Submissions open for FANS Youth Film Festival 2019

This year, FANS Youth Film Festival will take place at Summerhall, Edinburgh in November. The Festival celebrates and showcases the work of young filmmakers across three days of screenings, workshops and talks.

Last year's programme saw a brilliant variety of events covering many genres, and featuring workshops and talks from industry professionals behind productions like Outlander, Scot Squad and zombie musical, Anna and the Apocalypse.


Submissions are now open for the 2019 programme, and the Festival is looking for short films from all genres, including drama, documentary, music videos, animation and experimental, made by young people aged between 14 and 25. The films can be up to 15 minutes long and should be made within the past two years.

There will be an array of fantastic prizes for the winning films at the Festival in November.

Film Challenges

FANS are once again setting their 2-minute Film Challenges, which should be made in the context of one of three categories:

  • One Take - films made with one shot
  • Pressure - films made on the theme of 'pressure'
  • Trailers - make a trailer for a film

FANS are collaborating with the Youth Cinema Network on a further Film Challenge, Film For The Future. These 2 minute films will explore the Climate Crisis protests by young people around the world. Films submitted in this category will be screened at Youth Film Festivals around the world.

All of the films submitted in the Film Challenge section will be screened on a loop throughout the Youth Film Festival weekend, individuals may submit one film in each category and up to three films in total.

For more information on how to submit, please visit

The FANS audience

More about FANS Youth Film Festival

The FANS Youth Film Festival is designed and programmed by young people aged 16 to 25. The Youth Team are young people involved with Film Access Scotland organisations.

Film Access Scotland is a consortium of leading moving image and media access organisations that work with young people and the wider community throughout Scotland. To learn more about Film Access Scotland, visit: