As the longest continually running film festival in the world, EIFF is now preparing its 72nd edition which will take place in Edinburgh from 20 June to 1 July 2018.

Since 1947, the Festival has brought ground-breaking and exciting films from all over the world to appreciative UK audiences and a wide variety of press and industry guests. EIFF seeks to present the most creative and innovative developments in world cinema, bring filmmakers to local, national and international attention, and provide a dynamic platform for engagement with them and their work.

EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.

Please make sure you have read our full Rules and Regulations before submitting your film.

Deadlines & Fees

There are three submissions deadlines:

Earlybird - Thursday 14 December 2017

SHORT – £20.00 / FEATURE - £75.00

Regular - Thursday 18 January 2018

SHORT – £30.00 / FEATURE - £85.00

Late - Thursday 15 February 2018

SHORT – £35.00 / FEATURE - £90.00

If submitting an Secure Online Screener via Withoutabox, these are the deadlines for submitting to the Festival via the online system.

If you are submitting a DVD screener, these are POSTMARK deadlines and reflect the date by which you must send your submission. However, please send your submission as soon as possible. 

Please make sure you submit the correct fee for your submission.

For full Submissions Rules and Regulations click here

To view our Submissions FAQs click here.

Follow us on twitter - @edfilmfest / @eiffindustry for up-to-date information on the Festival.

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