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 9 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 Cinema, Film Crew 4u.

(2022 Submission starts on 1 April 2022)

Awards & Prizes

 THE GUIDE AWARD is postponed by Portsmouth News, because of the pandemic restrictions.
Best Script of the year (connected with social or community issues).
Best Student project (under 25yrs)

Portsmouth Shorts::Cut Film Festival 2020 Best Film Award

2020 Shorts::Cut  Festival winner announcement: (Delayed due to Covid Pandemic) 

‘Original Sin’ film’s Director: Chris Jupp  got his awards from Portsmouth Film Society Director Aysegul Epengin at the festival.              





SHORT LIST for 2021 Shorts:Cut Festival

To Fit In

Director Lili Giacobino            4:20    

Goodbye Freya

Director Bensalem Mitchell                10:57  

The Trail Beyond Highland Road

Director Eli Copperman                      5:12    

Bitter Taste

Director Khloë Windsor                      8:39    

The Greatest of Expectations

Director Freddie Hill                            11:36  

The Telscombe Hauntings

Director Steven Lancefield                 14:37

Well done to all filmmakers, we are going share the shortlisted films under the PFS program and collect more votings.


Portsmouth Film Society, its judges cannot assume liability for damage or loss. No submissions will be accepted if postmarked after the last entry date of 29 September, 2022

Dates & Deadlines

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, Gosport 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 award