THE FESTIVAL 

In 2022, Edinburgh International Film Festival returns to its place at the heart of the Edinburgh festivals summer season. Set against the backdrop of the world's largest global gathering of culture including the Edinburgh International Festival, International Fringe, International Book Festival, Art Festival, Edinburgh International Television Festival; EIFF is now preparing its 75th edition. 

Inspired by the unique identity of our city and our love of film, EIFF is intimate in scale and ambitious in its artistic scope. We offer the best in contemporary global and national cinema, dedicated retrospective programming, short programs with a specialty focus on animation, experimental cinema, and a dedication to exploring new and hybrid forms of screen-based storytelling.  

EIFF invites audiences, artists, and innovators to imagine new worlds with us, inspired by great films, thoughtful conversations, and joyful encounters. We look forward to welcoming you to our 75th edition, 12 – 20th August 2022. 

Please find outlined below information on submitting a film for consideration for EIFF 2022. If you still have any questions after reading, please see our FAQ document available online, or contact submissions@edfilmfest.org.uk.

 

THE RULES 

  1. All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by August 2022. 

  1. EIFF regards short films as 45 minutes or under, and feature films as any over 45 minutes. 

  1. EIFF is accepting submissions for UK and Irish feature films; UK and Irish short films; and International short films. 

  1. To be considered a UK feature, the film has to have been made by a Companies House registered UK Film Production Company and qualify as British via either the British cultural test; one of the UK’s official bi-lateral co-production treaties; or the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. 

  1. To be considered a UK short, the film must be able to pass the British cultural test – it is not necessary for the company to be registered.   

  1. Scottish Premiere status is required for all feature films and all international short submissions. There is no premiere status requirement for UK/Irish shorts. EIFF is particularly interested in World, International or European premieres, and first or second features.  

  1. Films may have previously been publicly screened anywhere outside of Scotland, including England, Ireland, and Wales. However, we are unable to accept films that have previously been broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) within the UK. 

  1. Films that are available to purchase are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/online digital download formats,  

  1. Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.). 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Your fee is non-refundable. If your film does not match the above criteria and you still submit your film, your film will not be considered, and we cannot refund your fee. 

The final selection of all films presented at the Festival and their placement in the EIFF programme is at the discretion of the programming team. 

 

AWARDS 

The following awards will be given at the 75th Edinburgh International Film Festival. 

 

FEATURE FILM AWARDS 

Michael Powell Award for Best British/Irish Feature Film 

Named in homage to one of the most imaginative artists in the history of British cinema, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature was inaugurated at EIFF in 1990 to honour imagination and creativity in British filmmaking. 

The award, which carries a cash prize, is now open to UK and Irish feature films spanning fiction, non-fiction and hybrid forms of screen-based storytelling. 

Audience Award 

Each year EIFF invites our audience to vote for their favourite film in the program.   All feature length films in official selection are eligible for the Audience Award. 

 

SHORT FILM AWARDS

McLaren Animation Award & McLaren Short Film Award 

Inaugurated in 1990 and named in honour of the renowned Scottish-born animator and innovator, the McLaren Awards celebrate the spirit of creativity in short form works. 

These awards, carry a cash prize and are open to new short films from the UK and Ireland.

 

THE SUBMISSION PROCESS 

DEADLINES & FEES 

Submissions open on Thursday 13th January @ 12:00.  

There are three deadlines for submission, with the final deadline beyond which no further submissions are expected is Monday 25th April 2022 at 23:59.  

- Early Bird: Mon 7 Feb (£40 UK/Irish features)

- Regular: Thu 31 Mar (£50 UK/Irish features / £15 UK/Irish shorts / £20 int. shorts)

- Late: Mon 25 Apr @ 23:59 (£70 UK/Irish features / £25 UK/Irish shorts / £30 int. shorts)

EIFF charges a submission fee which contributes towards the administrative expenses of running open submissions; the recruitment of a submissions co-ordinator and assistant; and honorarium for programmers who view and assess submitted work. 

Please make sure you submit the correct fee for your submission. The submission fee is non-refundable and we are unable to offer fee waivers. 

It is the filmmakers’ responsibility to ensure that the submitted film meets the eligibility criteria. If a film becomes ineligible once submitted, while we would be grateful if you let us know, we are unable to provide refunds for films already submitted.  

 

HOW TO SUBMIT 

EIFF is a partner of FilmFreeway. The link to the EIFF FilmFreeway submissions page is: www.filmfreeway.com/EdinburghInternationalFilmFestival 

FilmFreeway allows you to submit a Secure Online Screener. Please log on to the website, set up an account or log in to your existing account, and follow instructions to submit your film to EIFF directly via the website. From there, your submission will be processed and assigned to EIFF programmers for viewing.  

Your submission fee will be taken online and you will be asked to pay by credit or debit card.  

 

RECEIPT OF SUBMISSION 

After we have processed your submission a confirmation email will be sent to you. FilmFreeway allows you to check the status of your submission through their website. Please allow at least four weeks for your submission to be processed and confirmation to be sent. 

 

ROUGH CUTS / WORKS IN PROGRESS  

Our programmers are happy to consider rough cuts and will judge the film accordingly. We will not reject any film on the basis of being incomplete, however you should be confident that your film will be complete well in advance of the start of the Festival. Please note that due to the large volume of titles we receive, we cannot guarantee that programmers will be able to watch the completed film at a later date. Please consider this before submitting the rough cut and aim to have your final cut ready and submitted by our LATE deadline. 

When submitting a rough cut, please provide details of the elements of your film still to be completed (e.g. colour grade, sound mix, VFX etc). 

 

PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED 

EIFF will only consider a previously submitted film if it has been considerably re-edited or re-shot. Please include a cover letter with details of the changes made to the film since its previous submission. If we already viewed your film as a rough cut in the preceding year, we normally would not consider it for the current year. 

 

TECHNICAL PROBLEMS 

If your Secure Online Screener does not work, we will contact you and request another screener. However, in this case there is a risk that we will not receive the working copy in time to view, and screeners that do play properly will get priority. When submitting your Secure Online Screener please ensure that it plays fully before submitting.  

 

SUBTITLES 

If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include on-screen English subtitles. If your film is mostly in English and you are intentionally leaving out subtitles for non-English dialogue, you do not need to provide on-screen subtitles. 

Please note that for selected films, available captioned and accessible versions are encouraged.  

 

CHANGE OF CONTACT DETAILS 

Please make sure that you inform us of any changes to your contact details by emailing submissions@edfilmfest.org.uk

Email is the main form of communication used by the EIFF Submissions team. It is vital that we have the correct information should we require to contact you about your submission. 

 

SCREENING FORMATS 

EIFF is proud to be able to support a wide variety of screening formats and always screens at the optimum possible format for each film. Should your film be accepted for our official selection, screening formats will be discussed with you by our Programme Planning team. We screen from a wide variety of formats and always to the highest technical standards. 

 

SUBMISSIONS BY ORGANISATIONS 

We are happy to accept submissions from official or professional national organisations. National film agencies and institutes or film schools submitting multiple films may contact the Submissions team by email to discuss fees for multiple submissions. 

 

SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSIONS 

If your submission is successful, you will be notified by invitation by the end of June 2022 and our official Entry Form and Screening Guidelines will be sent to you for completion and return. All information with regard to press and industry viewing permissions will be included in the Entry Form and Screening Guidelines. Please pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information that will also be sent to you at that time.  

 

UNSUCCESSFUL SUBMISSIONS 

If your submission is unsuccessful, we will inform you by email as soon as possible and no later than early July 2022. 

Please note that due to the volume of submissions that we receive, EIFF is unable to provide comments or feedback for any films not selected for the programme. 

 

AGREEMENT 

Submission to EIFF constitutes agreement to all rules, regulations and conditions contained in this document and your consent that your film be considered for any awards that may be given at the Festival. Submission also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained (in accordance with UK copyright laws). By submitting, you agree not to withdraw your film from EIFF after it has been accepted by the EIFF selection board. 

Correspondence Address: 
Submissions Coordinator 
Edinburgh International Film Festival 

88 Lothian Road 
Edinburgh 
EH3 9BZ 
Scotland, UK 

 
Email: submissions@edfilmfest.org.uk 

VAT no 502 5488 61 
Registered in Scotland No: 132453 (Registered Address as above)