The East End Film Festival accepts all UK and International fictional, documentary, music, animation and experimental films of short or feature length.
All submissions must have been completed after January 2012. 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.
In the last two years the festival has had to introduce submission fees. This was not an easy decision to make but sadly without fees the festival would not be able to administrate and exhibit the level of submissions that it receives. We have however endeavoured to keep the costs as low as possible, and in addition to that will 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 January 2013
Earlybird deadline: SPECIAL EXTENSION: 22nd February 2013
Regular deadline: 19th March 2013
Late entry closure: 16th April 2013
Special WAB members deadline: 23rd April 2013
For Short films (under 20 mins)
Before Earlybird deadline (22nd Feb 2013): £10 (WAB members £5)
Before Regular deadline (19th March 2013): £20 (WAB members £15)
Before Late deadline (16th April 2013): £25 (WAB members £20)
Before WAB-only deadline (23rd April 2013): £50 (WAB members £25)
For Documentary films
Before Earlybird deadline (22nd Feb 2013): £20 (WAB members £15)
Before Regular deadline (19th March 2013): £25 (WAB members £20)
Before Late deadline (16th April 2013): £35 (WAB members £30)
Before WAB-only deadline (23rd April 2013): £80 (WAB members £40)
For Feature films
Before Earlybird deadline (22nd Feb 2013): £25 (WAB members £20)
Before Regular deadline (19th March 2013): £35 (WAB members £30)
Before Late deadline (16th April 2013): £50 (WAB members £45)
Before WAB-only deadline (23rd April 2013): £100 (WAB members £50)
Procedures and Guidlines
EEFF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 6th May 2013. Notification will be by email.
EEFF is able to screen 35mm, DCP, PAL Digibeta and BluRay. Please note that DVD will only be used as a screening format on extremely rare occasions.
The East End Film Festival’s established awards system includes: Best Film (reserved for first and second features); Best Documentary; Best UK Short Film; and the EEFF Short Film Audience Award. EEFF2012′s headline jury for Best Feature included Dexter Fletcher, Sandra Hebron, Adrian Wootton and Joe Wright.
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
East End Film Festival prefers online entries submitted via Withoutabox.com, which provides cost-saving, paperless submission to film festivals around the world. Withoutabox’s internet-only submission platform features online applications via one master entry form, online fee payments, press kits, and the option to use Secure Online Screeners, an economical, eco-friendly, and secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVD submissions. Fill out one master entry form and take advantage of quick entry, extended deadlines, and powerful submission management tools. There’s no extra cost to you, and by submitting, you’ll join Withoutabox’s global filmmaker community and stay in the loop about international exhibition opportunities. Click to submit your film today!
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.