Film festival

The Discover Film Awards

Get tickets for the 2023 film festival here

28th September – 1st October 2023

The world’s best short film festival hosts one of the biggest short film festivals in the world: The Discover Film Awards and has the largest cash prize fund for short filmmakers with £28,000 in cash prizes. The festival attracts thousands of film submissions annually from more than 100 countries.

In London’s Leicester Square from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October, 2023, the festival hosts cinema screenings and networking events with funding available for new projects.

Schedule of events for upcoming festival:


Thursday 28th September 6pm – 9pm – Craghoppers’ Documentary Screening

Please Note: this event and screening is at Charlotte Street Hotel, Vanessa Bell Suite, 15-17 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RJ

(Drinks and Canapes are followed by screening at Charlotte Street Hotel Cinema 7.00pm)

Cat Had His Thumb – Dir: Hamish William Cairncross 
Drown – Dir: Madeline Miraflor 
Cherry Waves – Dir: Vania Ivanova 
Kalu, Growing up Wild – Dir: Roman Willi, Matteo Clarke
Brearth – Dir: Julio Del Alamo
The Balkans Mirage: a Journey on Wheels – Dir: Nicolas Bellavance
Drowning – Dir: Gemma Whitworth
The Hummingbird – Dir: Nicolas Pouilley, Sébastien Chambard
Upstate Purgatory – Dir: Lee Phillips 
Tracks – Dir: Maclovia G Martel 
Next Generation – Dir: Clara Maria Bachler


Friday 29th September 5.30 – 7.30pm – Opening Night Screening

Please Note: This screening is at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place (just off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BY

Abandon – Dir: Jeff Hilliard 
The Stupid Boy – Dir: Phil Dunn
Of Wood – Dir: Owen Klatte
Private – Dir: Sara Mokhavat
Cat Got Your Tongue – Dir: Georgina Hellier 
Bean Feasa – Dir: Daniel Butler 
The Winners – Dir: Matt Huntley 
Harold and Mary – Dir: Stephen Gallacher 
Stringout – Dir: Ashton K Bracciodieta

This screening is followed by the opening night party held at House of St. Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London,W1D 4NQ (8.00pm – 10.30pm)


Saturday 30th October 1pm – 3pm 

Please Note: This screening is at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place (just off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BY

Critic – Dir: Richard Perryman
Merger – Dir: Daniel Negret
Departure – Dir: Aaron Monaghan
Sometime, Somewhere – Dir: Logan Findlay
Adieu Gaston – Dir: Victor Guilbaud
Requiem – Dir: Emma Gilbertson
Ode To Gertie Ryan – Dir: Karen Robinson 
Mbokodo – Dir: Nakesa Ndou
Gene – Dir: Tim Fox 


3.30pm – 5.30pm

Please Note: This screening is at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place (just off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BY

Naked Men in the Woods – Dir: Paul Ploberger 
When you Wish Upon a Star – Dir: Domenico Modafferi
Rinocerante – Dir: Tamás Lakatos
Everybody dies….Sometimes – Dir: Charlotte Hamblin
Vulture City, Wyoming – Dir: Anna Shea Keating 
We Hunt Giants – Dir: Titus Paar
Gorka – Dir: Joe Weiland 

These screenings are followed by ‘Filmmakers drinks and supper’ 6pm onwards at Walkers of Whitehall, 15 Craig’s Ct, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2DD


Sunday 1st October 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Please Note: This Screening is at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place (just off Leicester Square), London WC2H 7BY

My Jerome – Dir: Adjani Salmon
The Artichoke Season – Dir: Orna Rottenberg 
Suicide Club – Dir: Antoine Delesis
The Tornado Outside – Dir: Maria Tomazou
Tondex 2000 – Dir: Jean Baptiste Leonetti
Finger Bang Your Day – Dir: Jeff Hilliard 

This screening is followed by the invite only red carpet Awards Ceremony at Proud Embankment (6pm – 10.30pm). 8 Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2AB

At the awards ceremony all of this year’s winners will be announced including the prestigious Craghoppers’ Prizes. Arrival cocktails will be followed by dinner and awards. (Dress Code: Fabulous Attire).  

The four-day festival brings together global filmmakers, producers, senior TV execs and film industry influencers from around the world.

A major supporting partner of the film festival is Craghoppers, which awards The Craghoppers Film Prize. The Craghoppers Film Prize has distributed more than £150,000 in prize money to short film makers over the past 5 years. It looks to support the best emerging and established short film making talent. Find out more about The Craghoppers Film Prize…

See the list of winners from October 2022 here


Filmmakers submissions

Are you a filmmaker submitting a film to the festival? Entry for the 14th edition of the film festival is now open, apply here:

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