2018 Short Film Competition

Last year we were blown away by the incredible entries we received as part of our annual short film competition.

Our scope reached further than ever before, putting Cornwall Film Festival on the international map. We also had a surge of entries from the West Country itself and ran an exclusive screening highlighting the best from the South West.

This year we want to exhibit more short films than ever before, so we have opened the gates to our Short Film Competition earlier than ever before. We are open for entries NOW. We’ve teamed up with Film Freeway once again to offer a fuss-free way off submitting your short to the competition.

As with previous years we will be offering coveted Cornwall Film Festival trophies for the winners of our categories, an award for Best Short Film Best Student Film . The Best Short films and our student winner will be screened as part of our Official Selection at The Poly in November and the best local entries will be compiled into a Local Showcase, also screened at our November festival.

Important dates:

Opening Date
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Deadline
Late Deadline
Notification Date
Event Date


Before submitting, please take a look at the competition Ts&Cs below. We are asking entrants this year to submit their films in 24fps. To submit your short film to Cornwall Film Festival’s 2018 Short Film Competition simply follow the link to Film Freeway below. If you have any questions, drop us a line at info@cornwallfilmfestival.com – Good Luck!


1. All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by November 2018.
2. Please ensure that the digital video file you’re entering is the highest quality copy of your film. All work should be summited through the online platform, no work will be considered if not summited via this platform.
3. CFF regards a short film as 20 minutes or under and a feature film as 20 minutes or over. Feature films will not be considered in the competition.
4. CFF is particularly interested in new work but films including Short Animation films do not need to be UK premieres.
5. Films that have previously been publicly screened, broadcast or otherwise made publicly available (including online) in Britain will be considered. We will accept Short animation films that have had public theatrical screenings.
6. Films that are available to purchase on online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
7.Promotional films are eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, see the categories).
8. Cornwall Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.
9. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission.

Note: Please submit your films in 24fps.


1. By summiting working you are giving permission to the Cornwall Film Festival to reproduction of stills and clips of selected films, for all Cornwall Film Festival publications, trailers, press and TV coverage, and social media channels, and in long form in a compilation of Festival work that will tour regionally.
2. Cornwall Film Festival agrees to promote filmmakers by listing and advertising the work with the information supplied correctly.


1. The final selection of all films presented at the festival and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Programmer Manager for the Cornwall Film Festival, the process is overseen by the festival’s Director. The organisation of the event and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Director and the festival team.

2. Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

3. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

4. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

5. These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.

Comments (2)

    • Hi Ray!

      Thanks for your message – while we don’t have a feature film competition, if you would like to email us a screener to info@cornwallfilmfestival.com, our team can advise on any appropriate slots and forward you all the details on short film submissions too.

      All the best – CFF

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