terms of entry

Please read our terms of entry before submitting your short film for competition.


  • Films must be between 1-40 minutes in length (including credits).

  • Only short narrative genres are accepted. Music videos and documentaries are not valid for this contest.

  • Filmmakers must have copyright over all footage and soundtrack.

  • Films must be of high-quality, at minimum FULL HD (1080p).

  • Filmmakers will be required to submit promotional stills for marketing purposes if their work has been selected.

  • Open to international filmmakers.

  • Open to first-time to professional filmmakers.

  • We accept films already submitted and/or selected to other film festivals.

  • We don't discriminate against any films that have been published online via a video hosting website such as YouTube or Vimeo.

  • All films must be produced on or after January 1, 2016.

  • Breakout Film Festival is unable to give feedback on individual short films upon result notification. We are not a reviewing festival.

  • We do not accept free submission/entry waiver. 

  • Films in a foreign language (other than English) must include English subtitles.

  • We do not provide refunds upon result notification.