About SFW: Shorts
SFW: Shorts invites submissions of short films of all production styles and techniques including animation, documentary, drama, experimental and artist film. Films must be no more than 10 minutes long (including credits) and can be submitted in SD or HD video formats (see the full terms and conditions for details). Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway:
Categories and Awards
Filmmakers can submit their short films to the following categories –
- Best Artist Film
- Best Documentary
- Best Fiction
The Best Artist Film category is for experimental and artist films, that can be narrative or non-narrative. Any style of film is accepted including animation, live action, music, dance, abstract etc. The Best Documentary category is for non-fiction (factual) short films of any theme or style including animation, live action, talking heads, expository or reflective documentaries. Finally the Best Fiction category is for narrative based fictional short films of any theme, style or genre including animation, drama, horror, comedy, thriller, romance, sci-fi etc.
All films submitted to any of the SFW: Shorts categories must be under 10 minutes in length (including titles and credits). Films must have been completed after 1st January 2018 and, in City Eye’s opinion be appropriate for a public audience.
All shortlisted films will be eligible for the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film selected by our panel of judges and the Audience Award voted for at the screening and awards ceremony during the festival. Filmmakers from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Isle of Wight will also be in contention for the Solent University sponsored Regional Filmmaker Award*.
Deadlines and Fees
|23rd May – 25th July 2019||Earlybird||$10 / £8|
|26th July – 24th August 2019||Regular||$20 / £16|
|25th August – 16th September 2019||Late||$25 / £20|
*Regional Filmmakers can submit for $10 at any time. (US dollar/ GBP conversion approximate at time of writing)
- All short films must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
- All short films should either be in English or have English subtitles.
- SFW: Shorts is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama and experimental film.
- Films should not be focused on the promotion of commercial products or services.
- Films cannot exceed 10 minutes duration (including credits). There is no minimum length.
All filmmakers whose films are shortlisted will be notified by email or phone by Friday 18th October 2019.
About Michael Fuller
Each year in SFW: Shorts the Best Film (as voted by a panel of independent judges) is
awarded the Michael Fuller Award.
Michael was a supporter and advocate for City Eye throughout its history and whilst he was Arts Officer at Southampton City Council and then Hampshire County Council.
During his time at SCC he was also involved in setting up Southampton Film Festival, the forerunner to SFW, which began in the 1980s and continued into the 90s. He remained passionate about film and indeed the cultural welfare of Southampton and the wider region. He was a member and Chair of the Phoenix Film Society. Michael died in December 2011.
His support and counsel is missed but we are so pleased that Michael’s wife, Lesley, has approved the creation of this memorial to him.