Launched in 2018 as part of our celebrations for the Year of Young People, EIFF Youth New Visions Short Film Competition will run again in 2021 with the same dedicated purpose – to discover the newest voices in Scottish film and bring their visions to a global stage.
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.
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.