Terms & Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before proceeding with the online submission form.




• The 66th EIFF will take place from 20 June to 1 July in Edinburgh.
• The Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema, to bring worthy filmmakers to local and worldwide attention, and to provide a centre for discussion of their works. The Festival is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
• The Festival is committed to screening high quality new feature and short length film and video work in all genres from around the world.


• ALL films (excluding Short Animation Submissions) must be UK premieres and the EIFF is particularly interested in World or International Premieres.
• Films that have previously been publicly screened or broadcast in Britain will not be accepted. Please note this rule does not apply to Short Animation Submissions. We will accept Short Animation Submissions that have had public theatrical screenings.
• Any film that has previously screened online will not be accepted.
• Promotional films are not eligible (eg. tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).
• All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2012.
• EIFF regards a Short film as 45 minutes or under and a Feature film as over 45 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE – your fee is non-refundable - if your film does not match the criteria listed above and you still submit your film, we will not consider your film and will not refund your fee.
The final selection of all films presented at the Festival and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of the Artistic Director.


The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival will see the return of the Michael Powell Award, as well as the introduction of some new accolades. Please see the EIFF website for a full list of awards for 2012 -
All awards will be judged by juries of industry professionals selected by EIFF.



There are three submissions deadlines:

Earlybird - Monday 12 December 2011
SHORT – £20.00 / FEATURE - £75.00

Regular - Monday 30 January 2012
SHORT - £30.00 / FEATURE - £85.00

Late - Monday 13 February 2012
SHORT – £35.00 / FEATURE - £90.00

These are POSTMARK deadlines and reflect the date by which you must send your submissions. However, please send your submission as soon as possible. Please make sure you submit the correct fee for your submission.

Why not complete one form and use it to submit your film to numerous festivals worldwide? EIFF is a partner of Withoutabox.

Log onto the website, set up an account and submit your film to EIFF direct from the website. Your fee will also be taken over the internet.

Then all you need to do is send in the DVD of your film. Please clearly mark your WAB tracking number on both the DVD and the envelope.

EIFF Website
Complete the online submission form, including fee payment, directly through our own website, and then simply send us the DVD of your film. Please clearly mark you reference number on both the DVD and the envelope.
The direct link to the submissions page is:

EIFF Submissions Form
You can download a submissions form directly from the EIFF website.
Complete this by hand and send it along with your DVD and payment method.


Payment must be made in POUNDS STERLING only. Please note that if you pay by credit card the exchange rates are determined on the date of the transaction. The submission fee is non-refundable.
If you submit via Withoutabox or through the EIFF website, you will be asked to pay by credit or debit card.
If you submit using our downloadable Submissions Form you can pay by credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or Travellers Cheque.
PLEASE NOTE: we DO NOT accept cash payments.


In an effort to cut down waste, we ask that you do not send printed press or promotional materials to us – we will not keep anything in your package except for your DVD (and submission form if applicable). Even the case will be recycled, so there is no need to create artwork for your DVD.

If you have completed your submissions application online (WAB or EIFF website), all we need from you is a copy of your film. Please mark clearly on the disc, the film’s title and tracking number as below:

Don’t forget to include your tracking number somewhere on the front of your envelope!

If you have completed the downloadable form please send both the form and the DVD of your film.
ALL submissions should be sent to:

Submissions Coordinator
88 Lothian Road
Scotland, UK

All international submissions must include the wording “Trade Sample” on any customs label. For customs purposes all international submissions are required to give a value of no more than £3 or US$6 to the package. Failure to do this may result in an extra charge and your film not being considered for EIFF.


We accept DVD PAL and DVD NTSC.
You must label the disk with the film’s title and tracking number if applicable. Multiple submissions: please note we can only accept 1 film per DVD. We cannot accept several films on one DVD.


Our programmers will consider rough cuts, and will judge the film accordingly. No film will be rejected on the basis of being incomplete. However, due to the large volume of titles we receive, we cannot guarantee that programmers will be able to watch the completed film at a later date. Please consider this before submitting the rough cut and aim to have your final cut ready and submitted by our LATE deadline.


We will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. If you are unsure, it probably means it hasn’t been changed enough. Please include a cover letter with details of the changes made. If we have already viewed your film as a rough cut last year, we normally will not consider it for the following year.


If your DVD does not play we will contact you and request another screener. However, this may risk us not getting the working copy in time and discs that do play properly will get priority viewing. Please make sure that your DVD plays all the way through before submitting. If your disc is damaged in the post we will contact you for a replacement.


If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include on-screen subtitles. If your film is mostly in English and you are intentionally leaving out subtitles for non-English dialogue, you do not need to provide on-screen subtitles.


Please make sure that you inform us of any changes to your contact details by emailing


The EIFF is proud to be able to support a wide variety of screening formats and always screens at the optimum possible format for each film. Should your film be successful, screening formats will be discussed by our Screenings Department.


After we have processed your submission a confirmation email will be sent to you. Those who submit through Withoutabox can check the status of their submission through the website. Alternatively, you may also include a self-address, stamped postcard, which we will mail back to you once your submission has been processed. Please leave four weeks for your submission to be processed and confirmation to be sent after this date.


If your submission is successful you will be informed by the end of April 2012. If successful you will be issued our official Entry Form and Screening Guidelines. You should pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information which will also be sent to you at that time.

Please note EIFF DOES NOT pay screening fees. You will be required to pay for the forward carriage of your film print or video master. EIFF will pay for the inward carriage only.


If your submission is unsuccessful, we will inform you by email as soon as possible and no later than 18 May 2012.


Submission to the EIFF constitutes agreement to all rules, regulations, and conditions contained in this document and your consent that your film be considered for any awards that may be given at the Festival. Submission also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained (in accordance with UK copyright laws). By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from the EIFF after it has been accepted by the EIFF selection board.
Correspondence Address:

Submissions Coordinator
88 Lothian Road
Scotland, UK

Tel: (Int.+44) 131 228 4051
Fax: (Int.+44) 131 221 5501


VAT no 502 5844 61
Registered in Scotland No: 132453 (Registered Address as above)


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Film Details - Step 2

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Please note your film can be no older than 12 months by the time of our festival in June 2012.

EIFF has a UK Premiere rule, therefore, if your film has screened in the UK before our festival in June then we will not be able to accept your submission. Please note this rule does not apply to Short Animation submissions which do not need to be UK premieres. Please specify location, event at which your film has screened AND the type of screening e.g. Dublin, cast & crew screening OR Gdynia, The Polish Film Festival, public screening.

Film Details - Step 3

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Please enclose ONE DVD copy of your film for the submission process. We accept DVD PAL and NTSC. Clearly label the DVD case with the film title, submission format and duration. Please note EIFF are unable to return any submissions.

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