Submissions open for EEFF2014
on Friday 22nd November


Submissions for EEFF 2014 opened on Friday 22nd November 2013 

The East End Film Festival 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 2013.  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.

Three years ago the festival began charging submission fees for entries into the festival programme. The decision to charge a fee to filmmakers was not been 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: 22nd November 2013
Earlybird deadline: 6th January 2014
Regular deadline: 17th February 2014
Late entry closure: 31st March 2014
Special WAB members deadline: 7th April 2014

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 (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 films
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 25th April 2014. Notification will be by email.

EEFF is able to screen 35mm, DCP, BluRay, and certain high-resolution digital files. Please note that DVD will only be used as a screening format on extremely rare occasions.
We accept feature films and documentaries in all the above formats. Short and medium films have to be sent as Apple Pro Res files.

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. EEFF 2013′s headline jury for Best Feature included Peter Bradshaw (Film Critic, The Guardian), Sally El Hosaini (Director, My Brother The Devil), Armando Bo (Director, EEFF 2012 Best Feature Award winner El Ultimo Elvis), Nicolas Gonda (Producer, Tree of Life, To The Wonder) and Divine & RZA (The Wu-Tang Clan). 
  • Best Documentary 
  • Best UK Short Film 
  • The EEFF Short Film Audience Award. 
  • The EEFF will be introducing a new prize for 2014 awarding outstanding achievement in a programmed EEFF film. Related to a particular ‘craft’, this award will be presented to someone graduating to a professional career in filmmaking, and will be presented for roles including (but not exclusive to): screenwriting, cinematography, sound design and art direction.

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

The East End Film Festival Office
Brady Arts Centre
192 – 196 Hanbury Street
London, E1 5HU

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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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