Years running: 10 (since 2012)

Colchester Film Festival

International short film festival.


We will be showcasing some of the best short films from the UK and around the world as well as offering a programme of workshops, master classes and panel discussions from industry professionals for anyone wanting to learn more about filmmaking and the film industry. The 2012 Festival showcased 41 of the best short films from 13 different countries, from first time filmmakers to Oscar nominated short films as well as giving local filmmakers a chance to showcase their own films on the big screen. The festival also included Kids Workshops from Signals Media, Actors Workshops from the Page UK, Artists films and installations from The Minories, Street Theatre from the Mercury, Live music and poetry from local performers, Cycle-In cinema and much more.


  • Best Short Film 
  • Best Director 
  • Best Screenplay 
  • Best Editing 
  • Best Cinematography 
  • Best Sound Design


  • The Festival accepts shorts (under 26 minutes) in any genre — Narrative and Documentary.
  • All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
  • Experimental film, music videos and film trailers are not eligible, 
  • Filmmakers may submit more than one film.
  • Submissions through FilmFreeway.
  • Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United Kingdom

Official Website



Colchester Film Festival,
15 Queen Street, Colchester,
Essex, CO1 2PH, UK.


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 01, 2017
  • Earlybird Deadline
    June 01, 2017
  • Regular Deadline
    July 01, 2017
  • Notifications
    October 01, 2017
  • Event Dates
    1 — 4 November 2017
Categories & Fees

Narrative and Documentary Short (all under 26 minutes, including credits).

  • Earlybird Deadline — $5
  • Regular Deadline — $10

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