Dedicated to discovering and showcasing the
best filmmaking talent from around the world

Colchester Film Festival is an international short film festival that takes place annually in Colchester.

The festival gives audiences the chance to watch the best new short films from some of the finest filmmakers across the globe, including World, European and UK premieres. We pride ourselves on curating an eclectic yet accessible programme with something for everyone to enjoy.

Alongside the films we host a programme of workshops and master classes from top film industry professionals. Previous guest speakers have included Academy Award and BAFTA winning producers, directors, writers and actors. Our aim is to give audiences an insight into the creative process behind film production and to inspire the next generation of filmmaking talent.

The 60 Hour Film Challenge takes place annually and is FREE for anyone to enter.

We challenge filmmakers from around the world to write, shoot and edit a film in just 60 hours. All the filmmakers are given is a title, line of dialogue and a prop/action which must be included in their final film, the rest is up to you.

The winners and runners up of the challenge receive a variety of prizes from some of the world’s biggest film equipment and software manufactures with the shortlisted films being screened at Colchester Film Festival. Previous winners have gone onto achieve unprecedented success, direct feature films and get noticed by major production companies.