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The Smalls Film Festival

Submissions for The Smalls Film festival 2014 are now open!

The Smalls Film Festival 2014

Submissions Now Open!

The Smalls Film Festival is back! After a hugely successful festival in 2013, with hundreds of submissions from all over the globe, we're looking forward to another year of exceptional films. Taking place from 1st September-5th September in East London, The Smalls Film Festival showcases a selection of the best short films from around the globe, and we want you to submit! 


Submitting your film:

Films can be up to 20 minutes in length, and must be uploaded via the submissions link. We accept films with any budget, in any language, from anywhere in the world. It doesn’t matter if your film is already online, or if it’s not had a premiere at all, we’re just looking for exceptional films.

Filmmakers are invited to submit to any the following five categories:

Music Video

How to Submit

 To submit your film to our festival, you must first become a member of The Smalls. Becoming a member is completely free, and it takes less that two minutes to fill out our online form. Once you are logged in as a member, click the 'Enter Now' button on the top right-hand corner of the page. If you have any problems or questions about the submission process, please email


Entry Fee

Early Bird Submissions- DEADLINE PASSED

Regular Submissions- 5th May- 22nd June 2014- DEADLINE PASSED

Late Submissions- 23rd June-3rd August 2014- £22



Every film that is screened as part of the Smalls festival is in competition, and the winning film from each category, as decided by a jury of industry professionals, will be awarded:


A camera hire package from Panavision worth £10,000

One year's free subscription to Little White Lies magazine.


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The Smalls Awards 2013

Congratulations to the winners of The Smalls Awards 2013:

  • Best Animation - Hungry Corpse by Gregely Wootsch
  • Best Drama - A Girl and A Gun by Eileen Mcqueen
  • Best Foreign Language  - Voice Over by Martin Rosete
  • Best Documentary - SLOMO by Joshua Izenberg
  • Best Music Video - Without You [Lapalux] by Nick Rutter
  • Best Comedy - Pvt Craine by Ben Mallaby


Watch the winning films and/or their trailers here >>

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Girl and a Gun is the story of a young girl who finds a gun by chance. Wondering what to do with it she wanders the desolate streets of Brooklyn in her own little world. The film is the debut of NY-based director Eileen McQueen and The Smalls was honoured to be the film’s world premiere at this year's festival. Watch the trailer and read our interview with Eileen.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a shortlist for the doc short category – please join us in congratulating Smalls filmmaker Joshua Izenberg whose documentary SLOMO is on the list and in the running for an Oscar nomination!

Who won last year?

The Smalls Awards 2013 were presented to six incredible shorts. To the left you can watch one of them, Without You [Lapalux] by Nick Rutter, which took home Best Music Video.

Without You [Lapalux] by Nick Rutter
Without You [Lapalux] by Nick Rutterwhich took home Best Music Video.