordic Young Short Film Festival Tromsø, Norway Open to young people
22-23 June 2019 International Santa Monica Teen Film Festival Santa Monica, USA Open to young people
10-16 October 2019 Commfest Toronto, Canada Open to all

 

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