Festivals & Call For Entries

Festival indicated with a U are a good alternative for underexposed, which we hope will come back next year.


DepicT! is Watershed’s ultra-short film competition, which challenges filmmakers from across the globe to come up with a compelling, imaginative idea and distil it into 90 seconds of cinematic originality.

The European Independent Film Festival 2009 (ÉCU 2009)

The European Independent Film Festival showcases filmmakers whose films demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content. There are eleven categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive festival.

The Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival

The Co-operative Young Film-Makers Festival is one of the few non-competitive young people’s film-making festivals in the world and takes place in Bradford, at the National Media Museum. Around 100 films are accepted for submission and screened every year.

Leeds Young People’s Film Festival

The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is a festival aimed solely at exciting and innovative films made for and by children and young people from the UK and the world.

London Children’s Film Festival Festival

A world-class film programme from all over the world. The lineup is a mix of films, workshops, events and hands-on film fun. The film programme includes previews and premieres, new world cinema, documentaries, archive titles, shorts, films made by young people and a sing-a-long-a favourite film!

The Media Festival

The Media Festival takes place across Greater Manchester in November and is the place where today’s media industries meet to exchange ideas, draw inspiration and build partnerships for the future. The Media Festival features world-class speakers from every corner of the converged media. The Media Festival is mainly industry focused but organises events in partnership with exposures specifically aimed at student filmmakers.


The Screentest National Student Film festival takes place at The University of Bristol Students’ Union. The festival celebrates student filmmaking from around the Uk with accompanying talks and workshops.


Young people’s film festival taking place at the Showroom in Sheffield, film for and by young people, masterclasses and lots of other activities



The BBC is supporting exposures and new local talent through the BBC Best of the North West Award.

Channel M

Channel M brings you all the programmes that are local to Greater Manchester. You can watch all the news, sport, entertainment, lifestyle and music from Greater Manchester on Sky Channel 203, Virgin Media 878 and free to air channel 39. So from the latest sporting events to the region’s breaking news stories, celebrity chat to cinema reviews and new music, there’s guaranteed coverage of the issues that are important to you.

Electric Sheep

Like your cinema offbeat and leftfield? Then Electric Sheep is the film magazine for you. The new quarterly publication features uncompromising reviews of weird, wild and wonderful films and DVDs, reappraisals of forgotten works and in-depth features on many aspects of underground and cult films. The first issue (summer) is a cinema and jazz special, with articles on Shirley Clarke, John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch and Beat cinema – among others.

ITV Local

You can watch ‘Hide’, a short film directed by James Easter and acclaimed at last year’s exposures festival on the broadband TV service, ITV Local Granada. The winning films from this year’s festival will also be shown on ITV Local Granada, so keep an eye out for those later in the year.

ITV Local Granada provides a free platform to showcase content from regional film-makers alongside the top news stories and programmes from ITV Granada. For details of how to submit your film for our Short Films channel, please email is an interactive entertainment channel that has created a unique connection with 18-24-year-olds and is an integral part of today’s youth culture. connects with students throughout the day through its screens, website, mobile messaging and events, allowing students to interact and broadcast music, sport and other entertainment content across university campuses.

The interactive channel began broadcasting in Students’ Unions in 2003 and now reaches 1.8 million students weekly. Check out their website to see what’s what and upload your film today.