Bristol Science Film Competition 2018

Building on the success of our first two festivals, we’ve launched our third short science film competition this year, 2018. Open to amateur and experience film makers, all we ask is that films are less than 10 minutes in length and based on any science theme.

Shortlisted films are screened at the end of Bristol Science Film Festival which this year will be in the week beginning August 13th. Prizes are awarded to local and national winners and the BBC Focus prize is awarded to up and coming science film makers.

Last year brought us a whole host of wonderfully amazing films with a huge range of styles from animations to songs. We’re very excited to see what 2018 will bring us and invite you to submit your work by Friday July 13th.

If you would like to submit a film please follow the regulations and criteria set out below.

Competition Entry Form

Please send your completed form to us at:

Bristol Science Film Festival Criteria and Regulations

  • To submit your film, please upload it to Vimeo and email a link to the video to with the entry form attached. Please include a title for the film along with a brief synopsis (no more than 100 words) and provide any passwords needed to access the video if it is private. There is no fee for submission.
  • Film must be 10 minutes or less.
  • Film must be a non-fiction, science based film.
  • Please ensure your film is submitted by the deadline of Friday, July 13th, 2018.
  • Films will need to be in English or have English subtitles if they aren’t.
  • To ensure that your film will be compatible with any equipment used for the screenings please ensure you film meets the following technical formatting:
    Video: Mp4
    Frame size: 1920×1080
    Frame rate: 25 frames per second in progressive scan
    Sound: Stereo ACC 48Khz at 160 kbps
  • We may use excerpts of your film for promotional purposes but we will not edit or modify your film beyond that. If you do not wish your film to be used for this purpose then please let us know.
  • Films must not contain any material that may be considered offensive. This includes material of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature. Films containing any such material will not be accepted.
  • Any work submitted must be your own or work you have intellectual property rights to. We will not accept any film that has anything being used outside of copyright and cannot accept responsibility for anything submitted that does.