The Short Com

Film Festival

Fear of Flying Dir. Conor Finnegan
Fear of Flying Dir. Conor Finnegan

This Is Why Gerald Should Be Supervised Dir. Big Red Button
This Is Why Gerald Should Be Supervised Dir. Big Red Button

Fire In Cardboard City Dir. Phil Brough
Fire In Cardboard City Dir. Phil Brough

Fear of Flying Dir. Conor Finnegan
Fear of Flying Dir. Conor Finnegan


Submissions for 2021are now open

submission Rules

 We are looking for the very best funny sketches and narrative short films, whether they have been online or not..


Films must be no older than March 2020 and the final deadline is in September 6 2021.


Non-English language films must have English subtitles


All footage and music must be original content unless copyright has been obtained. Including music licencing Material deemed to be racist, sexist and harmful will be immediately disqualified.

To submit and find out more information. Visit our page on Filmfreeway

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We are delighted to have special guest judges Ben Sharrock and Karen O'Leary judging the funniest film award for 2021.

Ben Sharrock is the director and writer of the smash hit indie film Limbo currently in theatres and streaming on MUBI.

Karen O'Leary is the star and writer of the ridiculously funny sitcom Wellington Paranormal part of the What We Do In The Shadows universe.

Celine Rouston eats and breathes short films as a senior programmer, industry relations manager and development associate for the website Short of the Week, programmer for the Palm Springs ShortFest and the Dublin International Film Festival, associate programmer at SXSW, programming consultant for Quebec City's FCVQ and festival/sales strategy consultant.


Short Com has a solid track record over the years for showcasing talent, Ben Mallaby, Tea&Cheese, Big Red Button to name a few have been previous winners of prizes from Blackmagic Design and Final Draft.


In the past, Short Com has screened programmes in some of the UK’s major cities such as Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, London and in Glasgow as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, presented by Josie Long and local legend Greg Hemphil from Still Game fame.


A keen advocate for suicide prevention charities, Short Com has raised over a thousand pounds for charities such as CALM (Calmpaign Against Living Miserably) and Scottish Association for Mental Health.


The underlying belief of Short Com is that there is a wealth of comedic film-making talent out there under appreciated by the industry and also the best way to watch short films is in front of a live audience.



So what sort of films make it into Short Com?


We place a great deal of emphasis on films likely to make audiences laugh. And we've consistently done that by the reaction of our audiences.


We welcome films from all backgrounds. Our programme decision making is purely based on whether we think audiences will laugh at a film. 

We are delighted to be a BIFA qualifying film festival as of 2021

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Liam Tate from Tea&Cheese

Ben Mallaby

Johnny Burns from Big Red Button

Karel Šindelář 

“Short Com was one of the first festivals to lend their support to my films and I’ve always been appreciative of the work they do to raise awareness of emerging filmmakers".

“Winning an award at Short Com felt like the validation that we never got from our parents”. 

“Sometimes short comedy films get lost in other festival programmes but with Short Com it feels like a perfect home that gives you a feeling of recognition” 

“I hope, that our next projects will make the audience laugh as much as this one has, because a good laugh is one of the best appreciation I know. And I also hope, that this was not our last participation in the Short Com festival“. Karel Šindelář winner of Funniest Film and Best Directed for Why So Sirius 2019

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