The Short Cinema is an annual short film festival held at Phoenix, Leicester showcasing established and emerging talent from across the world with a strong focus on Midlands makers.


Offering an exciting mix of films irrespective of genre, style or budget, The Short Cinema provides local writers, producers and directors with the opportunity to exhibit their work on the big screen to a discerning audience of film-lovers.


The festival also provides filmmakers with an opportunity to meet and discuss their work with their peers, strengthening bonds with the Midlands film-making community alongside public screenings curated by partners.


Over the last twelve years, The Short Cinema has grown from a small grassroots pop-up screening to a much bigger (still grassroots) festival. Its aim is to continue this growth, exploring and providing new opportunities for anyone involved in Midlands film to develop and exhibit their work, both in the region and around the world and celebrate short film as an art form in its own right.




We here at The Short Cinema have an unrelenting commitment to celebrating talent, tackling under-representation and creating a safe, supportive environment.


We are working with partners and national organisations to try and create a programme reflective of our community and encourage talent from underrepresented groups to take up space in our programme. We realise this will take time to achieve but enough small steps turn into great leaps eventually.


We do our very best but we're a small group of creatives with limited resources and we know the best way to uphold our commitment is to be open, responsive and listen to the feedback of our audiences, so if you have any feedback or advice on how we can continue to deliver the festival in line with our ethos please get in touch via info@theshortcinema.co.uk 




We are an international film festival with proud local history and a dedication to showcasing the great talent in the Midlands region, the UK and from across the world.


We are really keen on the planet so try to keep our festival as environmentally friendly as possible and this year have decided to do away with gift bags in favour of using the money we would have spent on these on additional programming.


We try to work with local providers and freelancers and put the money we spend on the festival back into the local community and support our region's creative economy. 

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