Submissions for EEFF 2016 are now open!


Submissions for EEFF 2016 are now open closed

The East End Film Festival (23 June – 3 July 2016) accepts all UK and international titles irrespective of length or genre. This includes, but is not limited to: fiction, documentary, music film, animation and experimental work.

All submissions must have been completed after the 1st of January 2015.  Feature submissions must not have previously been released in the UK on any format. Whilst the EEFF does not have a specific premiere restriction on submissions, premiere status will be a factor in decisions taken by the programming team, and may comprise a specific condition of an invitation to screen at the festival.

Please note that shortlisted titles for each festival award will be selected ahead of the EEFF’s 2016 programme announcement, with all nominated filmmakers informed of their competition selection by 20 May 2016.  

Five years ago the festival began charging fees for its film submissions. The decision to charge filmmakers was not an easy one, but sadly without this renumeration the EEFF would not be in a position to administrate and exhibit the level of submissions that it receives each year. The festival have endeavoured to keep submission costs as low as possible, and continues to offer free submission to residents of Tower Hamlets. Proof of address will be required. Please see guidelines and procedures for further information.

Please note that all shipping and postage costs to and from the festival must be borne by the submitting party, including those for the submission package and, if the film is selected, for all prints, tapes and additional materials sent to and returned from EEFF. EEFF will not accept COD shipments and will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. Films can be delivered and collected by hand from the festival office by arrangement.

Submission dates for your diary
Submissions open: 15th October 2015
Earlybird deadline: 16th December 2015
Regular deadline: 24th February 2016
Late entry closure: 7th April 2016
Special WAB members deadline: 14th April 2016

Submission fees
For Short films (under 20 mins)
Before Earlybird deadline: £10 (WAB members £5)
Before Regular deadline: £20 (WAB members £15)
Before Late deadline: £25 (WAB members £20)
Before WAB-only deadline: £50 (WAB members £25)

For long shorts (films between 21 and 49 mins)
Before Earlybird deadline: £20 (WAB members £20)
Before Regular deadline: £35 (WAB members £30)
Before Late deadline: £50 (WAB members £45)
Before WAB-only deadline: £100 (WAB members £50)

For Documentary features
Before Earlybird deadline: £20 (WAB members £20)
Before Regular deadline: £35 (WAB members £30)
Before Late deadline: £50 (WAB members £45)
Before WAB-only deadline: £100 (WAB members £50)

For Feature films
Before Earlybird deadline: £25 (WAB members £20)
Before Regular deadline: £35 (WAB members £30)
Before Late deadline: £50 (WAB members £45)
Before WAB-only deadline: £100 (WAB members £50)

Procedures and Guidelines
EEFF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 29 April 2016. Notification will be by email.

The EEFF is able to screen feature films on 35mm, DCP, and BluRay. Please note that DVD and certain high-resolution digital files will only be used as a screening format on extremely rare occasions. We accept feature films and documentaries in all of the above formats. Short and medium-length films must to be sent to the EEFF as DCPs. There may be some exceptions, strictly at the festival’s discretion.

The East End Film Festival’s established awards system includes:

  • Best Feature: reserved for first and second features, the festival’s Competition Selection will be awarded to one outstanding feature film, with the film’s director invited to return to the festival the following year as the EEFF Director-in-Residence.
  • Best Documentary
  • Best UK Short Film
  • The EEFF Short Film Audience Award
  • The EEFF introduced the Accession Award in 2014, awarding outstanding achievement in a programmed EEFF film. Related to a particular ‘craft’, this award is presented to someone graduating to a professional career in filmmaking, and in 2014 was presented for cinematography, with 2015’s award reserved for soundtrack and composition. The EEFF will announce the focus of the 2016 Accession Award in the coming weeks.

Please note that each award consists of a shortlisted competition selection, selected from programmed festival titles. If your film has been shortlisted, you will be informed by email by 20 May 2016. Please assume that your film has not been shortlisted for a festival award unless you have heard from the EEFF programming team by that date. 

All hardcopy DVD submissions must be posted to our festival office:

The East End Film Festival
3 Mills Studios
3 Mill Lane
London E3 3DU

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For full terms and conditions of submission, including information on receiving a fee waiver as a resident of Tower Hamlets, please visit our guidelines page here.


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