Edinburgh short film festival


Years running: 20 (since 2005)

Edinburgh short film festival

International short film festival.


Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020: Film Awards & International Showcases

Our 10th anniversary special edition!
Featuring the best short films of 2020 at international film festivals, 
Presenting awards and trophies for the best films selected by our juries.

The ESFF still plans to proceed and hold our 10th anniversary  as normal October 22 – November 8th 2020.

Should circumstances change, our intention is to hold the screenings over the first available dates
around that period. 

This year, we're  also excited to be programming films and film partnerships with our 2020 partners. Most of our partners are later in the year and are planning to proceed as normal, a few
are postponing until September. They are all aiming to hold their 2020 editions at some point during the coming year.

Budapest Short Film Festival
Brussels Short Film Festival
Valdarno Cinema Film Festival
The Adriatic Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti - Florence
Sardinia Film Festival
Stop Motion Montreal


  • 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 2021.
  • 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

Carys Evans (PROGRAMMER)
Sarah van den Hoogen (PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR)



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 29, 2023
  • Early Bird Deadline
    February 23, 2024
  • Regular Deadline
    May 17, 2024
  • Late Deadline
    June 21, 2024
  • Notifications
    September 13, 2024
  • Event Dates
    25 October — 10 November 2024
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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