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Submissions for Colchester Film Festival 2017 open on 1st March.  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.

The Festival accepts shorts (under 26 minutes) in any genre and is committed to showcasing the best and most innovative new films. Please find detailed information about the submissions below.

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