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Here are the two deadlines for our festival. Don't miss them!

JUNE 17th, 2021. 23:59PM (BST Time)


£2.50 to Enter

AUGUST 1ST, 2023. 23:59PM (BST TIME)


£5 to enter


So You Want To Submit Your Film To Our Film Festival?

That's brilliant. Just follow these simple guidelines for submitting your film.

  1. Submission is for one film per group/individual and must be done through FilmFreeway. We will not accept films through any other means.

  2. Films selected to be at the festival last year cannot be submitted again for the festival this year.

  3. The film must be no longer than 15 minutes (including the title screen and credits)

  4. The film must have been completed within the last two years (beginning January 2021).

  5. If your film contains any verbal dialogue, the film must come with English subtitles embedded in the film.

  6. The concept of the film must be of original ideas. Any external materials used in the film (i.e. music, videos and so on) must be appropriately secured by the person/group submitting.

  7. The film must be summited by the final deadline on 1st August at 11:59 pm (BST Time) to be counted. Any film submitted after this final deadline will not be counted.


Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE!!

The categories 'Student' and 'Interpretarti' welcome all film genres to their categories, not just one genre.

Upon applying for the festival, those who submit understand and consent that they are solely responsible for their films being as accurately described and that all criteria are met. Starling Film Short Film Festival and all those associated with and/or in charge of the festival will not take legal responsibility for any film submitted under false information or use of unsecured external materials. This responsibility falls to the individual/group submitting to the festival.

Any film discovered to be submitted under any false information will be immediately removed from the festival, regardless of where the film stands.

All final decisions our programmers and juries make are final and cannot be disputed.

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You Have Just Submitted Your Film To The Festival.

Incredible. Three cheers for you. But this is only the beginning.

Your film will now go through a meticulous selection process alongside the other films of its category. Our panel of judges will view each film and decide which will be shown at the festival. So best of luck to all who submit.

Results of the selection process will be published in August. Be sure to keep an eye on your emails and our social media.

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You Have Just Received Confirmation You Got Into The Festival

A massive congratulations on getting into the festival. We are so happy to have you as a part of the Starling Short Film Festival.  So what we ask is that you, again, keep an eye on those emails. You will receive a few things to get you fully welcomed into the festival. That's the boring part.

The fun part is that your film will be shown at our online and in-person festivals. People worldwide are going to get the chance to view your work. You will also get the opportunity to partake in a live Q&A and award ceremony with the other filmmakers of your category, all done via Zoom. 

When you are selected, you will receive laurels to use and show off that you have been set. If your film does win an award, not only will you receive an award but another laurel to signify that you are the winner—so many great things to look forward to. 

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