Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

This year we are accepting mid-length films between 20-35 minutes as well as short films up to 20 minutes, and we'll be dishing out the following 7 coveted awards at the end of the festival:

  • the Short Film Award: recognises the most outstanding piece of work across all genres. Selected by the short film jury (£1,000 CASH PRIZE);
  • the WTF Award: hails the film which is the most innovative and extraordinary. It recognises vision, boldness, and originality. Selected by the short film jury (CASH PRIZE);
  • the Audience Award: the crowds’ favourite;
  • the Colour Box Award: celebrating the best short in our family programme awarded by the Colour Box jury;
  • the Colour Box Audience Award: the kids’ favourite;
  • the Optical Sound Short Film Award: awarded to the best audio related short film;
  • the Screendance Award: championing spectacular and innovative dance and movement within the moving image (CASH PRIZE).

The film selected by the short film jury as the winner of the Short Film Award will receive £1,000, and there will also be cash prizes for both the WTF and Screendance Awards (details of which will be announced before end of December 2020). All successful submissions will be included in the programme at Flatpack no.15.

Short film submissions should be:

  • under 20 minutes long;
  • completed since July 2018;
  • fully cleared, including any music rights.

Mid-length film submissions should be:

  • between 20-35 minutes long;
  • completed since July 2018;
  • fully cleared, including any music rights.

We screen all types and genres of film but you can see the previous winners from the last four festivals here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. If you’d like to submit, please complete the form on the FilmFreeway link below and you’ll be redirected to paypal to make the submission payment. Please note that any submissions received without the fee will not be considered.

Submission Fees Earlybird short film submission fee: £15 Standard short film submission fee: £20 Earlybird mid-length submission fee: £20 Standard mid-length submission fee: £25

The deadline for earlybird submissions is 11:59pm, Thursday 31 January 2020, and the final deadline is Sunday 31 January 2021

COVID 19 We are very much planning for a physical festival, but will continue to monitor the situation over the next few months. Like pretty much all festivals we are also looking into options for a hybrid festival if need be, but if there are any changes made to the festival format, we will liaise with all filmmakers at the earliest opportunity.

We also understand that the pandemic has had an impact on filmmaking around the world and has halted numerous productions. As a result, we are amending our criteria so that films need to be completed by no earlier than July 2018, rather than January 2019. Please note though, you cannot submit any films that have previously been submitted to the festival.

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