Submissions are now open for IWM Short Film Festival 2018 – a showcase of imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the cause, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on lives.

In the momentous year of 2018, when war and conflict will be most prominent with the centenary of Armistice, IWM is welcoming budding filmmakers to submit their films to IWM Short Film Festival. The 2018 Festival will be part of IWM's Making a New World season, which will explore the impact of the First World War.

2017's Short Film Festival has been IWM's most successful to date, with the greatest film submissions of animations, documentaries and dramas ever received and the highest audience figures – now filmmakers are being offered the opportunity to be a part of the next IWM Short Film Festival.

Professionals, amateurs and students from across the world are encouraged to enter their short films into this prestigious competition, which will form part of IWM's innovative season of programming in 2018.

Films will be judged in two categories, The Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary and Best Creative Response, with four additional awards for Best Use of IWM Archive, Best Student Film and the Audience Vote Award. The IWM Special Category: Making a New World encourages cinematic responses exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today. Filmmakers entering IWM Short Film Festival are eligible to use up to five films, five photographs  and three sound recordings free of charge from IWM’s collections.*

A curated package of previously shortlisted films from IWM Short Film Festival 2017 are also being shown on Wednesday 6 December at Picturehouse Central in London. Picturehouse Cinemas and IWM are presenting the most relevant and inspiring films relating to war and conflict, as shortlisted for IWM Short Film Festival 2017.

Films must be submitted through  FilmFreeWay** before 27 April 2018, and filmmakers can benefit from early bird prices – until 28 February, students can submit their films for $7, and all other filmmakers for $13. After this time, students will pay $13, whilst other filmmakers will pay $20 standard.

IWM will announce the Festival programme, made up of the most significant and inspirational films, as picked by a panel of expert judges in Autumn 2018; the screenings of the shortlisted films will take place at IWM London soon after.

Matt Lee, IWM Short Film Festival Director says, "This year's Festival has been astoundingly successful, and we are keen to build upon this success with even more striking and thought-provoking films. As the centenary of Armistice approaches, films relating to war and conflict have never been more relevant, and we are anticipating a range of emotive and compelling entries."

For more information about IWM Short Film Festival 2018 and requirements for submissions, please visit:

*Please note that terms and conditions apply for the use of IWM archives. All material must be already digitized, and further information can be found here

**FilmFreeway is a Canadian company which charges for submissions in US Dollars. The total amount in British Pounds will vary on the day due to the exchange rate. Filmmakers will also need to cover any bank charges incurred when making payment to FilmFreeway.