Submissions for Cheap Cuts 2020 are now closed! Good luck to those that submitted!

We are looking for high quality short documentaries, under 40 minutes. We are interested in the stories that you have to tell and not the budget or the equipment used to do so. So films shot on VHS, Minidv, Phones, etc are very welcome. We are open to films of all varieties; unique voices and viewpoints are always a plus.

We want to promote all kind of short documentaries but are particularly interested in:

- Women directors/producers

- Current social issues


- Under-represented communities

- DIY creations


General Rules (2020)

  • All entries must be under 40 minutes

  • Must be made after January 2018.

  • An entry that has been previously submitted to Cheap Cuts Festival is not eligible.

  • All entries must be in English or English subtitled.

  • There are 3 categories, if eligible, it is possible to submit to more than one category.

  1. International Short Documentary: Director must not be a UK citizen.

  2. British Short Documentary: Director must  be a UK citizen.

  3. Unconventional Storytelling: Films that push the boundaries of documentary filmmaking.

  • We ONLY accept short documentary.

  • Must be able to be screened digitally. (BR, Quicktime, DCP)