Applications open until 5pm on Wednesday 8th March 2017

Do you have a brilliant idea for a short film? Would you like training, mentorship, funding and a professional crew to help you make it? How about seeing it showcased on Sky Arts?


SHORTFLIX is aimed at aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not currently in full-time education, employment or training. We’re looking for ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for Sky Arts.

Riz Ahmed, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor and Filmmaker): Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Four Lions, Jason Bourne

"Shortflix is exactly what we need right now as an industry and as a society - fresh voices and fresh stories that open up the conversation about who we are. To anyone who hasn't had a chance to make films but always wanted to - this is your chance to make yourself seen, and heard."

No previous professional experience or study of film production is required and participation is free. Selected filmmakers will receive support at every stage from industry professionals.

To be in with a chance to take part, all you have to do is apply with:

  • A pitch outlining your story and your vision for the film
  • A short personal statement about yourself and why you’d like to make a film
  • A link to any previous creative work (e.g. link to a video/recording or piece of writing)

Interested in applying? Please read the guidelines below and email us at if you have any questions or would like support to complete your application.

Ellie Kendrick, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor and Filmmaker): Game of Thrones, The Levelling, An Education.
“Shortflix is brilliant way to get into the industry, to make the contacts you'll need and gain experience. I would urge anyone who is eligible for this project to apply, not only does it give you the funding to get your short film made, it also gives you support and workshops to help in the development of your film, which is really invaluable"

SHORTFLIX comes to you:

We’re holding a series of roadshow events in January and February 2017, where you can find out more information and learn how to pitch your short film idea.

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If you are unable to attend any of the roadshows, do follow us on Twitter @Films_CE where we will be sharing application tips live from the events. You can also find useful resources, information & inspiration, connect with other aspiring filmmakers, and post questions on  Hiive, the network for creative people.

Zawe Ashton, NYT Patron and Shortflix Ambassador (Actor, Playwright and Director): Fresh Meat, Blitz, Dreams of a Life
“It’s a pleasure to support this great opportunity for young undiscovered diverse talent to get a short film off the ground. Even if you’ve never had anything to do with film before, if you’ve got an idea, get involved.”


Please download and read the guidelines below. Once you are ready to apply, click on ‘apply online now’ to start completing the online form.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 8 March 2017.



If you have any questions at all on the programme, how to apply or anything else, we’d like to hear from you. Please email us at

Joe Cole, SHORTFLIX Ambassador (Actor): Peaky Blinders, Skins, Green Room
“I’m really pleased to be supporting this chance for new young filmmaking talent from backgrounds underrepresented in the industry to get their first break”

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