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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.


The Smalls Film Festival was born out of the success of Small Films for Small Screens. 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 UKTV, Western Digital, Panavision, JAMESON, Shutterstock, Lagunitas Brewing, Panalux, RED, Proper Corn, BROTHERS, Toon Boom and Vita Coco. 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.


The Smalls will launch a brand new website designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation in May 2016 – keep your eyes out for it!


The Smalls Film Festival 2016 is taking place in September. Submissions are currently open.