About the Discover Film Awards

Voted as one of the top 100 film festivals in the world by filmmakers on FilmFreeway (voting on over 4,000 festivals), The Discover Film Awards take place with public cinema screenings at the Phoenix Cinema (52 High Rd, London N2 9PJ), one of the oldest cinemas in the UK. It’s patrons include Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin and Mark Kermode. The short listed films in our fourth edition will be screened on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017.

There are also exclusive networking events that bring together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals including a film makers supper on the evening of Saturday 30th September and an awards ceremony on Sunday 1st October at Stephens House & Gardens (17 East End Road, Finchley, London N3 3QE).

We are looking for the very best short films. There are various distribution options for short listed films and winners.

Official selections from third edition Official selections and award winners from second edition Official selections and award winners from first edition

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony is a red carpet networking event. Meet fellow filmmakers, distributors, investors and journalists in a fun setting.

The awards ceremony is 8 minutes by car from the cinema at Stephens House & Gardens – our official hospitality partner. For those with us at the cinema, complimentary transport will be provided.

The venue is 10 minutes walk from Finchley Central underground station on the High Barnet Branch of the Northern Line. On leaving the station walk up to Regents Park Road, turn left and, at the A504 junction, turn left again into East End Road. The house is on the left hand side.

Dress code: fabulous.

Ticket Prices and All Access Pass

  • Opening Night £25
  • Screening 1 £10.50
  • Screening 2 £10.50
  • Filmmaker’s Supper £20
  • Screening 3 £10.50
  • Screening 4 £10.50
  • Awards Ceremony and Party £35
  • All Access Pass £100

About the Phoenix Cinema

The Phoenix Cinema has been showing short films since its opening night in 1912. It has a mixture of architecture reflecting its long history from a distinctive vaulted ceiling to Art Deco and Modernist aspects.

More details on the Phoenix Cinema

About Stephens House & Gardens

The venue for the awards ceremony is a Grade ll listed house with extensive landscaped gardens, which was gifted for the use and enjoyment of the people by Henry Charles ‘Inky’ Stephens of the Stephens’ Ink Company. Built in 1859, Avenue House is a rambling Victorian mansion with rooms overlooking the Gardens. Lived in by Henry Stephens from 1874 he oversaw the renovation of the house; the original features included a library, school rooms and bedrooms. Today it functions as a location for celebrations, weddings, meetings, events and commercial filming.

More information on Stephens House & Gardens

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Call for entries – now

The 4th edition is in London from September 30th to October 1st, 2017. We are currently accepting entries – you can use any of the platforms below to submit your film.

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“The discover.film awards show that the Phoenix is not just a cinema with a great past, but one which has an important part to play in the future of filmmaking.”

Michael Palin