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Screening a short film at a major international festival creates profile for a filmmaker and helps to build international exposure.
The relationship between international festivals and short films delivers different rewards and operates under different priorities to feature films and festival exposure.
Short films have considerably more freedom when it comes to festival screenings and they are selected under different parameters from feature films. International festivals often screen short films as a way of tracking emerging talent. Festivals like to discover talent and build relationships with new filmmakers through short films.
Figuring out what to do with your finished short film and how to get it on to the festival circuit can be mind- boggling. There are thousands of film festivals and deciding where to start is often the most challenging moment.
We have developed a list of festivals that we recommend please see below.
If you are accepted at one of these festivals, we may be able to support you to get there through our Short Film International Festival Fund.