Emerging Filmmakers Night


Years running: 7 (since 2017)

Emerging Filmmakers Night

International Short Film Festival that showcases work by emerging directors.


Emerging Filmmakers Night also known as EFN is a quarterly International Short Film Festival that showcases work by emerging directors.

  • 4 live-streamed events per year, available globally. 
  • 2 awards given on the night, the CRITICS’ CHOICE and the AUDIENCE FAVOURITE 
  • A panel of highly acclaimed critics (Leeds Int. Film Festival, BBC, Genesis cinema) 
  • Live Q&As with the filmmakers. 
  • Audience interaction with questions & comments in real-time. 
  • Reaching over than 3000 cinephiles per event from over 35 countries.

We value inclusivity, equal representation, and developing voices of emerging talent


2 awards given live on the night: 

  • the CRITICS’ CHOICE award

Decided by a panel of highly acclaimed critics (Leeds Int. Film Festival, BBC, Genesis cinema) 


Voted by the audience live on the night.



• Final Draft is proud to support the EFN Film Festival and provide the winner with a copy of Final Draft 11! With Final Draft 11, you can brainstorm, visualise, report, tag, collaborate and customise your writing environment like never before. 
•. One InkTip Script Listing promoting the script and the writer to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. Producers have made more than 393 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip. 
• An annual membership with Shooting People 
• Gold Membership at East London's Genesis Cinema for a month 
• An exclusive video interview with myDylarama (official partner of Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival). The interview will be published online on MyDylarama.org.uk & on our EFN YouTube Channel.


All films must be no longer than 20 minutes and not older than 3 years. 

Students using the Student discount rate must upload a copy of their student ID to their 'Files & Attachments' section located on their Project File page. 


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers


  • Erifili Missiou: Programmer/ Artistic Director/ Founder of the festival
  • Mike Sheer: Host/ Co-Founder of the festival
  • Ioanna Karavela: Operations Manager of the festival



United Kingdom

Official Website



Phone: 07956353339
Email: info@efnfestival.org


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 26, 2022
  • Early Bird Deadline
    December 18, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    February 26, 2023
  • Late Deadline
    May 21, 2023
  • Extended Deadline
    June 25, 2023
  • Notifications
    August 13, 2023
  • Event Dates
    25 — 29 September 2023
Categories & Fees

For our Winter Edition, we want short films that explore what it means to be complicatedly connected, heavily hooked, perilously paired... To be ENTANGLED! Whether it’s a story about... A lover that’s starting to feel more like a mother A job where the best part is complaining about it A twisted family dynamic Belief systems that crush your identity or an ego that holds you back... We want films about damaging relationships we love to be stuck in!

  • Early Bird Deadline — $11
  • Regular Deadline — $14
  • Late Deadline — $16
  • Extended Deadline — $19
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