Years running: 8 (since 2012)

Discover Film Awards

Short Film Festival


The Discover Film Awards is one of the biggest short film festivals in the world with over 4,000 annual submissions from 70+ countries, global premiers in London's Leicester square with packed cinema audiences, filmmaker parties, red carpet events, script-pitching round tables with funding available for new projects and an annual cash prize fund of over USD 60,000, including the prestigious Craghoppers Film Prize.


Best overall short film in 2019 wins USD 27,000/GBP 20,000 in cash. 
Second place wins USD 13,500/GBP 10,000 in cash 
Student prizes at April and October events of USD 2,700/GBP 2,000 in cash 

  • Audience Award 
  • Jury Award 
  • Best Director 
  • Best Actor 
  • Best Screenplay 
  • Best Editor 
  • Best Cinematography 
  • Best Animation 
  • Best Adaptation 
  • Best Comedy 
  • Best Debut 
  • Best Documentary 
  • Best Drama 
  • Best Experimental 
  • Best Fantasy 
  • Best Horror 
  • Best Low Budget 
  • Best International (various awards) 
  • Best Foreign Language (various awards) 
  • Best Micro (under 5 minutes - various awards) 
  • Best Music Video 
  • Best Non-Narrative 
  • Best Sci-Fi 
  • Best Student


Films must be 45 minutes or under to enter the competition. There is no lower limit on run time.

Films will be shown to our panel of judges, including genre experts.

All films will be screened via DCP files. If filmmakers selected for the festival do not have a DCP, we we will produce one for them free of charge (one of the filmmaker perks that we offer). We will also require .mov, mp4, or equivalent as a backup.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers





United Kingdom

Official website


Somerset House
London, London WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    October 08, 2018
  • Earlybird Super Discount
    October 14, 2018
  • Discounted First Deadline
    December 28, 2018
  • Discounted Deadline
    January 07, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    February 08, 2019
  • Final Deadline
    March 03, 2019
  • Notifications
    March 08, 2019
  • Event dates
    3 — 7 April 2019
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Super Discount — $33
  • Discounted First Deadline — $42
  • Discounted Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $45
  • Final Deadline — $47
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