Submissions open for 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival

Submissions open for 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival

A rule change leads to a greater variety of films being eligible

Now in its 70th year, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has opened submissions for its 2017 programme. The best and brightest UK and international filmmakers are invited to submit their films for screening in the festival, and a change in the rules means that a wider variety of films can now be submitted.

Before now, most films submitted to the festival have had to be UK premieres. But starting in 2017, short fiction films, short documentaries and short experimental films from the UK can already have premiered in the UK, as long as it wasn't in Scotland. (International shorts in all categories must still be UK premieres.) This means that English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish short filmmakers who have already had their work seen by UK audiences will not necessarily be prohibited from submitting potentially high-quality work to the festival.

The festival is also inaugurating a more environmentally-friendly submission process, having joined the likes of Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival on the film festival submission site, which accepts HD videos up to 10GB in size and removes the need for posting a DVD. You can still post a DVD if you want to, however.

The country focus for the 2017 is Poland, which recently lost its most illustrious filmmaker with the death of the great Andrzej Wajda. The Works in Progress section returns, which gives industry folk (sales agents, financiers, programmers and distributors) a chance to look at films still in production or post-production.

The EIFF has seen some notable premieres in recent years, including Brave, The Hurt Locker, Control, Billy Elliot, Little Miss Sunshine, Ratatouille and Inside Out. Filmmakers, now's your chance: submit those films by Wed 14 Dec and you'll qualify for the lower Early Bird fee. (The regular deadline is Wed 18 Jan 2017 and there's a late deadline with a higher fee of Wed 15 Feb 2017.) All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2017.

The 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival runs from Wed 21 Jun–Sun 2 Jul 2017.