Applications for 2016 are now closed, thank you to everyone who applied!

EIFF is delighted to announce the third year of our short film competition in 2016- the EIFF Short Film Challenge! Your film can be fiction or non-fiction, live action or animation. It can be filmed on a camera phone or using professional equipment and software. However you want to do it, we want to see it.

We are pleased to announce a new award to be given at ESFC 2016, The Most Promising Filmmaker Award. As well as being given guidance and support from EIFF's Talent Development team, independent charity The Saltire Society will be offering a £3,000 prize fund to the recipient the winner to help them make their next short film.

A specially selected jury will attend the event and will be looking for a filmmaker who demonstrates a unique vision and voice and shows the potential to become an established filmmaker in the future.

Each year the Challenge is to be set around a key word, which this year is ‘seventy’ in reference to the Film Festivals 70th edition celebrations in 2016. Your film can be about anything but must include some reference to the word/number ‘seventy’.

You will have the opportunity to showcase your work through a public screening during the Edinburgh Fringe. The finalists will be selected by EIFF programmers and all will be screened at Filmhouse in Edinburgh on Saturday 6 August 2016 to a public audience. As in previous years, there will be a prize for the winners of Best Film and a special recognition will also be awarded for Most Innovative Use of the ESFC Theme (seventy).

The prize for Best Film will be for two of the film’s team members to attend Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol. EIFF will pay for three nights’ accommodation and travel for those attending Encounters which takes place from 20 - 25 September 2016. The winners attending Encounters must be over the age of 16.

The winning teams of both awards will also receive a GoPro Hero camera.


Applications are now closed for 2016.


If you have any questions please contact the Challenge Coordinator Maija Hietala: maija.hietala@edfilmfest.org.uk

The Short Film Challenge is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund and by Creative Scotland.

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