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Short Film Festival – 10th to 13th October, 2019

The Discover Film Awards, a short film festival that is one of the biggest in the world, has over 4,000 annual submissions from 100+ 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. It has the biggest cash prize fund for a short film festival of USD 50,000, including the prestigious Craghoppers Film Prize. In 2018, the festival was voted in the top 50 globally out of over 7,000 by filmmakers on FilmFreeway.

Spread over eight days (four in April 2019 and from Thursday 10th October to Sunday 13th October 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 workshops, filmmaker drinks, opening parties, closing parties and award events that brings together investors, distributors, journalists, film producers and media professionals.

Schedule of events

Thursday 10th October – Invite Only – Opening Screening- Prince Charles Cinema – Spotlight on Iran
VIP drinks – The Ivy

Friday 11th October
Screening 2 – Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY
Filmmakers & attendee drinks – House of St Barnabas

Saturday 12th October
Screenings 3 & 4: Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place – London – WC2H 7BY
Filmmaker & attendee drinks -Bar Ruby, Leicester Square

Sunday 13th October
Screening 5
Awards and closing party for filmmakers & attendees
The H Club, Covent Garden, WC2H 9HQ

Craghoppers Film Prize

A major supporting partner of the film 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 of student and established short filmmakers. It includes one student cash prize of £2,000 awarded in April and October 2019.  At the October Discover Film Awards, the ultimate Craghoppers Film Prize is up for grabs. Entries are shortlisted from all award winners from the April and October festivals with a winning prize of £20,000 in cash and a second prize of £5,000. There is  an additional award of £5,000 for the best social impact film.

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

Judging Panel

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), Neville Schulman (adviser to Ridley Scott on Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down and Gladiator) and Alex Sutherland (executive producer of the Channel 4 series The Secret Life of the Zoo).

More Short Film Festival Supporting Partners

Other supporting firms of the short film festival include:

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

h Club are a private members’ club in the heart of Covent Garden for the creative industries.
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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 short film

Entries for the 8th edition of the short film 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
    • Screening 5 £10.50
    • Filmmaker Drinks Friday £20
    • Filmmaker Drinks Saturday £20
    • Opening night £35
    • Awards Ceremony and Party £45
    • All Access VIP Pass £100

About the Prince Charles Cinema

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 ‘h Club’

h 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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