The Edinburgh Short Film Festival: Edinburgh’s accessible, friendly and eclectic short film festival, is now in its 7th year!

We’ve an exciting programme lined up for 2017, featuring 32 UK premieres, 28 award-winning short films as well as no less than 20 Scottish-made films, a total of 78 short films from 25 different countries ranging from Chinese drama and German Horror to Greek Sci-Fi, arthouse cinema from the USA and animation from South Korea.


We’re thrilled to be able to bring some outstanding short films to Edinburgh (and Hebridean) audiences this year, from the UK Premiere for Gabriel Bohmer’s imaginative animation BEETLE TROUBLE , to the multi award-winning Indian animation SCHIRKOA, as well as the powerful Cannes selected drama A DROWNING MAN.

We’re screening WATU WOTE, winner of the best African short at the Zanzibar International Film Festival and Animator Natasza Cetner’s  2D animation NERO was a Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017.  FOREVER NOW by Kristian Håskjold won Best Short Film at SXSW 2017 and EDITH by Christian Cooke features a stand-out performance by Peter Mullen among a panoply of short film talent!

JIMBO AT The Edinburgh Short Film Festival

This year, we’re delighted to welcome our partner festivals, including Mecal – Barcelona Int. Short Film & Animation Festival – who’ve programmed an evening of some outstanding contemporary Spanish & Catalan animation. We’re also working with the Scottish Documentary Institute to screen some of the SDI’s favourite Scottish docs of recent years, while we’re providing a sample of international documentaries in our Short Docs night at the Filmhouse on November 6th.

We’re also pleased to bring back our good friends at the Sardinia Film Festival, and looking forward to screening some of this year’s best Sardinian-made shorts at Summerhall.

We’re holding the finale of our Script Pitch competition where the finalists will compete for tickets to the 2017 London Screenwriters Festival and on Saturday 11th November, there’s a free film funding workshop which will share insights into accessing funding for film projects, from our partners the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund. Aimed at Scottish-based film-makers, this event is unticketed so it’s first come, first served if you want a seat!

On top of all that, we’re planning lively networking events, Q & A sessions, there’s an awards ceremony on Nov 11th and we’re excited about our usual, infamous closing night party, featuring live music, visiting guests, a drinks reception and a chance to meet the team behind this year’s ESFF! Entry is via tickets for the closing night screening.

Tickets for all our events are now available online!

The Festival will run from October 27th – November 11th 2016 at Summerhall Arts Centre and The Filmhouse.

Serval et Chaumier at The Edinburgh Short Film Festival