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Discover Film Awards

Short Film Festival

About

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.

Awards

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

Rules

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

Jaine Green (CHAIR OF JUDGES)

James Furness (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR)

Documents

Place

United Kingdom
London

Official website

discover.film/short-film-festival

Contacts

Somerset House
Strand
London, London WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

emma@discover.film

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    March 10, 2020
  • Earlybird Super Discount
    March 14, 2020
  • Earlybird Discount
    April 09, 2020
  • Earlybird Final Deadline
    May 05, 2020
  • Discounted First Deadline
    June 05, 2020
  • Discounted Deadline
    September 22, 2020
  • Final Discounted Deadline
    October 20, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    November 24, 2020
  • Final Deadline
    December 22, 2020
  • Notifications
    February 19, 2021
  • Event dates
    21 March 2020 — 17 March 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Super Discount — $32
  • Earlybird Discount — $35
  • Earlybird Final Deadline — $40
  • Discounted First Deadline — $42
  • Discounted Deadline — $45
  • Final Discounted Deadline — $45
  • Regular Deadline — $47
  • Final Deadline — $50
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