IWM Short Film Festival

10 days of IWM Short Film Festival screenings | 17 – 26 November 2017 | IWM London

Daily screenings at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm, with an additional screening at 1pm on 18, 25 and 26 November

From the Syria conflict to modern terrorism and from suffragette surgeons to war art, IWM Short Film Festival presents an imaginative, edgy and challenging selection of films responding to past and contemporary conflict.

The festival shows documentaries, dramas and animations by filmmakers from all over the world. Our screenings explore themes from displacement to fear and our special evening events offer an insight into the challenges of documenting terror and a chance to experience hostile environment training.

Six awards will be given out to remarkable films, and at each screening you can cast your vote for the Audience Award. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.

The Festival is part of Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, a major exhibition season showcasing contemporary artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001.

Official Selection

Find out here which films were shortlisted to be screened at IWM Film Festival 2017.



There are six award categories for IWM Short Film Festival 2017, which have been judged by a panel of industry experts. Films have been judged in two categories, The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary and Best Creative Response. There are also awards for Best Student Film, Best Use of IWM Archive Material and IWM Special Category: Age of Terror.

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 15 November 2017, whilst the final award, the Audience Vote Award, will be decided by the public during the shortlisted film screenings at IWM London 17 – 26 November. The winner will be announced by IWM after the Festival.

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


Interested in submitting to the next IWM Short Film Festival?

Sign up to the Short Film Festival mailing list to receive festival and submission updates.

Shortlisting for 2017 has now taken place. The submission requirements, FAQs, and judging criteria for our 2017 festival are available while we are finalising the information for 2018.

IWM Short Film Festival 2017 is sponsored by R3store StudiosOctober Films, Kings College London, and London South Bank University.


Special Events

Our special evening events explore the challenges faced by frontline war reporters and filmmakers in an age of terror. Join our panel discussion Documenting Terror: Conflict Journalism since 9/11, at which journalists and filmmakers will look at how the landscape of newsgathering has evolved since 9/11. More events will be announced shortly.



For more information, please check out our FAQs.

Past winners

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

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