In Part 1, you saw how best to prepare your short film for release, how to ensure you had everything you needed for promotion and how to make the best out of uploading to YouTube and Vimeo. In this second and final part, we will show you a variety of sites where you can submit your film to be featured, displayed or even shown at short film festivals. Providing you have everything you need and are well prepared, it’s just a case of knowing where to go.
Short Film Submission Sites
Short of the Week (http://www.shortoftheweek.com/submit/)
Submitting to Short of the Week very much depends on how confident you are in the quality of your film, and where you’ve already submitted. Short of the Week requires that: “Film must be an online premiere. This means your film has not been made available to the online public, so it either hasn’t been online or has been password-protected. If your film is already public, consider sending us a “Tip” below”. If you have only just uploaded to YouTube and Vimeo, there would be time to either remove them or put a password on them, but you have to question whether it’s worth it in the first place. If you were accepted, it is a good platform on which to launch your film. If you are not accepted, you will have had to wait up to two weeks before submitting or uploading your short anywhere else.
Their standards are high, so think about this one carefully. In exchange for featuring and exposing your short, they want exclusivity on the release. Make sure that it really is exclusive to them if you choose to submit here.
House of Shorts (http://houseofshorts.com/submit/)
This isn’t the most popular site in the world, but is certainly a good place to start when it comes to submitting your short film. Their submission form is just a normal contact form, so make sure you include a description as well as the link and embed code. They appear to accept YouTube or Vimeo, so it’s up to you which you use. Assuming your film is suitable for all and of reasonable quality, there is no reason (written on the site at least) why they will not feature and embed your short film on this website.
Film Shortage (http://filmshortage.com/submit/)
Submitting to Film Shortage is worth a try to see if it can become a ‘Featured Short’. There is no guarantee that they will show your short at all, and again they are looking for quality, originality, flare and something worth watching! They prefer low-budget shorts which should be under 20 minutes in length. Failing this, you can submit a trailer of your short film, which is more likely to be shown in their ‘Short Trailers’ section. Take care to fill out the form fully and correctly. Again, they will accept YouTube or Vimeo submissions.
Reddit Short Films (http://www.reddit.com/r/shortfilms)
Yes, we’ve moved on to social media, but this one gets a mention because it is a good designated section of Reddit in which to list your film. It will not be rejected or removed (providing it is not offensive/unsuitable/etc.) so you should be guaranteed some exposure. They advise that it should be under 40 minutes and would prefer if you linked to the video rather than pasted the embed code. You should get some good comments and feedback here, as well as more exposure if people like it, vote up, and share with their friends.
Film festivals are usually conducted by showing films on a big screen in front of an audience, sometimes discussing them, sometimes giving out awards, sometimes voting, and sometimes just for entertainment. It really does depend on the particular festival. If you are serious about your short film and have received positive feedback so far, they are worth considering. Note that though it is not always required, attending a film festival which your film is showing at is recommended. It is a great opportunity to network and discuss similar works.
There are many out there, but it is better to be methodical and selective rather than to submit everything to everyone. Here are a few good examples:
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (http://www.asff.co.uk/submit.htm)
This is a UK film festival, held in York in November. First thing to notice is that you do have to pay to enter. This is not unusual as it goes towards the cost of running the event. The second thing to note is that they require you to submit your short on a DVD. Again, this is not unusual, but they may request a link to an online copy as well. Their website seems comprehensive, detailed and explains everything clearly, so take time to explore all requirements and questions before you enter the submission process. Primarily, be sure that you are serious about entering such an event and that your short film has already received a vote of confidence from those who have seen it so far.
Encounters Festival (http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/)
This is similar, though is slightly earlier (September) and held in Bristol. If you are confident in your short and it has had an impact on those who have seen it so far, it is certainly worth submitting. Explore the website fully; ensure you understand all their terms and conditions, procedures and most importantly the correct arrangements for submission. Like the previous festival listed above, awards are on offer, so this is taken very seriously by lots of short film makers.
Here are listed just a select few places that you can submit your short. Search around and you’ll find more, some better than others, and some that you need to check carefully before you submit. With all your submissions, use social media to promote and share them with as many people as possible. If your film is good enough, it should promote itself as people will share it anyway.
If you’d like to suggest any festivals or submission sites for short films, leave them in the comments below, or send us a Tweet on our Twitter.