Submissions are now OPEN! The competition is FREE to enter and is open to young people aged 15 to 25 who reside in Scotland. Films must have been completed after June 2019, not exceed 15 minutes running time and be Scottish premieres. There is no theme for the competition and films of all genres will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is 28th May 2021 at 5pm. Please remember that you can send your films to us before this date if they are ready! 

All submissions will be reviewed by EIFF’s Youth Advisory Group and Young Programmers, who will curate a shortlist of films to be screened online in August 2021 as part of our EIFF Youth Weekender.

A panel of judges, made up of film industry professionals, will watch the shortlisted films and decide three awards in the following categories:


Category 1 - Filmmakers aged 15-18

Category 2 - Filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made as part of a formal educational course e.g. at university or college

Category 3 - Filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made independently or as part of an informal course e.g. BFI Academy, film workshops 

The Awards will be announced in August 2021. Each award comes with a cash prize of £300.


Please find out more about how to enter the competition using the Competition Guidelines in the downloads below. 

Please note: shortlisted film makers must agree to their work being shown online as part of a showcase event in August 2021. They may also be asked to participate in an online discussion of their work. The showcase event will be hosted on the EIFF TV YouTube for a period of no longer than twelve months from August 2021. Any finalists under 16 years of age must have the permission of a parent, carer or legal guardian to submit their film and contribute to this online event.

Picture from EIFF 2019 at the New Visions film competition screening, children and adults sit in Cinema 3 in Filmhouse on blue seats with red walls behind, young people laughing happily
Audience at 2019's New Visions film screening at Filmhouse, Edinburgh


EIFF Youth New Visions Competition Guidelines 2021

EIFF Youth New Visions Submission Form 2021

EIFF Youth New Visions Terms and Conditions 2021

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Privacy Notice New Visions 2021

Example Contributor Release Form

Example Location Release Form

Example Music Release Form 

Guide to Music and Copyrights

BBFC Guidelines 2021


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EIFF Youth is the youth programme of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Our aim is to help young people discover their future in film.

New Visions is funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals.

PLACE Programme