2017 Submissions Closed

Submissions for Colchester Film Festival 2017 are now closed. Thankyou to everyone who has submitted to this years film festival, our team are currently viewing the entries and hope to be in contact before the beginning of October. If you were unable to submit this year we’ll be open again for submissions in 2018.

The festival is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best filmmaking talent from the UK and around the world. The previous festival received a record number of feature and short film entries and we look forward to reviewing the 2017 submissions.

Submissions through FilmFreeway  (link below).

Deadlines and fees

Date Deadline Short Fee
1 March – 1 June (Midnight PST) Regular deadline $5
2 June – 1 July (Midnight PST) Late deadline $10


Colchester Film Festival accepts any genre of film in following categories:

Narrative and Documentary Short (all under 26 minutes, including credits)

Submission eligibility and format

– All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2015.
– Experimental film, music videos and film trailers are not eligible.
– Films must either be English language or have English subtitles.
– Films must be submitted through FilmFreeway.
– Filmmakers may submit more than one film.


We hope to inform all submitting parties, by email, if their film has been successful or not by 1 October 2017.

Festival Jury Prizes

Jury prizes for Short Films: Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography