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Submitting to the 2017 European Short Film Festival

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• ESFF 2017 will take place from October 1 to October 5 in Berlin, Germany.
EFF is especially interested in films by first and second time filmmakers whose movies represent the best in low-budget filmmaking.

• EFF accepts only online digital submissions, not discs in the mail.
• EFF regards a short film as 40 minutes or less in length.


There are four submissions deadlines:

Early – Friday 12 May, 2017

Regular – Friday 21 July, 2017

Late – Friday 18 August, 2017

These are deadlines and reflect the date by which you must provide us with a online screener your submission.  The submission fee is non-refundable.

Selected films will be notified no later than Sept 4, 2017.

EFF accepts films and awards prizes in the following categories:

Short Film
Comedy Short
Short Documentary
Animated Short
Experimental Short
Horror / Sci-Fi Short
Music Video

Our programmers will consider rough cuts and will judge the film accordingly. When submitting a rough cut, please provide details of the elements of your film still to be completed.

If your film contains non-English dialogue, we require that you include on-screen subtitles. If your film is mostly in English and you are intentionally leaving out subtitles for non-English dialogue, you do not need to provide on-screen subtitles.

All submissions will be informed of our Official Selection by  September 20, 2015 and our Screening Guidelines will be sent to you selected filmmakers. Official Selections should pay particular attention to the shipping and customs information that will also be sent to you at that time.


Submission fees for shorts & music videos:
€25 Early (ending May 12); €30 Regular (ending July 21); €35 Late (ending Aug 18);