The Discover Film Awards
26th September – 30th September 2024
One of the world’s biggest short film festivals
The Discover Film Awards is one of the biggest short film festivals in the world with over 3,000 annual submissions from 100+ countries. There are global premiers in London’s Leicester square with packed cinema audiences, filmmaker parties, red carpet events with funding available for new projects. This festival has one of the largest short film cash prize funds of £28,000 including the prestigious Craghoppers Film Prize.
The Discover Film Awards is consistently voted by filmmakers in the top film festivals in the world. Spread over 5 days in September 2024, the festival involves public cinema screenings at the iconic Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square. Quentin Tarantino describes it as his favourite cinema in London saying it is “everything an independent movie theatre should be” – and we agree.
Discover Film looks for the best short films: stories that share a glimpse of the lives of filmmakers. This could be what bothers them or makes them laugh, of injustices, of unsung heroes, of the serious, the bizarre, the funny or just where filmmakers’ imaginations take them. All genre of short film are welcome to enter with awards for: action, animation, drama, experimental, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, horror, comedy, and everything in between. A full list of award categories is provided, below. All films must be under 45 minutes.
A major supporting partner of the festival is Craghoppers, the global clothing brand, which awards The Craghoppers Film Prize, one of the largest cash prizes for short films. The prize is awarded annually, with awards winners selected from winners of the Discover Film Awards by a panel of 200+ independent industry judges. The first prize is £12,000 in cash (for best short film from any genre) with a second prize of £6,000 awarded at the closing ceremony of the festival. There are awards of £4,000 for the best social impact film, £4,000 for best documentary and £1,000 each for the best UK and international student short films (any genre). In addition, there are various in-kind awards from sponsors. Over the past 6 years the Craghoppers Prize has resulted in over £175,000 being awarded to filmmakers.
Selected films get the option of various paid distribution opportunities including international TV, video on demand, major trains, hotels and airlines. Distribution is optional and entirely up to the filmmaker.
As well as cash prizes, winners can get help with future film projects in the form of discounted rates from partner firms (such as production houses) and mentoring from senior commercial film and business executives. The festival also introduces filmmakers to funding sources for future projects and offers publicity across a wide range of media (print and social) so enter today!
Best overall short film – £12,000 (any genre)
Runner up – £6,000 (any genre)
Best social impact film – £4,000 (any genre)
Best environmental documentary – £4,000
Best student films – £1,000 for best UK & £1,000 for best international (any genre)
These six prizes are awarded at the closing ceremony of the Discover Film Awards. All films entered in the year are in competition for these prizes. Cash prizes are actual payments rather than in kind prizes.
There are also paid for distribution opportunities, free annual membership of the Female Film Club worth £175 for screened films and Craghoppers’ Gift tokens for all winners.
Best Romantic Comedy
Best Low Budget
Best International (various awards)
Best Foreign Language (various awards)
Best Micro (under 5 minutes – various awards)
Best Music Video
Best Director Without Borders
See the list of winners from October 2023 here
Are you a filmmaker submitting a film to the festival? Entry for the 14th edition of the film festival is now open, apply here: