Edinburgh Short Film Festival Programming Festivals Worldwide in 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) Edinburgh Short Film Festival Programming Festivals Worldwide in 2017 through Global tour.

ESFF Film Festival

ESFF Film Festival

The Edinburgh Short Film Festival projects have expanded in recent years by promoting the excellent short films that we screen every year at the ESFF and the hugely creative film-makers behind them. We spend a lot of our time creating partnerships and screening opportunities to show off the best short films to our partner festivals across the globe.

Great news for travel-bug short films this year then, as we have at least 5 partnerships and a whole host of extra events lined up for this year’s best shorts:


We’re delighted to be programming some of our best shorts for Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2017. Based in Tokyo, Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia is Japan’s biggest short film festival as well as one of the biggest in Asia.


We are very excited and pleased to be welcoming MECAL – the Barcelona International Film Festival as our partners for the ESFF 2017 this Autumn. As one of Europe’s biggest short film events, it’s a real honour for us to partner with them!

MECAL are bringing their best films from the 2017 MECAL and we’re looking forward to screening their programme on October 27 at the Filmhouse. We’ll also be preparing a hand-picked selection of some of this year’s best ESFF shorts to take a trip to MECAL and Barcelona in March of 2018 for their next edition


We’re also equally excited to announce that DC Shorts Film Festival has asked us to be their partners for 2018! DC Shorts, based in Washington DC is the US East Coast’s biggest short film festival and we’re very honored to be working on a programme exchange for them for our 2018 editions! We’re planning on taking some outstanding short films to Washington in September next year and they’ll be sending us some of their best films later that same year.

The festival has been named as the “Coolest Short Film Festival” by MovieMaker Magazine and screens short films annually to an amazing 9,000 people!

SCREENING IN JUNE 2017 – Date /Venue TBC

The Sardinian Film Festival clearly enjoyed our screening at the 2016 Sardinia Film Festival, so they’ve asked us to programme another night at their very busy venue in the lovely Sardinian town of Sassari. The best bit is that the screening is held open air a la Cinema Paradiso under the lovely
star-lit skies of northern Sardinia!

The Festival has been running for 13 years, screens a week of short films, interviews, discussions, awards and competitions and is a warm, hospitable and friendly festival with a great team, who ensure the outdoor evening screenings go like clockwork! 13 years and it has never once rained on their film nights so our top tip …don’t open an umbrella shop in Sardinia!

SCREENING MAY 27TH MAY 30TH & JUNE 3RD 2017 at The Leith Theatre

We always very much enjoy working with Hidden Door, Edinburgh’s own, unique arts festival! Every year, the hyperactive, hyper-talented team at Hidden Door take over an abandoned building in central Edinburgh and turn it into an amazing wonderland of artistic endeavor that spans the disciplines from Film to Art to Dance. This year promises to be a bit special, as they are taking over the amazing, 1,500 capacity, Leith Theatre (pictured below!)
We’re programming 3 nights of short films for the 2017 Hidden Door in May. It’s hard to encapsulate the festival (or the venue) in a few words, my best shot would be Woodstock for artists!

SCREENING THURSDAY MAY 25TH Schull, County Cork, Ireland

We are also very lucky to have been asked to program for the Fastnet Film Festival for their 2017 edition this May. The Fastnet Film Festival takes place every year in the picturesque fishing village of Schull on the southwest coast of Ireland. They screen short films from all over the world and invite industry professionals to share their knowledge with visiting filmmakers.
There is no cinema in Schull so the whole village effectively becomes a cinema for the duration of the Fastnet Film Festival! A stroke of sheer genius on their part and an added bonus is that their patrons include none other than Sir David Puttnam and Steve Coogan!

Apart from all this we’re also holding additional film nights at the Grassmarket Community Cinema in Edinburgh’s Old Town, we’ve already programmed Scottish and Australian short film for Scot’s Day Out in Australia, we’re getting out and about this year for sure so watch this space, if short films can take holiday snaps, we’ll print them.

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