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?
There is no definitive answer to this but what is the most important is if it is funny. Of course that is massively subjective but we have been getting it right for years. We do look for variety, we’ve screened films from ten seconds to over fifteen minutes. We abide by the unwritten rule that the shorter the better.
Submissions from all backgrounds of life is highly encouraged, particularly those from BAME origin and female led films.
All footage and music must be original content unless copyright has been obtained. Material of a racist, sexist and unethical material will be immediately disqualified.
Submissions for 2020 are now closed. Submissions for 2021 will open later in the year of 2020.
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We accept that short films and sketches have a life online and are essential to the career of onscreen and off-screen talent thus we do not discriminate if a film has a life online. We are looking for the very best funny sketches and narrative short film.
Films must be no older than March 2019 and the final deadline is in May 2020.
We operate that the shorter the film the better, it’s easier to programme a shorter film than one that is longer. Although our ‘Vision’ programme strand does look toward films that demonstrate a sense of narrative and directorial flair.
Non-English language films must have English subtitles.
Click below for the 2020 programme.
2020 Film Festival
Because the pandemic has thrown curve ball after curve ball. The 2020 Film Festival will be delivered via the wonders of the internet. Short Com 2020 will be screening its 2020 selection of curated films via Xerb TV from the 30th of November to the 6th of December. Whilst we'd love to be screening in a cinema. It's just not safe. But on the plus side, we are now able to reach more people and programme even more films. We're delighted to be showcasing over 30 films from around the globe by emerging comedy filmmaking talent.
Liam Tate from Tea&Cheese
Johnny Burns from Big Red Button
“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