The Local Short film festival, called 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 10 years ago and Portsmouth Film Society organises screenings in Portsmouth and Southsea, of short films by regional filmmakers. 

The festival date is 2PM SUNDAY 29 October 2023 SHORTS:CUT LOCAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (2hrs) DRESS CODE: BLACK TIE The festival location is Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre

Entry Regulations
For each film entered you must complete a separate entry form and a payment for £8 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 30 September, 2023 . If the submission fee is not completed, the submission will not considered for the festival entry.

All submission forms must be completed in English or English Sub-titles . 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, Gostport 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, 2022. 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. 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.
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.

  • Regular Deadline – Extended 22nd September now.
  • Late Deadline
  • Notification Date

  • Event Date 2pm 


Director Reece Berry
Director Simone Einfalt
Grow Outside
Director Bella Hunter 
Director Charlie Andrew Hickli
Director Corinna Brooke Elleschild

Paper Cut
Director Issie Collier
Frankie Gets Bit
Director Adam Nelson
The Memory of a Lie
Director Nigel Smith
Out of competition:
Aneesha Lowni