FANS Youth Film Festival - Short Film Challenge

Film Access Network Scotland is hosting its 2018 Youth Film Festival in Glasgow from 16 – 18 November, showcasing and celebrating the work of young filmmakers at all levels from around Scotland.

General submissions are closed but FANS are still inviting entries for their three Short Film Challenges. Films entered must be 2 minutes long and made within one of the following themes:

  • Social Issues
  • ‘No Dialogue’
  • Animation

All of the films submitted for the Film Challenges will be screened during the festival and FANS are working with Creative Scotland to award prizes to the best film in each category. The deadline for the Film Challenges is Friday 5 October.

FANS film programme will be curated by the FANS Youth Team – 12 young people from around Scotland who have been working together to make the festival happen.


  • Films must be no longer than 2 minutes long and can be in any genre
  • The filmmaker must be based in Scotland and under 25 years of age at time of submission
  • The film must have been competed between September 2016 and September 2018
  • We do not accept any University or College course work
  • It is compulsory to subtitle the work in English, unless the original film is already in English
  • The festival is running a competition, but there is also the option to opt out of competition when submitting
  • All music used in the films must be copyright free or cleared for use
  • We will accept no more than 3 submissions per applicant

The FANS Youth team brainstorming ideas on a whiteboard

Are you a young filmmaker keen to submit a short Film Challenge? Here are 5 easy steps from the FANS Youth Team to get started:

Step 1 – Pick a category and think up a simple idea! Choose from Social Issues, No Dialogue Films or Animation

Step 2 – Involve your friends and family. Making films is fun, so why not get your friends and family to be your actors and crew? They’ll be great!

Step 3 – Grab your phone or a camera! Remember, “the best camera is the one you have with you” (Chase Jarvis, Director).

Step 4Get creating! Write, shoot and edit… It’s not rocket science – just remember to have FUN! It’s possible to make a film in a few hours.

Step 5 – Submit your film to the FANS Youth Film Festival here: There are great prizes to be won and all the Film Challenges will be screened at the Festival between 16 - 18 November in Glasgow.

Your film can be fiction or non-fiction, live action or animated. It can be filmed on a camera phone or using professional equipment and software. However you want to do it, we want to see it.

The only rules are:

  1. Any music used needs to be original or not copyrighted, and
  2. Films must be 2 minutes long.  

Good luck, young filmmakers!