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Submitting to the 2024 European Short Film Festival

Submit now through FilmFreeway:

• ESFF 2024 will take place from June 20 to 24.
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 – 9 February, 2024

Regular – 15 March, 2024

Late – 19 April, 2024

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 June 4, 2024.

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  October 21, 2020 and our Screening Guidelines will be sent to you selected filmmakers.


Submission fees for shorts & music videos:
€25 Early; €30 Regular; €35 Late;