Years running: 16 (since 2005)

Edinburgh short film festival

International short film festival.


Edinburgh Short Film Festival will carry on the mission to screen high-quality UK & International short films alongside excellent local talent. The Leith Short Film Festival has been running since 2005 and has attracted large audiences and much critical attention from filmmakers around the world. We have screened films from India, Argentia, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Germany, Norway, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Portugal, Albania and from all over Britain. Submissions have even been received from a Navajo Reservation. Every year we also attract filmmakers to the festival and hold great networking events.


  • Best Film 
  • Best Animation 
  • Best Scottish Short Film (films produced or shot in Scotland)

The screenplay of the winning film will also receive a free Inktip script listing on Inktip - the on-line screenwriting agency.


  • The Festival is open to any form of short film, genre, budgets and techniques.
  • The maximum duration for submitted films is 25 minutes including credits.
  • Entries must have been completed since January 2017.
  • File resolution is no less than 720x576.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Pay entry fees,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail or download work via Internet: Youtube, Vimeo or platforms - Movibeta, Filmfestivallife, Filmfreeway, Festhome.

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers




United Kingdom

Official website



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Musselburgh, EH21 6QG EH21 6QG
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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    December 14, 2019
  • Early Bird Deadline
    February 03, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    May 22, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    June 22, 2020
  • Notifications
    August 28, 2020
  • Event dates
    22 October — 8 November 2020
Categories & Fees

Short Films maximum length 25 mins. All Genres Considered

  • Early Bird Deadline — $17
  • Regular Deadline — $20
  • Late Deadline — $25
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