FilmBath Festival (previously Bath Film Festival) is a showcase for the most creative, intelligent, and thought-provoking new films and film events, providing opportunities for new filmmakers to reach a diverse audience from the local area and beyond.

We accept entries of particularly brilliant, original and well-made shorts films of between 1 and 10 minutes to be screened before features during the festival. We accept submissions from all over the world.

To submit your short (MUST be 10 mins or shorter, including credits, NO exceptions), and please don’t request fee waivers – we are a registered charity and often working on even tighter budgets than filmmakers!

If you have not had any previous distribution (theatrical OR TV) then enter your short into our IMDb New Filmmaker Award – you could win £1,000 cash PLUS £1,000-worth of hire kit.

If you have a script for a short and would like £5,000 cash and £1,000-worth of hire kit plus a wonderful premiere of your film at FilmBath Festival, then enter the IMDb Script to Screen Award.

We do NOT accept submissions of features – our wonderful Programming Team source and select them.

All submissions via FilmFreeway, please.

Dates for 2020

April 5 2020 – Earlybird SHORTS Deadline

August 2 2020 – Regular SHORTS Deadline

August 23 2020 – Late SHORTS Deadline

October 18 2020 – Notification Date

November 5 – 15 2020 – FilmBath Festival

Fees – apologies, these are in USD


Standard: $10

Student: $7.50

Gold Members: $7.50


Standard: $15

Student: $10

Gold Members: $10


Standard: $35

Student: $25

Gold Members: $25

Deadlines for 2018

Earlybird – $10 / $7.50 – 5 April 2020

Regular – $15 / $10 – 2 Aug 2020

Late – $35 / $25 – 23 Aug 2020

Submit your film to Film Freeway above (please do NOT ask for a fee waiver, thank you)

Fees are in USD as this is an American platform

Submission fee

$7.50 – $35 fees are in USD as this is an American platform

PLEASE avoid late submission, it’s REALLY expensive

(Exact fee will vary depending on date of submission and whether or not you are a student)