Years running: 12 (since 2010)

Underwire Festival

Women's Short Film Festival in UK.


UnderWire’s founders Gabriella Apicella and Gemma Mitchell launched the festival in 2010 with the belief that women working in the UK film industry needed more encouragement and a bigger platform for their work. The fact remains that women still make up a small proportion of film creatives, and UnderWire looks to recognise the best short work made by women across a range of crafts – from director to cinematographer; screenwriter to editor. UnderWire believes that a more gender balanced industry will benefit everyone by creating a diversity of perspectives, stories and experiences for audiences.


  • Drama,
  • Animation,
  • Documentary,
  • Music video,
  • Artist film.


  • Best Director,
  • Best Producer,
  • Best Writer,
  • Best Editor,
  • Best Cinematographer,
  • Best Composer,
  • Best Sound Designer,
  • Best Actor,
  • Under 25 (for outstanding work by a female practitioner aged 15-25),
  • XX Award.


  • Completed by November 2017
  • Not screened in London in advance of Underwire Festival.
  • Filmmakers must be British or Irish nationals and/or the film must be a UK or Republic of Ireland production, including student/graduation films. 

Screening Media Type: DCP

Audio language: original
Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival director: Anna Bogutskaya

Programme coordinator: Giulia Simone



United Kingdom

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    October 14, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    November 30, 2019
  • Regular Deadline
    March 31, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    May 15, 2020
  • Notifications
    June 15, 2020
  • Event Dates
    11 — 20 September 2020
Categories & Fees

Under 25 minutes long including credits.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $20
  • Regular Deadline — $25
  • Late Deadline — $30
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