Submit your film

Given the uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic we are going to be an online festival in 2021. However, we want to put on a live event if we can. We will make a final decision on this based on the situation in spring 2021.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: 24 December 2020




We are also accepting submissions via FilmFreeway:


  • UK Adult Shorts
  • UK Young Adult Shorts
  • UK Documentary Shorts
  • Adventure Shorts – Non-fiction short films with the theme of adventure, travel and/or sports


  • Short films eligibility
    • UK Adult Shorts – director aged 19 years or older.
    • UK Young Adult Shorts – director aged 18 years (or younger) or director in higher education.
    • Films should have been completed in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
    • Films should be under 30 minutes in duration.
    • Filmmakers for the UK categories should be resident in the United Kingdom.
    • Entries for the Adventure Shorts category can be made from filmmakers based anywhere.
  • All non-English language films should have English subtitles.
  • All rights, permissions and clearances must be obtained prior to submission in accordance with UK copyright laws.
  • A film should only be submitted in ONE category.
  • For the age-specific categories the director should be of the appropriate age at the time the film was completed.


  • Films should be submitted on DVD/Blu-ray or via FilmFreeway.
  • Films should be submitted with contact details (including email) and the running time of the film.
  • We are particularly interested in films made in Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent or Hampshire. If you have a link to one of these counties let us know in your submission.
  • Submitted films will not be returned since we don’t have the budget.

Fees: Entry fees depend on the category.

  • Short films fees
    • Entry is FREE to everyone who submits their film by post.
    • Entry is FREE for filmmakers aged 18 years or younger via FilmFreeway.
    • Entry is FREE for any filmmakers with links to Surrey via FilmFreeway. Contact us for the fee waiver code.
    • Entry is £10 via FilmFreeway.

Delivery address: DVD screeners with a completed entry form should be sent to the following address:

Dorking Film Festival
Ground Floor, Octagon House
20 Hook Road
KT19 8TR

Receipt of submission:

  • If you would like to receive confirmation that we have received your submission please indicate this on the submissions form.

Selection & screening:

  • Selection will be conducted by the Dorking Film Festival team.
  • Our word is final.
  • We aim to inform successful applicants by 30 April 2021.
  • Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

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