Stills from our Closing Night on Saturday Nov 11th

A last few stills from our closing night on Saturday November 11th, featuring some of our award winners, Alia Ghafar, David MacPherson and Jo Osborne as well as Simon Hart from Puppet Animation Scotland (our animated film award sponsors), the Script Pitch Judging panel of Yasmin Al-Hadithi, Eddie McFadden and James Mavor and from Iran, film-maker Roozbeh Misaghi and Carys Evans!

Look forward to seeing some (or all) of them back next year!

Thanks to Alexandra Person […]

By |December 10th, 2017|News Posts|0 Comments


Well, that’s it wrapped for another year of short film at the ESFF!

From sending our touring programmes to Tokyo and Sardinia in June, to Ireland in May and our week-long sojourn in the bowels of the old Leith Theatre during Hidden Door, to trying to squeeze a busload of Stenhousemuir FC supporters into the cinema space at Summerhall – we’ve had a busy year organising no less than 20 separate film screenings around the world […]

By |November 14th, 2017|News Posts|0 Comments

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017 Previews: Comedy

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival opens again on October 27th and It’s great  to see that some very good comedies have made it onto the programme this year and we’re always pleased to light the mood on those dark November nights!

From USA, we are excited to screen, PACO by Catalina Jordan Alvarez, A wonderfully funny comic portrait of a catcaller, choreographed with a non-professional cast and captured with disarmingly intimate 16mm photography.
Simultaneously sweet and slightly […]

By |October 24th, 2017|News Posts|0 Comments

Edinburgh Shorts 2017 Issu Programme now online!

If you haven’t come across our rather wonderful 2017 print programme (designed by the elegant pen of Federica Pugliese), we’re delighted to be able to supply the link to our ISSU copy here:



By |October 23rd, 2017|News Posts|0 Comments


We’re delighted to announce the nominees for this year’s awards for the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival!

From over 1400 films, we selected 78 for screening, with over 30 award winning shorts, films fresh from Cannes and BAFTA awards as well as at festivals internationally, we selected the following outstanding shorts for recognition:


Karsten Dahlem for ‘PRINCESS’

Alia Ghafar for ‘SALT & SAUCE’

Noemi Schneider for ‘RUNAWAY’

Roozbeh Misaghi for ‘TURQUOISE’



Gabriel Bohmer […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Deadline Fast Approaching!

In association with Puppet Animation Scotland & The Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival is offering cash prizes and industry mentoring to the film-maker who wins the Best Film AND the best Animation at this year’s ESFF!

We’re also curating for film festivals across the world including
Barcelona, DC Shorts in Washington, Fastnet Film Festival in Ireland and the Sardinia Film Festival and the winning films would be included in the programme for our […]

By |June 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

More stills from our Hidden Door nights last Saturday & Tuesday

Here’s a few more stills from our nights at Hidden Door last Saturday and Tuesday evenings,

thanks to Alexandra Person for the photographs!


By |June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Inside the 1920’s built Leith Theatre

Some more shots of the 1920’s built Leith Theatre, currently being converted into an arts festival.

These sad and somewhat neglected spaces were once the haunt of flapper girls, lounge lizards and ingénue Miss Jean Brodie-types.

You can almost hear the echoes of tap dancers, dancehall music and Charleston-ing batchelors, the archetypes of the 1920s will soon give way to their modern equivalents later this month!

Hedonism, 21st Century style, will it have a patch on those old […]

By |May 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edinburgh Shorts Goes West (Cork)

A Fast trip to the Fastnet Film Festival

We have been busy recently setting up a new partnership with The Fastnet Film Festival, which is based in Schull, County Cork in the Republic of Ireland.

The festival has been running since 2009 with the aim of bringing together established and first-time filmmakers to celebrate short film and short film-making in the convivial and relaxed atmosphere of an Irish village. They show the competition films in the village […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2017 Global Tour – Programming Festivals Worldwide!


The Edinburgh Short Film Festival always been very active about creating partnerships with film festivals across the world and we’re delighted at just how much our festival partnership projects have expanded in recent years!

Part of our ethos is to work as hard as we can to promote the excellent short films that we screen every year at the ESFF and the hugely creative film-makers behind them. We spend a […]

By |May 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments