If you would like the chance to showcase your short film on Film Network, then this is what you need to do.
We cannot guarantee to publish every film, but we do guarantee that your film will be watched. We expect a certain level of production standards to ensure that your film is seen in the best possible environment. See our submission criteria for more information.
what you get from us
If your submission is successful you'll get:
your film showcased on bbc.co.uk
a dedicated film page, with links to you and your cast and crew's profile pages, allowing people who see your film to find out more about you and your work
feedback on your film from other Film Network members
your film seen by our Industry Panel.
what we need from you
To submit your film, you need to be registered with Film Network. It'll take less than 5 minutes to create your membership.
Once you're a member, you need to fill in the online submission form. Please read and check you're happy with the submission rules before you do so.
The information that you need to give is:
your contact details
your film's details - including length, funding details, production company, distribution information and weblinks
a synopsis (of less than 100 words) and log line or short description (20 words)
festival screenings and award details
crew and cast names
a short fact about the making of your film
You'll need to supply us with a hard copy of your film on either VHS or DVD (not DVD-ROM) - we'll give you address details at the end of the submission process. If we decide to show your film, we'll then need a broadcast quality copy and copies of any stills you have associated with the film, preferably supplied as high-resolution JPEGs on CD-Rom.
Please note: We regret that we cannot return submission tapes and we do not guarantee to publish your film. If we do publish your film though, we will return any Digibetas by registered delivery.
We ask for non-exclusive rights to use your film free-of-charge online for five years from the date of publication. This allows us to show your film on bbc.co.uk but doesn't stop you from giving others the right to show it too. We will remove films from the site within seven days at the filmmaker's request. For full details of the rights you are giving the BBC, please see the submission rules and for an explanation of terms, please see our filmmaking guide on rights.
You must own the distribution rights in order to let us show your film. If you have a distributor or sales agent eg Dazzle Films, Short Circuit, Shorts International (formally Brit Shorts), then we need their permission to show your film.
Some film festivals and competitions specify that your film must not have been screened in the UK before. It is your responsibility to find out if screening your film on BBC Film Network will affect your chances of getting it screened elsewhere. We strongly suggest that you find this out before submitting your film to us.
When submitting your film to Film Network you need to make sure you have made all the relevant clearances to allow us to show your film in public. These include music and script clearances,location and participant release forms. To find out more about what clearances are required and how to get them see our clearance procedures section.
after you have submitted
We aim to watch all submissions and make a decision within eight weeks of receiving them. However we do receive a high level of submissions, so the process can take longer. We will contact you to let you know whether or not we intend to show your film on Film Network. Unfortunately due to the high level of submissions that we receive, we are unable to provide individual feedback on the films that we decline. See our site help for more information on the submission process.