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The Smalls Film Festival & Awards History

"Winning a Smalls Award is like scoring the short filmmaker's perfect hat trick: Happiness, support, and encouragement." Federico Forcolini (Winner, 2011)

Our story


The Smalls launched in September 2006, with “Small Films for Small Screens”, a two-day showcase and competition in Covent Garden, London. Held in association with London Design Festival and Creative Review, the event was one of the first of its kind to showcase short films on video iPods.


After the success of Small Films for Small Screens, our website was conceived, and we started annual competitions such as The Comedy Smalls and The Smalls Showcase and Awards. Over the years, we have seen the most random-yet-successful collaborations come to fruition, witnessed young comedic geniuses being snapped up by broadcasters and independent producers, observed audiences of hundreds go dead silent when faced with exceptional documentary material, and we have watched people cry like fountains when awarded their first production grant. And we have loved every minute of it.


But we haven't done this alone. Our sponsors and partners for the past six years have included Virgin Media, Nokia, Panavision, Toyota SCION, G.O.L.D, Panasonic, Film London, Creative England and Comedy Central. And we will always feel enormous gratitude toward all those who support the organic growth of our community and who help us promote and encourage independent filmmaking through The Smalls Film Festival and other incredible events and opportunities.


During 2013, The Smalls has settled into its new home inside a rebuilt and redesigned website and extended The Smalls Film Festival and Awards into a successful 5-day event. We are also proud to have opened the doors to our Pitch Room – a platform where brands, broadcasters, agencies, artists and other marketers and commissioners of content can share briefs for short films and videos with our talented community of filmmakers.


The Smalls Film Festival 2015 is taking place in September. Submissions are currently open.