Syn Festival invites UK based filmmakers to participate with short films and moving image work that explores the theme of Utopia or Dystopia in the Short Film Night of Syn Festival 2019 that will take place at Summerhall on the 23rd March 2019.

Deadline for submissions: 20 February 2019, 11:59 pm.

Submission Form

• Open to filmmakers at any stage of their career working with various film forms and genres (animation, fiction, documentary, experimental etc.)
• Open to artists living anywhere in the UK.

How to Apply:
• Applicants should download and complete the Submission Form (Here) and email it to
• Films should be submitted as links to web hosts such as Vimeo, YouTube or similar. For the film selection stage festival doesn’t accept files that require a download (e.g. WeTransfer). If the film is accepted for the programme, the screening copy has to be submitted by 28th of February 2019. The accepted screening format is MP4.
• Short films can be up to 20 minutes in duration including credits.
• Films that are not in English should have English subtitles.
• You must hold all the rights to the images and audio in the films.
• Application deadline: 20 February 2019, 11.59 pm.
• No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.

The selected filmmakers will be invited to participate in a Q&A session at Summerhall on the 23rd of March. Participation is optional.
For further information please contact Chrysa Karagianni at or visit

About Syn Festival’s Current Theme:
This year, Syn Festival draws inspiration from Utopia. In 1516, the statesman and poet Thomas More published Utopia, a description of an ideal island nation. A century later, Francis Bacon wrote the novel New Atlantis (1627), a story about an isolated self-providing mythical island, in which the inhabitants “constructed” an ideal society, cutting itself off from the rest of the world. Today, five centuries after More’s vision, the discourse on utopia seems more pertinent than ever and concerns almost every aspect of public life. Undoubtedly, in Britain, the 2016 referendum brought the political rhetoric of utopia back to the surface, dividing collective consciousness in a catholic manner. On the one hand, the majority (going by the result at least) regarded Brexit as an opportunity to attain utopia and envisaged the UK as an isolated island which would burst forth in growth, fuelled exclusively by its own resources. For others, Brexit’s utopia constitutes an absolute dystopia and lays the ground for a dreary reality in which polyphony is forbidden and multiculturality is condemned.