My London: a short film competition

Time Out and the East End Film Festival – in partnership with YouTube – are looking for great short films set in London

The East End Film Festival (EEFF) returns to the capital in June (13-25), and to celebrate Time Out has partnered with the event to launch a very exciting short film competition on the theme of ‘My London’. We’re also thrilled to welcome YouTube as a competition partner.

We want to see your short films, the best of which we’re going to show at a series of screenings in unusual pop-up venues around London on Saturday May 31.

What films are we looking for?

All sorts. There are two main rules: all entries have to be no more than three minutes long, and all entries have to fit the brief ‘My London’.

What do we mean by ‘My London’?
We want you to capture your passion for London in a three-minute film. Your film can be a drama or documentary, live-action or animation. You can be behind the camera or in front of it – or both. It can be shot on a phone or a high-end camera. It can be silent or musical. It can be poetic or political. It can be about a person or a place. Or it can be just a great unknown or surprising story that happens to be set in this great city. Anything goes – as long as your film is no more than three minutes long and has a strong connection with your own personal London.

What are the rules?
You’ll find details here of all the terms and conditions.

How do I submit my film?
You need to upload your film to YouTube and tag your film as ‘mylondonfilm’ – see here for more information on how to upload and tag your submission. Then you’ll need to fill in the form below.

What’s the closing date?
Midnight Friday May 16.

What’s the prize?
A selection of the best films – as decided by a panel of judges including EEFF director Alison Poltock, Time Out film editor Dave Calhoun and YouTube star Benjamin Cook – will be screened at a one-off series of screenings at pop-up venues across London on Saturday May 31 (more information on this will be revealed soon).

The maker of the best film will also receive two VIP Golden Tickets to the East End Film Festival 2014 (June 13-25). Not only does the prize include access to all film training, screenings and live music events throughout the two-week period, but the winner will also get to see their film on the big screen in front of hundreds at the red-carpet gala opening night premiere with complimentary champagne, overnight stay in the five-star boutique Andaz Liverpool Street hotel, luxury car pick-up and a weekend brunch in east London.

Is there anything else I need to know?
Only that you shouldn’t be shy. You don’t have to be a professional to enter. You just have to have passion and energy and a desire to share your film with the rest of London. So, go on - enter! But please remember three things: 1/ Films must be no more than three minutes long; 2/ They should fit the brief ‘My London’; and 3/ The closing date is May 16.

One last thing too: please make sure your video, including audio/soundtrack, is original. If you’re using audio from someone else, make sure you clear the rights to use it in your video. Alternatively, feel free to use any of the music available to you at YouTube’s audio library at the following link

If you have any further queries about the competition, please email your questions to