The Local Short film festival Shorts::Cut, began in 2005 screening of short films as part of the first Portsmouth Film Festival, then called Portsmouth Screen. Portsmouth Film Society adopted Shorts::Cut 6 years ago and Portsmouth Film Society organises screenings in Portsmouth and Southsea, of short films by regional filmmakers. This year we are in partnership with The University of Portsmouth, Southsea Community Cinema, Film Crew 4u and The Portsmouth News

Please submit via our Film Freeway page

Awards & Prizes

The festival date is 22nd October 2021 (TBC) SHORTS:CUT LOCAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (2hrs)  DRESS CODE: BLACK TIE The festival location is: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AB

The Festival 2021 submissions will start 28th April 2021.

  • Regular Deadline
  • Late Deadline
  • Notification Date


Buy Festival tickets here:


£300 for the best local film award. – THE GUIDE AWARD
Best Script of the year (connected with social or community issues).
Best Student project (under 25yrs)

Portsmouth Shorts::Cut Film Festival
2020 Festival  Films:

Best Student Winner
Companion    3:33
Directors :Jack Walton, Joe Helical
Lockdown: How not to make a movie  15:00 (second – runner up)
Director: Joaquim Haickel
Don’t Give Up   8:00   (third Student- commendation)
Director: Betina Dimitrova 
Best Script of the year (connected with social or community issues).
Jade                 6:52
Director Lara Singer
SHORT LIST (after the festival audience voting): 
Bask     14:47       7 Votes
Director: SJ White
The Ugly   11;50   7 votes
Director: Philip Halmarack
Hello Tiger    8:29              14 Votes
Director: Steven Lancefield
Vestige    8:27                      12 Votes
Director: Anthony Thornton-Hopwood
Original Sin      8:28            12 Votes
Director: Chris Jupp
Window         8:00              12 Votes
Director: Adam Bastin

Rules & Terms

Entry Regulations:

For each film entered you must complete a separate entry form and a payment for £7 to Portsmouth Film Society. You can pay via Paypal. If you don’t have a Paypal account you can still use a credit or debit card. Please submit your film on here.  We do not accept cash. All entrants will be given two free passes to the final screening.

Portsmouth Film Society, its partners and its judges cannot assume liability for damage or loss. No submissions will be accepted if postmarked after the last entry date of 25 September, 2020

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, 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, 2020. 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. 

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.