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Short Film Festival – 4th to 7th April, 2019

The Discover Film Awards is one of the biggest short film festivals in the world with over 4,000 annual submissions from 70+ countries, global premiers in London’s Leicester square with packed cinema audiences, filmmaker parties, red carpet events, script-pitching round tables with funding available for new projects and an annual cash prize fund of over USD 60,000, including the prestigious Craghoppers Film Prize. In 2018, the festival was voted in the top 100 globally out of over 5,000 by filmmakers on FilmFreeway.

Spread over 4 days from Thursday 4th April to Sunday 7th April 2019, The Discover Film Awards involve public cinema screenings at the Prince Charles cinema in London’s Leicester Square. Quentin Tarantino describes it as his favourite cinema in London saying it is “everything an independent movie theatre should be”. As well as public screenings, the festival includes discussions at universities, networking events, filmmaker drinks, an opening party, a closing party and awards event that brings together investors, distributors, journalists, film producers and media professionals.

Schedule of events

Thursday 4th April – Invite Only – Opening Screening- My Body is Not a Weapon

6.30pm – 8.30pm
Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY

VIP Drinks – Invite only
8.30 pm – 10.30 pm
House of St. Barnabas – 1 Greek Street – Soho – W1D 4NQ

Friday 5th April
Screening 2: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY

Filmmakers & attendee drinks.
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Somerset House – Strand – Terrace Bar – (By the Thames though South Wing) WC2R1LA

Saturday 6th April
Screening 3: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Screening 4: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Both at Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY

Filmmaker & attendee drinks – 5.30 pm – 8pm
Bar Ruby (opposite cinema)
1 Leicester Place – WC2H 7BP

Sunday 7th April

Screening 5
3.30pm – 5.30pm Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY

Awards and closing party for filmmakers & attendees

6.00pm – 10.30pm

The Hospital Club
First Floor
24 Endell Street
Covent Garden

Craghoppers Film Prize

A major supporting partner of the festival is Craghoppers, the global travel clothing brand, who are providing one of the largest short film festival cash prize funds in the world (totalling £34,000 – the equivalent of nearly $50,000).

The Craghoppers Film Prize, which is awarded as part of The Discover Film Awards, celebrates the very best talent of student and established short filmmakers. It includes one student cash prize of £2,000 at each Discover Film Awards in April and October 2019. The ultimate Craghoppers Film Prize will be up for grabs at the October Discover Film Awards in London and entries will be shortlisted from all award winners from the April and October festivals, no matter what genre or who has entered. The first prize is £20,000 in cash with a second prize of £5,000 in cash with an additional award of £5,000 for the best social impact film.

In addition, Craghoppers will be supporting UK students currently studying filmmaking in selected colleges and universities and will be seeking out future ambassadors for the brand.

The judging panel for the film prize is chaired by Jaine Green (documentary and short film maker) and includes Katie Bailiff (founder of Century Films) and Neville Schulman (adviser to Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator).

More Supporting Partners

Other supporting firms include:

Conker Spirit, who produce innovative spirits, handcrafted in Dorset’s first gin distillery. 

IPCN (International Programme Content Network), the leading Anglo-Chinese international entertainment business which brokers and manages rights, distributes content and produces programming and ad funded content for the rapidly growing Chinese media market. IPCN are looking to commission content producers to make short films and are seeking the best talent at the film festival. 
Beazley Insurance, a provider of insurance for tv & film. Beazley is an expert insurance company that insures specialist risks. It offers both fixed price and bespoke insurance for a wide range of tv and film projects. If you are looking for insurance for an up and coming film or tv project, we have negotiated a special discount rate – get in touch for more details. 

Partnership Opportunities

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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.”

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Michael Palin

“I had such a great time. What a wonderful festival!”

Lisa Edelstein

How to submit a film

Entries for the 7th edition of the festival are now open. You can use any of the platforms below to submit your film.

Past Selections And Winners

Official selections and award winners from seventh edition Official selections and award winners from sixth edition Official selections and award winners from fifth edition 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
  • Screening 3 £10.50
  • Screening 4 £10.50
  • Friday Drinks £15
  • Filmmaker’s Drinks (Sat) £20
  • Opening night £25
  • Awards Ceremony and Party £35
  • All Access VIP Pass £75


The Discover Film Awards takes place at the Prince Charles Cinema. The Prince Charles is a repertory cinema located just off Leicester Square in London’s West End. Quentin Tarantino describes it as his favourite cinema in London saying it is “everything an independent movie theatre should be”.

About Somerset House is based in Somerset House, a large Neoclassical building situated on the south side of the Strand overlooking the River Thames, in central London. The building, originally the site of a Tudor palace, was designed by Sir William Chambers in 1776, and further extended with Victorian wings to the east and west in 1831 and 1856. Today, it offers a diverse and dynamic public programme of contemporary arts and culture which has made it one of London’s most spectacular and well-loved spaces, with over 3 million visitors each year.

About The Hospital Club

The Hospital Club is a private members club in London for people in the creative industries. It houses a television studio, screening room, live performance space, restaurant, lounges and gallery over seven floors

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