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Submissions are now CLOSED for the 2019 event

Early Bird Special of £10 submission expires after May 1st 2019

If you wish to submit your film online you can if you are registered with our online submission partners Film Freeway and you can also pay the submission fee to us via their website.

10% Discount applies to Gold Members on FilmFreeway
If you aren’t registered with our online submission partner you can get in touch with us directly at lochnessfilmfestival@hotmail.com and send us the vimeo, youtube or even dropbox link to your short film but we will not watch or consider it unless we have received paypal submission payment first which is linked below

Pay for your film submission online

Early Bird expires after May 1st

paypal entry £10

Please carefully read the submission guidelines for more information.

or if you prefer to submit by old school methods by sending us a dvd or data disc i.e mov or mp4 by post then read the guidelines and instructions below

Submission Guidelines

When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline for submitting short films to the festival is May 25th Friday and we shall be taking the guidelines and paypal link down from the website and picking from our selection. We will then be emailing selected filmmakers to send us their shorts in mp4.h.26 or mov format via dropbox or a suitable transfer site

How long does the film have to be?

Your film can be as short as 1 minute but no longer than 15 minutes, this is for our short film blocks to be screened on the Friday at the backpackers from 8-10pm and the Saturday 7-9pm at the Craigmonie Theatre in Drumnadrochit.

Does my film have to be in a certain category to be accepted?

We accept any short film of any genre but make sure you have a storyline not just live performance and make them entertaining and also smutty or Pornographic films will not be accepted but feel free to send them in for a swatch

I don’t live in Scotland or the UK. Can I submit a film?

We are looking for national and international submissions so yes. However your finished DVD will have to be in the PAL format or send us a data disc with your film on a digital file such as mov. or mp4 or h.26. Also, if your film is not in the English language then it should contain English subtitles.

How old do I have to be to submit a film?

You need to be over 18 years old to make a submission to the festival.

When does my film have to be in by?

Submissions are closed on Friday, May the 25th when the submissions page is taken down, we then chose from the selection of short films and notify the selected filmmakers about the blocks their film will be shown in.

What else is required to submit to the festival?

We require all filmmakers to pay the submission fee via our paypal link or filmfreeway and if by paypal to fill out our quick submission form to post off with your film on dvd or data disc to our address. If no submission fee is paid then your film will not be considered for selection.

Can I send more than one film?

Yes, but we are only doing 2 short film blocks this year at the most, so spaces are limited this year and we want as many filmmakers to have their short film screened.

What about copyright?

You must have copyright clearance for all work submitted. This includes any music that may be contained in your film or films. This is not the responsibility of the festival organisers and by submitting your films you give us access and permission to screen your film at the Loch Ness Film Festival event and for any promotional purposes for the festival.

What other information do you need?

If submitting by post we require 1 dvd pal copy version or data dvd of your film with a filled out form below and post it to the below address and pay the submission fee from our paypal link


Where do I send my film to?


Please note – we are unable to return your films and do not post them via RECORDED or SPECIAL delivery, we will email you upon arrival of your film

How will I know my film has been accepted?

We will contact you to let you know by the end of May from our email address lochnessfilmfestival@hotmail.com