EVERYTHING STARTS WITH STORY...
The inaugural London International STORY FIRST Film Festival took place in January 2018 at Whirled cinema, a fantastic independent boutique cinema in South London.
As filmmakers ourselves, we believe that great storytelling lies at the heart of good films. We think a compelling, entertaining or provoking story, with memorable characters & performances, is more important than the camera used on the film, or the lighting budget, or much else for that matter (except sound; good sound is vital).
We also understand that for emerging or Indie filmmakers it can be frustrating to see only the shiniest shorts; those with huge budgets shot on six-figure cameras, making it into festivals and receiving awards. We also believe film festivals need to do more to address inequality in the industry - we've been to too many where only 10-20% of acceptances are by women and there's very little ethnic diversity.
That's why we started the London International STORY FIRST Film Festival & Awards. We believe that a great story should be the key to a successful film. We wanted to be able to reward filmmakers for their storytelling abilities rather than their proximity to oodles of cash. We aim for a festival that is 50% gender-balanced and represents a diverse range of filmmakers.
We're looking for Fiction short films, 20 mins and under, (up to 25 mins in exceptional circumstances) in the following categories:
- BEST COMEDY
- BEST DRAMA
- BEST GENRE FILM (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller)
Submissions for our 2019 festival are now open. Click here to submit.
We also offer the option to have a review written about your film, regardless of selection. These reviews will be published on this website.
And also: we don't believe in charging filmmakers a fortune to submit. We keep our submission fees low to encourage submissions from productions that may not have the backing of big production companies or a wealthy relative!
Sounds good? If you have a short film that you think fits the bill, Submit it to us.