Submit Your Film

Shorts Cut 2018 – open for entries

Shorts::Cut 2018 is now open for submissions.  Films can be in any genre but must be under 15 minutes in length. Please submit your film Standard Definition PAL DVD or as a High Definition H.264 (AVCHD) Quicktime file on a DVD-R/+R or USB stick (no Blu Ray discs please). The closing date for submissions is the 21 September  2018.

Submissions for each film are £7, please pay by sending a cheque or postal order made out Portsmouth Film Society or by paying online via Paypal. Every submission will receive two tickets to the screening in October, at the Eldon Screening Room.

You must complete the online form below, you will also need to submit a copy of the film on Disc by mail.

Send your entry forms, discs and/or cheque/postal order to:


Remember that for each entry you get two tickets for the show in, whether your film is selected or not, so we look forward to seeing you all then.

You can submit your film by completing the online form below. Please check out the rules before submitting.

Entry Regulations

For each film that you enter you must complete a separate entry form and a payment for £7 to Portsmouth Film Society. You can pay via Paypal using the link below, if you don’t have a Paypal account you can still use a credit or debit card. Please submit your film on a PAL DVD or h.264 (AVCHD) Quicktime file for High Definition on DVD-R/+R or USB stick. Please do not submit Blu Ray discs.  No films will be accepted if sent C.O.D. All entrants will be given two free passes to the final screening.

Portsmouth Film Society, its partners (including the Workers Educational Association and Johnston Press) and its judges cannot assume liability for damage or loss. No submissions will be accepted if postmarked after the last entry date of 21 September, 2018.

Each copy entered must be clearly labelled with entrant’s name, address and the title. All submission forms must be completed in English. Maximum running time is 15 minutes including titles, end credits and music. Longer films will not be considered for the screening.

For the screening, at least one of the principal cast, or the writer, director or producer should reside or study in Hampshire, West Sussex or the Isle of Wight, or the film should have been produced in this area.

Entrants must have clearance for all copyrighted material (such as music) in the submitted film. We will not accept films that have already be submitted to Shorts::Cut in previous years, including updated or re-edited versions of older films.

Films made in, or by residents or students in The News’ circulation area (including Portsmouth, Fareham, Havant, Chichester, Waterlooville, Bognor Regis, Petersfield, and Bishops Waltham) are also eligible to be submitted to The Guide award for the best local film. Only films completed after or had their first public screenings after January 1, 2017. Please indicate on the form whether you wish the film to be submitted as an entrant to the Guide awards.

Entrants should submit photographs or other images for Portsmouth Film Society to use in promoting the screening. Send prints or digital image files on CD-ROM (preferably high-quality JPEGs or Tiff images); do not send negatives or slides. The organisers cannot be held responsible for compatibility problems, and will not use images that are of poor quality or are deemed to be unsuitable. Please include names of the photographers, designers or artists, with the images.

Unfortunately, we cannot return DVDs or USB sticks so please do not send your only master copy. There will be a selection process, so entrants should understand that submission in accordance with the rules does not guarantee the film’s inclusion in the final screening.

In the event that your submission is selected, Portsmouth Film Society and Johnston Press may reproduce excerpts (of not more than 60 seconds) for inclusion in the promotional material or broadcast or to post or the Shorts::Cut website, The News website or to make available to other third party websites for the purposes of promoting Shorts::Cut and/or The Guide awards.

Portsmouth Film Society reserves the right to turn down material for screening a range of grounds including (but not limited to) poor technical quality, or objectionable content, such as pornographic or excessively violent content or material that promotes racist, sexist, homophobic views or other hate speech.

Submit your film online using the form.

Film Title (required)

Year of Production (required)

Running Time (required)

Synopsis (required)

Your Name (required)

Address (required)

Postcode (required)


Email (required)

Main Cast

Main Crew

Is your film eligible for the News Guide Award?

Please list the music used in the film and indicate that you have clearance to use it in your film.

Music 1:


Music 2:


Music 3


Music 4


Music 5:


If music is either licenced, in the public domain, used under the Creative Commons licence, or you believe it is covered by Fair Dealing, please explain in a written statement below. Failure to account for music heard in the film here will lead to your film being rejected.


I am the owner of the film/video (Your Film Title) submitted to Shorts::Cut. I acknowledge that I have the ownership of all rights and have the full authority to submit the film to Shorts::Cut or I am duly authorised to submit this film.
This film is not subject to any litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation. I will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Portsmouth Film Society, its judges and partners, including Johnston Press, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, complaints, causes of action, liabilities, judgements, losses, costs and expenses including legal fees arising out of or in connection with any and all claims and/or third party claims based on materials I am submitting to Shorts::Cut ’18.
I understand that the organisers of this festival cannot be held responsible for the accidental damage or loss of any material submitted, in the event of damage or loss, Shorts::Cut, its organisers Portsmouth Film Society, its judges and sponsors will not be held liable. I authorise Portsmouth Film Society to duplicate my film/video for exhibition in it entirety as part of Shorts::Cut and The WOW 24/7 awards, and/or excerpt from it in any medium for publicity purposes and/or publish in any medium material provided for publicity purposes on the understanding that the whole film will not be shown or distributed in any other context without my prior permission.
In the event that my film/video is selected by the judges I authorise Portsmouth Film Society and Johnston Press to reproduce excerpts (of not more than 60 seconds) for inclusion in the promotional material, or for broadcast, or to post or the Shorts::Cut website, The News website or to make available to other third party websites for the purposes of promoting Shorts::Cut and/or The WOW 24/7 awards. I authorise organisers hosting Shorts::Cut to make use of and/or publish materials provided for publicity purposes.
To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true.

Name (required)

Date (required)

By ticking this box, I accept that all statements I have made are true and agree that my submission is in line with all Shorts Cut '16 rules and regulation. (required)

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