ESFF Showcase at the 2023 Adriatic Film Festival on June 10th

We’re looking forward to presenting a programme of ESFF shorts at the 2023 edition of the Adriatic Film Festival on Saturday 10th June!

Including UNSEEN by Strath Martin
SCUZZ by Alia Ghafar and JOURNEY by Sean Silvestre.

Excited to see what Italian audiences make of these outstanding Scottish shorts!

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New ESFF Partnership with FICBUEU

We’re delighted to announce that we are planning a partnership with FICBUEU, the International Film Festival of Bueu, in Galicia which has been running since 2008.

FICBUEU have a special focus on Galician short film and 10 screening sessions, more than 100 international short films, round tables, talks, Galician cinema award, music, education and lots of activities.

Looking forward to working with them on programming so watch this space!


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Open Screen 1 at the ECVS

Fabulous start to the Open Screen project, thanks to all the animators for attending and screening their work and many thanks to Stewart Emm and the ECVS for their help in bringing some great animations to their wonderful cinema and to our partners Gordon and Abi from Clanimation.

Thanks to Neil Guthrie for the pics!

Open Screen will return later in the year for live-action filmmakers as well as animators to screen films, works in progress, early […]

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We’re delighted to announce OPEN SCREEN

A new venture we’re undertaking in partnership with Clanimation and the Edinburgh Cine and Video Society.

Open Screen provides a space for filmmakers and animators to screen their work; old, new or even just works in progress
and get feedback, advice and suggestions from other filmmakers/animators.

The first edition of Open Screen is dedicated to Animation.

The space is for experienced and new animators, beginners or groups and co-operatives.
There is no charge […]

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13th Edinburgh Short Film Festival – Submissions Open: Awards, Prizes & Global Tours

Screening the best in International contemporary short film & programming for other festivals across the UK & Internationally,
the ESFF is now open for submission for short film-makers!

We’re planning extra screenings and offering cash prizes and trophies

But that’s not all!

This year, we’re also excited to be programming showcases of our best films for our international film festival partners
across Europe.

Max Length 25 minutes, international films welcomed, all genres eligible.
Open for entries online and via Film Freeway

Early Bird […]

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ESFF Joins the 6th Shortcutz Amsterdam International Audience Award

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival is excited to be participating in the 2023 Shortcutz Amsterdam International Audience Award.

The films in competition are nominated by a panel that includes Jan Harlan, the best Dutch short films of
last year will be screened at film festivals worldwide to voting audiences at 30 international film festivals and the winner announced in Amsterdam on Jan 22nd!

Screening the Netherland’s best short films from drama to animation, your chance to see the […]

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ESFF 2022 Reviewed in Snack Magazine

We’re simultaneously humbled and delighted with Snack Magazine’s review of our 2022 edition by their film critic, Christopher Sneddon.

“This small snapshot of films shows that, once again, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival has proven why it’s a veritable hotbed of discovery. With a wonderful variety of short films that highlight established and emerging talents, both locally and from across the globe, it’s an absolutely essential experience for the discerning film fan.”

Thanks Chris, we’re glad you […]

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Thank You & See You Next Year!

We had a wonderful 2022 edition and it was great to see the cinema spaces so busy again!

All that remains for us now is to give grateful thanks to everyone who helped us with our 12th edition.

Thanks to our lead programmer, Rebecca Selby, and to our hard working staff, Louise Balaguer, Margherita Berti, Fabiana Pernisco, Chris Newman and Ryan Vallo.

Thanks also to our selection committee for their contribution in selecting the films screened this year, […]

By |November 16th, 2022|News Posts|Comments Off on Thank You & See You Next Year!

Days 7-9 Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2022

Our closing weekend went off very well and we’re so grateful to everyone who come along!
Here’s a few stills of the evening, the awards ceremony and the after party!

Thanks to Ryan Vallo and Louise Balaguer for the photography!


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Invitation by Will Samson

We’re very grateful to West Lothian based poet Will Samson for writing a poem to celebrate cinema. Will read the poem at the opening weekend of
our 12th edition and we’ve reproduced the text below with his kind permission.

As the warlords rattle their sabres
Wallowing in their murderous capers
“Kill, kill, kill.” Is their only invitation
This is not our direction

As the money hungry corporate puppets
Extend their grasping limbs
Delighting in their legal crimes
More, “money, money, money,” is their only […]

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