Here we have some of the best film festivals for short and independent film from around the world. there’s always something going on!
We also have a page listing some of the best short film clubs in London.
The film festival calendar:
6th – 15th January
Annual event that presents the best in UK short film-making talent plus a bunch of live music and parties too. Beware the projector with teeth!
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (USA)
19th – 29th January
Held in Utah, it is the largest independent film festival in the United States and provides a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.
CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (France)
27th January – 4th February
Animated gems, documentaries, brilliant comedies, down-to-earth fictions, genre films or graduation shorts will undoubtedly take you on a unique journey into young film creation.
9th – 19th February
One of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. It is the largest, most attended film festival in the world. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world.
28th March – 1st April
The festival provides a national and international platform for animation. It is a national and international meeting place and source of inspiration for animation professionals and rising talent and promotes animated film as an attractive cultural leisure pursuit. An exciting and dazzling selection of animated films.
A festival committed to the independent filmmaker, giving special attention to films by first and second-time directors and films shot with budgets under £100,000.
SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Australia)
28th April – 5th May
Shorts presents a showcase of Australian talent across a week of lounge-style film screenings. Set in non-cinematic, eclectic venues, Shorts is an intimate event that combines great film, fabulous food and a cocktail atmosphere to create a uniquely creative vibe. The festival is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers, artists and the general public to mingle, creating an enthusiastic audience that’s fanatical about film.
26th April – 1st May
In the course of more than five decades Oberhausen has become one of the world’s oldest and most respected film events and a major international platform for the short form.
THIS LONDON (UK)
This London is an online film competition that seeks to discover and
celebrate the most talented and innovative storytellers that work inand around London. The chosen films will be screened at an event at the Hospital Club in May, and the winner will be given a unique filmmaking opportunity.
Deadline: 30th April
3rd – 11th May
International short film competition and market in Spain. They also organise parallel activities throughout the whole year.
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (France)
Aims to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema. The festival previews new films of all genres including documentaries from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is the world’s most prestigious and publicized film festival
SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST (UK)
13th – 17th June
Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for five intense days in June. Sheffield is fast becoming known as one of the top places in the world for people from the documentary and digital industries to get together – to meet, to screen their work, share knowledge, do business, make new contacts and
discuss innovations and challenges they are facing.
CANNES LIONS (France)
The world’s only truly global meeting place for creative professionals in the communications industry. Inspiring creativity is at the heart of Cannes Lions, professionals come to debate, learn and be inspired.
Puerto Rico’s International Short Film Festival
9th – 16th August
Hollyshorts is an annual film festival showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe. They are devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events.
13th – 15th August
Produced by passionate filmmakers who work in commercials and music videos, the Bornshorts Film Festival is a three day programme of high quality short films, music videos, animations and four select debut feature films in fiction and documentary.
DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (USA)
6 – 16 September
DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. Films of every genre and niche are selected for competition screenings. After each screening, filmmakers have the opportunity to speak to the audience as part of a moderated panel, building an atmosphere of community and developing relationships between artist, audience and film professionals.
18 – 19 September
The aim of the Hackney Film Festivalis to create a rich film culture within the London borough of Hackney by providing a platform for local filmmakers and audio-visual artists to have their works exhibited to the community and a wider London audience.
18th – 23rd September
The umbrella title for two of the UK’s leading film festivals Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters.
22 – 23 September
A showcase for short films and music.
BRANCHAGE (Channel Islands)
23 – 26 September
Branchage is a young, ambitious and imaginative film festival combining cutting-edge commissions and creative programming with all that’s charming about Jersey. A hotbed for new talent, Branchage programmes an extensive short film strand, new independent features, industry panels, educational workshops and several parties and networking events.
26th September – 7th October
The Raindance Film Festival is an independent film festival dedicated to fostering and promoting independent film and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.
EDMONTON FILM FESTIVAL (Canada)
28th September – 6th October
Ainternational, independent and eye-opening. Our Festival is about ‘discovery’. We strive to uncover cinematic gems and celebrate unique new voices in independent filmmaking. EIFF is about films and the people who make them.
KERRY FILM FESTIVAL (IRELAND)
A wealth of the best Irish and International Short Films. The main feature of the festival is the short film competition which focuses on young filmmakers.
VIEW CONFERENCE (Italy)
16th – 19th October
VIEWFest is an international festival on 3D cinema and animation celebrated in the city of Turin.
In 2012, they will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping through cinema.
12th – 27th October
The LIFF is the UK’s largest public film event, screening more than 300 features, documentaries and shorts from almost 50 countries. The Festival showcases the best of world cinema to and presents the finest contemporary international cinema from both established and emerging film-makers.
ONE DOT ZERO (UK)
10 – 14 November
onedotzero is a London-based moving image and digital arts organisation which commissions, showcases and promotes innovation across all aspects of moving image, digital and interactive arts.
UNDERWIRE FESTIVAL (UK)
20th – 24th November
Festival of short films recognising the raw filmmaking talent of females in the film industry and the need for diverse representation of women on our screens.
We are adding to this page continuously so feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if we’ve missed anything.