IWM Short Film Festival

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IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films inspired by our collections and our role – to explore the causes, course, and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.

Festival screenings

Screenings will take place in the cinema at IWM London every day between Friday 17 and Sunday 26 November 2017. The programme will be announced at the beginning of autumn 2017.


Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary
  • Best Creative Response
  • IWM Special Category: Age of Terror
  • Best Use of IWM Archive Material
  • Best Student Film
  • Audience Vote Award

All shortlisted films will be screened at IWM London from 17-26 November 2017. Filmmakers will also be in with a chance of having their film screened at Picturehouse cinemas.

Prizes for 2017 include:

  • An archive and restoration package of up to £10,000 with R3Store Studios Ltd
  • A 12 week paid internship with October Films
  • 5 days free access to a fully equipped studio space or High End post-production facilities at London South Bank University

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

Interested in submitting to the next IWM Short Film Festival?

Shortlisting for 2017 has now taken place and those filmmakers selected to be screened have been informed via email.

We are working out details for the next IWM Short Film Festival. Check the submission page or 2017 FAQs for information on how to submit, or find out more about our judging criteria.

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

IWM Short Film Festival 2017 is sponsored by R3store StudiosLondon South Bank University and October Films.



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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