Final Deadline for entry to the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival: June 25th

The ESFF screens 8 nights of short film every Autumn at cinemas across Edinburgh, featuring the best International, UK & Scottish short films from drama to documentary, comedy to animation, experimental to web series.

We’re also awarding prizes for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Short


we’re working with partner festivals to showcase our favourite shorts to audiences internationally, including this year: Barcelona Int. Short Film Festival, Fastnet Film Festival, the Sardinia Film Festival, Firenze FilmCorti 2018, the Adriatic Film Festival and Hidden Door among others!

But get your skates on – The FINAL Deadline is Monday June 25th!




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Cinetopia – ESFF produces new radio film show

Covering everything from the latest film reviews, interviews, updates from the world of film and film events almost everywhere, ‘Cinetopia’ is a new monthly radio show produced by some of the people behind the Edinburgh Short Film Festival!

The show is hosted by Radio Summerhall and the pilot episode has just been released so we’re delighted to include the link here!
The first programme covers reviews of Three Billboards and the Phantom Threads as well as a discussion about this year’s Oscar nominations and an interview with Elias Sommer,  short film-maker and animator!

The show features Will Mitten, Amanda Rogers, Melina Waltermann and Paul Bruce, music by Callum Rankine of Boxmusic TV



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Early Bird Deadline ends on Friday!

Just one week to go!



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Edinburgh Shorts gets animated at manipulate Festival 2018


Puppet Animation Scotland and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival created a new award in 2017 for Best Animation, to be presented annually at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival. The inaugural award, presented on the ESFF closing night on Saturday November 11th, was won by French animator, Chloe Lesueur for her extraordinary short film TIS.

For manipulate 2018, we’re delighted to to have been asked to present a programme of some of our favourite animated short films from our previous edition .  The ESFF aims to screen the strongest programme from submissions, with around a dozen top-quality animated shorts each year, so to reflect the breadth of our films, we wanted to curate a programme which contained 2D animation, stop-motion animation, CGI and Claymation and the programme for our screening at manipulate 2018 reflects that!

We’re very pleased that 2 films screened at the 2018 ESFF have now gone on to become Oscar shortlisted and one of them, FOX & THE WHALE by Robin Joseph is screening at manipulate 2018!
Winner of Best Animation at our partner festival, Fastnet Film Festival, and formerly screened at Hollyshorts in LA and Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Robin Joseph’s
epically-scaled FOX AND THE WHALE follows a fox on a visually arresting tale of pursuit and longing as it searches for an elusive whale.

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Winner of both the ESFF Best Animation and Best animated short at Brazil Stop Motion Film Festival as well as Award of distinction at Athens Animafest, TIS by Chloe Lesueur is a beautifully-realised depiction of a character in a paper world. Depicting a world entirely constructed of paper, the contours of a character take shape and we feel the weight of the paper and the paper world that surrounds the character, Tis, who must cope with the large sheet of paper that he drags with him.


Previously screened at Encounters Film Festival and at BUSHO – Budapest Short Film Festival, FILMS TO BREAK PROJECTORS by Steve Iloobia approaches the process of making films in a literal sense and creating visual music through imagery, ‘Films to Break Projectors’ glues and splices 35mm, 16mm, standard and super 8mm filmstrips together to create impossible-to-project celluloid sculptures.

Bold, creative and strikingly visual.

FRAMED by Marco Jemolo, was previously screened at Animafest Zagreb and Imaginaria – International Animation Film Festival.  FRAMED is a noir-influenced animated short, which investigates the role of the individual in society. It’s dramatic and plays with thriller tropes in a knowing way.
In an anonymous police station, F.K. asks the Law for help in the attempt to report the abuses he has been through: his birth, his formation, his forced work. He will end up trapped in a Kafka-esque, endless nightmare.

Gabriel Bohmer’s animation BEETLE TROUBLE reminds me of a disturbing suburban dream sketched by Ivor Cutler.  BEETLE TROUBLE follows the conflict between John and the bothersome beetles that seem to show up everywhere. Whether he’s on a plane made of nails and screws, or trying to relax in his home encased in flowers and bones, they’re constantly causing trouble by eating his food, stealing his things, and making bad conversation!

Edinburgh Shorts Animated Retrospectives screens at manipulate 2018 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh at 2pm on Saturday January 27th.

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Early Bird Deadline Approaching for Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2018!

There’s usually plenty of reasons to submit your film to the ESFF and this year we are offering awards for Best Film, Best Animation & Best Scottish Short.

We’ll also be programming the best 2017 films for our touring programme!

Our austerity-beating submission fee this year, is a mere £13 per entry until Friday February 2nd 2018

So get your skates on!




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Edinburgh Short Film Festival – Submissions Now Open for 2018!

Dedicated to screening the best in International contemporary short film as well as programming for other festivals across the UK & Internationally, the ESFF is now open for submission for short film-makers globally!

We’re also offering cash prizes for Best Film, Best Animation and Best Scottish Film!


This year, we’re also excited to be curating film programmes for our 2018 partners:
DC Shorts – The US East Coast’s largest short film event,
Mecal – the Barcelona International Short Film Festival
Sardinia Film Festival
Fastnet Film Festival
Firenze FilmCorti
Hidden Door

Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.

Open for entries online and also via Film Freeway & Withoutabox.
Please note, our early bird deadline for submissions ends on Friday February 2nd 2018
Enter Your Film Here:



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To the Lighthouse – The Fastnet Film Festival

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At the closing night of the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival,we were able to give a warm welcome to Aidan Stanley the Chairman of the Fastnet Film Festival, who had travelled from Schull in West Cork, where the festival is based, to this year’s events in Edinburgh.

We were happy to play host to Aidan, as we’d made the reverse trip ourselves, back in May, to the Fastnet Film Festival itself.

The FFF is a truly amazing film festival, lacking a cinema they have used the entire town to host film, from horseboxes to libraries, from installing pop-up cinemas on a beautifully isolated island (taking the ticket-buyers by boat) to dressing shop windows as film sets, the FFF motto, ‘The Village is Our Screen’ is a pretty accurate description of events!

While we were there, we made a short documentary about the FFF and Schull which – we hope – does the whole atmosphere proud!And Hackett’s Bar – we’ll be back!

Thanks to Alexandra Person for filming and editing!


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