The Discover Film Awards is one of the biggest short film festivals in the world with over 5,000 annual submissions from 100+ countries.
Discover Film looks for the best short films: stories that share a glimpse of the lives of filmmakers. This could be what bothers them or makes them laugh, of injustices, of unsung heroes, of the serious, the bizarre, the funny or just where filmmakers’ imaginations take them.
All types of short film are welcome to enter with awards for: action, animation, drama, experimental, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, horror, comedy, and everything in between. All films must be under 45 minutes.
Best overall short film in 2020 – £20,000 ($26,000).
Runner up overall in 2020 – £5,000 ($6,500).
Best social impact film 2020 – £5,000 ($6,500).
Best student films – £1,000 ($1,300) for best UK & £1,000 ($1,300) for best international.
There are also pitching competitions to investors with additional cash prizes to fund films and paid for distribution opportunities.
There are also number of Physical Awards like (Best Director, Best Actor, Audience Award, etc)
Who can enter ?
ALL WORLD COUNTRIES
Deadline : 5 May 2020
Films must be 45 minutes or under, There is no lower limit on run time.
Films will be shown to panel of judges, including genre experts.
All films will be screened via DCP files.
If filmmakers selected for the festival do not have a DCP, they will produce one for them free of charge. they will also require .mov, mp4, or equivalent as a backup.
unless they are informed otherwise, cash awards will be made to the Director of the film.
The Director will be responsible for deciding how, if at all, the cash prize is distributed to stakeholders in the film. To receive a cash award, the filmmaker must have a means of receiving funds by electronic transfer. Filmmakers will be responsible for any taxation due on funds received.
Discover Film will not be responsible for any custom duties or charges on physical submission. Please be sure to include “temporary import/cultural exchange” and “no commercial value” on any paperwork.
The festival handles submitted physical screening files with the utmost of care and provides insurance of loss or damage to a maximum value of US$100.00 (or cost of replacement, whichever is less).
Permission for the festival to use images and excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 1 minute for promotional purposes is considered granted upon acceptance into the physical screenings at the festival
By submitting your film to the festival you agree that if your film is selected for inclusion in our screenings, they have permission to screen it in a cinema during the dates of the events listed.