The longest continually running film festival in the world, Edinburgh International Film Festival is now preparing its 71st edition, taking place from 21 June – 2 July 2017. Successful submissions will be showcased before public and industry audiences at the 2017 edition of one of the world’s most respected film festivals.

Over the years, the Festival has continued to bring UK audiences the most innovative and exciting films from around the world. EIFF 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 forum for appreciative and informed discussion of their work. EIFF 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.

Please make sure you have read our full Rules and Regulations before submitting your film.

Deadlines & Fees

There are three submissions deadlines:

Earlybird - Wednesday 14 December 2016

SHORT – £20.00 / FEATURE - £75.00

Regular - Wednesday 18 January 2017

SHORT – £30.00 / FEATURE - £85.00

Late - Wednesday 22 February 2017

SHORT – £35.00 / FEATURE - £90.00

If submitting an Secure Online Screener via Withoutabox, these are the deadlines for submitting to the Festival via the online system.

If you are submitting a DVD screener, these are POSTMARK deadlines and reflect the date by which you must send your submission. However, please send your submission as soon as possible. 

Please make sure you submit the correct fee for your submission.

For full Submissions Rules and Regulations click here

To view our Submissions FAQs click here.

Follow us on twitter - @edfilmfest / @eiffindustry for up-to-date information on the Festival.

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