Edinburgh 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 media studies at Edinburgh 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 – nursey/primary level and secondary level. The young people’s jury also present the films and awards at each event.

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.

Deadlines & Important Dates:

Please submit your films as early as possible – don’t wait until the deadline if you don’t need to. This allows the Youth Jury to view your film as soon as possible.

  • Friday 30th March @ 5pm – Deadline for all Primary schools and Early Years submissions.
  • Friday 20th April @ 5pm – Deadline for all Secondary schools & ASL schools submissions.
  • Week commencing 4th June 2018 – shortlisted films will be announced via e-mail.
  • Week commencing 25th June 218 Screening for the shortlisted films and the awards will take place at Filmhouse (dates and times TBC however it will take place on a week-day morning).

You can find & download the information pack here

Please ensure you complete your submission form and send it together with the film.

Signed permission clearance forms from all participants in the films will be required.


If you have any further queries regarding the competition, please email Heather Law

Click here to watch previous Edinburgh Schools Film Competition Reels from Primary Schools & Secondary Schools


Edinburgh Schools Film Competition: Secondary, 17 June 2016. Photograph: Pako Mera © EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival All Rights Reserved


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