Please note that due to Covid-19 we are suspending certain activities, however, we are currently still accepting submissions for the schools film competition. Due to the nature of current events this is now on an open call basis until further notice (so please ignore any deadlines noted below) but we would urge schools with completed films to submit them via WeTransfer ASAP. We are also currently accepting release forms with digital, rather than wet, signatures. Any queries please see contact email below.

Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Film Competition is a partnership between Screen Education Edinburgh, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Arts & Creative Learning, City of Edinburgh Council that first began in 2008. Open to all pupils in nursery, primary and secondary education within City of Edinburgh, East, West and Midlothian establishments, the competition sees selected films share the festival limelight with leading filmmakers from around the world.

The unique aspect of this project is the core role of a panel of judges made up of young people studying at Edinburgh and Lothians schools, who work with SEE and EIFF to learn about short film watching, understanding and curation to select the films and decide on the awards in each category for both screenings that take place at EIFF in June – nursery/primary level and secondary level. The young people’s jury also present the films and awards at each event.

Edinburgh and Lothians Schools Competition 2020!

The competition is open to everyone and we encourage all schools to get involved. In previous years we have had animations from nurseries, awareness videos, comedy sketches, dramas, music videos, film trailers and every other genre you can think of.

The closing dates for EIFF Edinburgh & Lothians Schools Competition are:

5pm Friday 27th March 2020 for Nursery & Primary schools

5pm Friday 24th April 2020 for Secondary schools & Special schools

To apply please fill in the submission form & clearance form and email them to [email protected] along with your film submission.

To submit your film, send it through WeTransfer to [email protected]

For more information check out the FAQs document here or the short powerpoint delivered at our teacher info session this year which has information on music copyright and more. Also please adhere to BBFC guidelines Primary School Films should be a U and Secondary should be a PG.

Please note: films that do not adhere to our guidelines regarding length, rating, music copyright (found in the powerpoint link above) and other important criteria (outlined in our FAQ and submission form) will not be shortlisted. If you are unsure of any of these guidelines please contact [email protected]