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Discover film Awards 2017

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive is changing the way that people think of short films. We are looking for the very best short films that are entertaining and tell a story. The sort of short films that people want to watch. That make them laugh. Or cry. That shock and surprise. Our festival involves public cinema screenings at the Phoenix Cinema, London, the oldest working cinema in the UK (built in 1912) whose patrons include Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin and Mark Kermode. As well as screenings, the festival includes exclusive networking events including an opening night party by the Thames in central London, a filmmaker supper (for all selected films) and a closing party and awards event held at Stephen's House and Gardens that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.

Whilst we are one of the fastest growing short film festivals in the world (400 entries in our first edition and 750+ in our second), we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to all filmmakers who attend from the 40+ countries who enter the festival.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Award
Judges Award
Best Actor
Best Animation
Best Comedy
Best Cross-over
Best Cinematography
Best Director
Best Short Short (under 5 mins)
Best Documentary
Best Drama
Best Experimental
Best Micro Budget
Best Narrative
Best Horror
Best Sci Fi
Best in Festival

Rules & Terms

Films must be 40 minutes or under to enter the competition.
Films will be shown to our community of film professionals (this is a limited community so not made publicly available) and our panel of judges.

Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
  • Earlybird Super Discount Plus
  • Earlybird Deadline
  • First Discounted Deadline
  • Second Discounted Deadline
  • Third Discounted Deadline
  • Final Discounted Deadline
  • Regular Deadline
  • Regular Deadline First Extension
  • Regular Deadline Final Extension
  • Final Deadline
  • Notification Date
  • Event Date