EIFF has partnered with the Wellcome Trust to challenge you to make a film in a week and have it shown on the big screen at EIFF. At the Competition Launch (17th June), scientific researchers will present you with the facts and a scriptwriter and filmmaker will be on hand to help you begin your journey from fact to film! Then you have one week to write, shoot and edit your film.

Themes may include: Pandemics and Infectious Diseases; Neuroscience; Environmental Science. Whatever the topic, it’s your imagination, skill, teamwork and tenacity that will create a winning short film.

There will be Film Industry Professionals. There will be Scientists. There will be Blood, Sweat, and (hopefully no) Tears… In the words of one scientist, who shall remain unnamed:

“My work is very visual. Beautiful images of Brains. And of course, the subject matter is also very poignant.”

Think you’re up to this challenge? We know you are!

The Competition is open to 15-25 year-olds. It’s FREE to take part, and you don’t have to have made a film before. Experienced filmmakers will be on hand to help answer any production-related questions.

Register now (see below) and we’ll see you at the Launch!  

Competition Dates:

-          Sat 17th June, 2-4pm - Competition Launch

-          Sun 25th June, 5pm - Film Submission Deadline

-          Sun 2nd July (time TBC) - Public Screening at Cineworld! (Free/Ticketed)


We recommend that you read the Competition Guidelines first. They’ll help you make sense of all that follows….


Send us your Registration Form, along with your Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form(s).



2-4pm, Sat 17th June @ Youth Hub (Wyndham Room, Lyceum Theatre, 30 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX)

Please make sure you bring your completed/signed Contributor Release Form with you, if you haven’t sent it to us already.



Now it’s over to you...  But, to help with the paperwork, we’ve prepared some forms for you that you’ll need during production:

-      Location Release Form

-      Contributor Release Form

-      Music Release Form

-      Music Cue Sheet

You’ll find details on all these forms and how to use them in the Competition Guidelines.



The submission deadline is 5pm on Sunday 25th June.

Submit your films at Youth Hub (Lyceum Rehearsal Studio, 30b Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX). Please read the Guidelines carefully before submitting.

Your films will go to our Panel of Judges



Sun 2nd July @ Cineworld (Fountain Park, 130 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1AF).

Time of screening TBC.

This will be a free/ticketed event. Invite friends and family and come all the finished films on the big screen…And find out who the lucky winners are!


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask: education@edfilmfest.org.uk

Making a short film at EIFF Youth Hub Filmmaking Competition