Kick-start your career in film with a New Visions Award 2019!

Are you a filmmaker aged 14 - 25?  Submissions are now open for the EIFF Youth New Visions Short Film Competition!  Launched as part of 2018 Year of Young People, this year’s finalists will attend a public screening of their work at EIFF in June 2019, and compete for one of two New Visions Awards. Each award comes with a £300 cash prize.


Submission Requirements

Participation in the EIFF Youth New Visions Short Film Competition is completely free and we accept all genres and themes. However, interested filmmakers will need to ensure the following requirements are met:

Two or more of the lead creatives (Director/Producer/Writer) must be aged 14 to 25 in June 2019*

The director and one other lead creative (Producer/Writer) must be based in Scotland*

The submitted short film does not exceed 15 min run-time

The submitted short film needs to be suitable for audiences aged 15 and older (for your reference please check the British Board of Film Classification here

All submitted films must have been completed after June 2018

Submitted films must be Scottish premieres, which means they can't have screened publicly in Scotland before

Filmmakers can submit to the age category 14-18 or 19-25

*If the roles of Director, Producer & Writer were filled by the same person, then these rules only apply to this person.


Selection Process

The programme is curated by EIFF’s Youth Advisory Group, who will decide on the shortlist and determine the running order for the screening.

All shortlisted films will screen at Edinburgh International Film Festival on Saturday 29 June. Travel bursaries will be available to ensure each finalist can attend the screening.

A panel of judges - made up of film industry professionals - will select two New Visions Award winners. The winning films will be announced on 30 June 2019.  Each award comes with a £300 cash prize. 


Submissions Process

Submissions can be made through email or WeTransfer to .  Please write New Visions 14-18 or New Visions 19-25 in the subject line of your email.


Forms and Guidelines

Competition Guidelines 

Submissions Form

Digital Delivery Requirements

Terms and Conditions

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Contributor Release Form

Music Release Form

Location Release Form

Guide to Music and Copyright