About the Discover Film Awards

Discover.film is on a mission to take short films mainstream.  We are looking for the very best short films that are entertaining and tell a story. The sort of short films that people want to watch. That make them laugh. Or cry. That shock and surprise. Our festival involves public cinema screenings at the Phoenix Cinema, London, the oldest working cinema in the UK (built in 1912) whose patrons include Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Michael Palin and Mark Kermode.

As well as screenings spread over 5 days, the festival includes discussions at Universities around the UK, a networking event at the Hospital Club in Soho, London, a filmmaker supper (for all selected films), breakfast events and a closing party and awards event held at Stephen’s House and Gardens that brings together investors, distributors, film producers and media professionals.

Whilst we are the fastest growing short film festival in the world (398 entries in our first edition, 752 in our second, over 1,000 in our third and 1,500+ in our fourth), we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming to all filmmakers who attend from the 40+ countries who enter the festival. This is reflected in our “top 100” ranking on FilmFreeway (out of over 5,000 film festivals) and in reviews by filmmakers – all of which can be read by following this link Filmmaker reviews of Discover Film Awards

Partner firms include Apple, Crow TV, Envy Post Production, kit hire companies, aerial filming companies and First News Media.

Selected films qualify for various distribution options.

“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

Partnership Opportunities

As well as hosting the fastest growing short film festival in the wotld, our new app has over 30,000 downloads, we have more than 140,000 views on YouTube, and have a 400,000 strong network of filmmakers. But it’s not just about the numbers, this audience is highly creative and influential. Partnering with the Discover Film Awards offers multi-platform sponsorship opportunities that afford our partners unparalleled access to a broad, demographically desirable audience. To find out our tailored solutions to get your brand involved fill out the contact form below.

Past Selections And Winners

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

Ticket Prices And All Access Pass

  • Screening 1 £10.50
  • Screening 2 £10.50
  • Opening Night £25
  • Screening 3 £10.50
  • Screening 4 £10.50
  • Filmmaker’s Supper £20
  • Screening 5 £10.50
  • Screening 6 £10.50
  • Awards Ceremony and Party £35
  • All Access VIP 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 5th edition is in London from April 12th to April 15th, 2018. We are currently accepting entries – you can use any of the platforms below to submit your film.