Southampton Film Week’s annual film competition SFW: Shorts closes for ‘Earlybird’ entries on Thursday 15th July 2019. Submit your short film now to make the most of the lower submission fees. The final deadline for submissions is 16th September 2019.
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:
Deadlines and Fees
23rd May – 25th July 2019
26th July – 24th August 2019
25th August – 16th September 2019
$10 / £7.88
$20 / £15.76
$25 / £19.70
Regional* Filmmakers can submit for $10 Earlybird & $15 (£11.82) Regular/Late deadline.
(US dollar/ GBP conversion approximate at time of writing)
Filmmakers can submit their short films to the following categories –
Best Artists’ Moving Image, Best Documentary and 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 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.