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The Edinburgh Short Film Festival

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival grew out of the Leith Short Film Festival which was established in 2005, as the film arm of the Leith Festival.

From 2005 to 2010 the Leith Short Film Festival held screenings across Leith and was noted for diversity in it's programming, from screening the first film made in Somalia for 20 years ('Charcoal Traffic') to holding mutual film screening sessions with the Italian short film festival ‘Arrivano i Corti’ in Montelanico, Italy. We have also provided networking opportunities and worked with the Edinburgh International Film Festival to provide a free-to-access workshop
aimed at film-makers.

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival launched in 2011 and has quickly grown from 4 nights of screenings in 2 venues to 10 nights at  5 venues in 2013.In 2014, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival will be in its fourth year having grown very quickly in consecutive years from 4 nights at 2 venues in 2011 to 10 nights at 5 venues in 2013.

We began by screening to about 150 attendance in total in 2011 and this year we had a total number of 401 visitors.
For  2014 we are planning to work closely with STV and the new freeview city channels for Central Scotland, ETV (Edinburgh TV) & GTV (Glasgow TV) with a view to the new channels showcasing some of the best films of next year’s Festival and covering some of the events themselves.

We have also held meetings with Shanghai-based film organisation, KanKan Media with a view to the film centre in Shanghai hosting 3-4 nights of the Edinburgh Short Film Festival in Shanghai following the next ESFF festival in June 2014. This is an exciting opportunity to talk Scottish films and film-makers to China next year and showcase Scottish shorts in the centre of Shanhai.

Submissions for the 2014 edition open on Dec 1st 2013.



Call for Entries: Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2014

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Call for Entries: Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2014

The ESFF is currently accepting submissions from talented filmmakers who would like to screen a film at the weeklong festival in June 2014. Whether you are a student filmmaker or have been in the industry for years, we’d like to hear from you.

The ESFF is a fast-growing festival in Scotland’s capital, a city famous for its dynamic, cutting-edge cultural scene. All genres of film will be considered; we’ve screened animation, drama, comedy, documentary and art house film in the past. What we’re really looking for are films that hook the audience with their beautifully realised ideas, innovative narratives and inspiring techniques.

Last year, we screened 98 films to hundreds of guests across some of the most prominent arts venues in the city. We received films from 14 countries across the world and international filmmakers from as far afield as Abu Dhabi and Chile joined us, participating in our workshops and attending screenings.

Our plans for the ESFF in 2014 are bigger and better than ever; not only will you get the chance to screen your film at this prominent event, but we’d also like to invite you to participate in workshops and attend the ESFF closing party where you can mingle with other like-minded filmmakers while possibly picking up one of the prizes on offer. All entries will be considered to participate in our forthcoming film festival in Shanghai.

Submissions cost £10 per entry, and this includes a ticket for the festival.

Films should be less than 20 minutes long and should have been completed after 1st January 2012. Make sure you don't neglect the technical side of your craft, we like films that sound good, that have the correct aspect ratio, PAL formatted, embedded subtitles and no menus. Do yourself a favour and check the film plays through on a regular DVD before you send it!

Feel free to contact us at our email address if you have any questions.

We can't wait to see those films!

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