How to enter

You can submit your short films through FilmFreeway, Withoutabox, Reelport, Clickforfestivals, Festhome or Filmfestivallife.

For a full list of links for these sites see: https://discover.film/film-festival/


Films must be no more than 40 minutes in length including credits.

All non-English language films must have English language subtitles.

An online screener must be uploaded no later than the deadline date to qualify for the respective entry fees.

You will be able to check that we have received your materials by checking your relevant submission account.

All files selected for screening are shown in DCP format. We also require a second file (such as .Mov or similar) as a backup. If you can't provide a DCP file we can make one for you if you are selected for screening (this is free of charge for selected films).

  • Best Actor
  • Best Animation
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Crossover
  • Best Debut Film
  • Best Drama
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Horror
  • Best Music
  • Best Micro Budget (various awards)
  • Best Non-Narrative
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Sci-Fi
  • Best Student
  • Best Director
  • Jury Award
  • Audience Award
Judging Process

There are multiple rounds of judging by our team of industry experts. For rejected films, feedback is available on request. Judging is not closed until the end date so no decisions are made until notification date.

Key Dates
  • June 27, 2018: Discounted First Deadline
  • July 19, 2018: Discounted Second Deadline
  • August 12, 2018: Regular Deadline
  • September 1: Final Deadline
  • September 5, 2018: Notification Date
  • October 4 – 7, 2018: Discover. film Awards Prince Charles Cinema Leicester Square London
I don't have a DCP file for screening, is this a problem?

If you are unable to provide a DCP we will make one free of charge for you but you must meet out deadlines (that will be supplied if you are accepted) for getting a suitable file to us (such as .Mov or similar) for DCP creation.

Where will the screenings be held?

We use screening venues in London, United Kingdom. Venues may change according to number of screening sessions needed. Keep an eye on https://discover.film/film-festival/ for updated venue information.

How can I get tickets for the screenings and award ceremony?

If you're lucky enough to be selected for the Discover Film Awards, you will receive 2 complimentary tickets to all events. If you aren't entering a film or haven't been selected, and would like to attend, you can buy tickets to the events here: https://discover.film/film-festival/

For any other questions about the rules of the film festival or submission process please contact enquiries@discover.film


The judges are a panel of industry experts with specialist skills in different areas such as animation, documentaries and drama. The panel is chaired by Jaine Green.

  • Discover.film
  • Somerset House
  • London
  • WC2R 1LA