IWM Short Film Festival

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on people’s lives. The festival shows documentaries, dramas and animations from all over the world, including professional, student and amateur filmmakers.

Call for Entries

The search is on for the most imaginative, moving and challenging films responding to past and contemporary conflict. Our Call for Entries is open from 4 December 2017 to 27 April 2018. Find all information on how to submit on our How to Enter page, and find out more about the awards and judging criteria here. For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Festival Programme

The programme for the 2018 Festival will be announced in autumn 2018. The programme of the 2017 Festival, which took place in November, is available to view here.


The 2018 Festival will feature the following award categories:

  • The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary
  • Best Creative Response
  • IWM Special Category: Making a New World*
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Use of IWM Archive
  • Audience Vote Award


    *This special category encourages creative responses exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

The winners of the 2017 Festival were announced at the IWM Short Film Festival Award Ceremony on 15 November. The list of winners is available here.

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Past winners

View past Film Festival winners on our IWM Short Film Festival Vimeo channel.

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