The Discover Film Awards

Discover Film // Discover Film

5th edition

Apr 12 - Apr 15, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Any type, Animation, Children, Commercial, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Industrial, Mini-series, Multimedia, Music video, Narrative fiction, Series, Student, TV, Web
Film length Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, Other, Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description is changing the world of entertainment by taking the exciting genre of short film mainstream. 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.

Whilst we are the fastest growing film festival in the world (398 entries in our first edition, 752 in second, over 1,000 in third and 1,500+ in fourth), we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to all filmmakers who attend from the 40+ countries who enter the festival. This is reflected in our global ranking in the top 100 film festivals (out of over 5,000 festivals) and reviews by filmmakers.

Spread over 5 days, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at cinemas across London including the art deco Phoenix Cinema, the oldest 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 discussions at universities, networking events, a filmmaker supper, breakfast events and a closing party and awards event held at Stephen's House and Gardens that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.

Sponsors of the awards include Apple, Crow TV, Envy Post Production, kit hire companies, aerial filming companies, Kobalt Music and First News Media.

Selected films get the option of UK cinema distribution.
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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Oct 24, 2017

Early bird deadline: Nov 28, 2017
Regular deadline: Feb 20, 2018
Late deadline: Mar 02, 2018

Notification date: Mar 15, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 34.00 to 60.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 5.57 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Best in Festival, Mentoring, Subscriptions, Discounts from sponsors (such as Post Production)
General rules 1. Films must be under 40 mins in length.

2. By entering The Discover Film Awards, film makers are confirming that they have clearance for any music used.

3 Discover Film will not be responsible for any custom duties or charges on physical submission. Please be sure to include "temporary import/cultural exchange" and "no commercial value" on any paperwork.

4. The festival handles submitted physical screening files with the utmost of care and provides insurance of loss or damage to a maximum value of US$100.00 (or cost of replacement, whichever is less).

5. Permission for the festival to use excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 1 minute for promotional purposes is considered granted upon submission - including trailers/clips on the festival's media channels.

6. Discover Film reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and/or re-write material to fit our marketing requirement and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered.

7. Participation in The Discover Film Awards implies understanding and acceptance of the above regulations and requirements for this submission.