Lighthouse, in partnership with Light Up Poole, will be running a Dorset-wide competition, in search for the best short film from young filmmakers. Based on the festival theme ‘tides’, we are looking for short film (from 1 min – 1 min 30) submissions from young people aged 11 – 19.

The competition will be divided into 2 age categories (11 – 14 and 15 – 19) and 12 films will be shortlisted by a panel of judges. These films will be screened in the town centre as part of the festival, as well as in Lighthouse’s cinema. There will also be an overall winner, who will be awarded £200 towards editing software to continue their filmmaking career.

This competition is a wonderful chance for young and emerging artists to gain exposure and practise producing content to fit a brief. 


The deadline for submissions is Monday 11 February at 5pm. 

The films will be judged in two age groups, 11 – 14 and 15 – 19. 

Films need to be sent as MP4’s with pixels at 1920 x 1080. 

Entry is free to anyone and should be made via Dropbox (to along with the following info in a word document:

  • Name and duration of film
  • Name of director
  • Country of origin
  • Contact details
  • Synopsis
  • Filmmaker biography
  • and a link to download a high-resolution version of the film.

You may submit as many entries as you like. Films must interpret, be based on, or convey the festival theme. Non-English language films will require English subtitles.

For more information please contact