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The Thomas Haywood Scottish Landscape Award

Posted on February 8, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (9)

The Scottish Short Film Festival is growing!

Huge film production companies come to Scotland every year from overseas to make use of this country's natural beauty which we are very fortunate to have on our doorstep and often take for granted.

That's one of the reasons we've added a brand new award to our plethora of prizes - The Thomas Haywood Scottish Landscape Award! This is to give credit to those film-makers who are able to skilfully navigate the often unpredictable climate and harness the untamed Scottish countryside (from the land or the air) to be used as an element for their film.

Apart from a certificate and laser-engraved crystal award, the hand-picked winner of this prize will also receive a completely free half-day's drone shooting courtesy of Thomas Haywood Aerial Photography, worth £350! (Terms & conditions apply).

The late deadline is 30th April 2019, so there's still time to submit here :

Hosted by the excellent William Samson.

Rising Star Award kindly sponsored by Acting Coach Scotland.

#SSFF2019 #film #filmfestival #indiefilm #indiefilmmaking #drone #Scotland

SSFF Seeks Judges

Posted on November 21, 2018 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)

The SSFF is looking for judges!

What we can offer you:

A free ticket to the 2019 Scottish Short Film Festival in Glasgow in July

A first look at the most recent short Scottish films between 10 seconds and 20 minutes long.

An up to the minute rare opportunity to see what short film makers in and about Scotland are doing and how they're doing it.

What we ask:

That you have no connection with any films entered this coming year.

That you watch and impartially score all the films submitted on the Film Freeway judging panel against ten criteria: Directing, Lead Actress, Lead Actor, Script, Music/Sound, Editing, Creative/Original, Cinematography, Costume/Make up, Documentary.

That you write a few comments to send back to the filmmakers about their film – the strong points, and some areas where they can be improved upon to assist them on their journey through film making.

That you select a1st and 2nd choice winner for each of the above categories (based on your scores) plus the following prizes:

Judges' 1st Prize

Judge's 2nd Prize

Acting Coach Scotland Rising Star Award

That you attend a judges' meeting sometime in May 2019 to discuss choices in Glasgow. (Refreshments and travel provided.)

As a guide, in 2018 we received 61 entries and over ten hours worth of fantastic entries.

The late deadline is April 30th 2019.

Notification date is May 31st 2019.

You can view and rate the films on the easy to use FIlmFreeway judging panel all in one go in May, or spread them out over several months as they come in (recommended). Completely up to you. We already have some ready to view.

Warning: If it turns out that you do in fact have a relation to a film entered this coming year we may unfortunately have to remove your input from the judging or disqualify the film you are related to. Or both!

If interested please send an email to with a short paragraph about yourself, where you're based, and why you'd be a good judge.

In line with our Diversity Policy we are specifically looking for a wide variety of genders, ages, religion, orientation and ethnicity. We acknowledge the importance of a film festival representing its diverse filmmakers, ensuring it can reach its full potential, and will do our best to do so.

Film Critic for 'The National' joins Judging panel

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

We are very happy to announce the addition of 'The National' film critic Ross Miller to our Scottish Short Film Festival Judging Panel!

A freelance film reviewer, feature writer and blogger with over 10 years experience, Ross has written for various different outlets on the subject of film, including Scotcampus, Screen Rant, The Journal, In the City: Glasgow, Row Three, What Culture, Blog Critics and many more. Ross gained his Honours Degree in Media & Communication from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2012 and is currently the film critic for The National newspaper where he reviews the weekly film releases, as well as covers the great film festivals this country has to offer.

"I am delighted to be apart of the judging team for this year's Scottish Short Film Festival," writes Ross. "I look forward to seeing what great work these filmmakers have to offer."

Welcome, Ross! Thanks for joining our team.

Entry Fees Reduced

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Today, after some research into the entry fees of other film festivals around the world, we've realised that ours are a bit high, and made adjustments accordingly compared with a calculated average. Refunds will be sent out to those already entered. This mostly affects our Medium (7-15 min) and Long (15-20 min) film categories. While a few film festivals didn't actually accept films longer than ten minutes, we do acknowledge that on the whole, we were asking a bit much.

Chris Quick Steps Down as Judge

Posted on January 6, 2018 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Due to planning to enter a film in this year's festival, Deputy Director of the Glasgow Filmmakers' Alliance Chris Quick, who assisted as a judge in 2012 and 2017, has asked to step down this year. We thank him for his past contributions and support, and wish him well with his film!

Photo By Scott Cadenhead (Headshots Glasgow) 

SSFF 2018 Opens for Entries

Posted on January 5, 2018 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On the evening of 4th January (that was quite a productive day for us) we also opened our 2018 film festival for submissions on, with entry fees ranging from £20 to £40.

The Early Bird season will finish at the end of January, the main deadline will be the end of March, and the late deadline will be the end of April. 

You can submit by clicking on the big blue button here:

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

Venue, Date & Time Decided

Posted on January 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We were very glad to announce on January 4th the venue, date and time of the main event.

Venue: The CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts), 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Date : Sat 21st July 2018

Time: 5:30pm for 6pm start.

Committee Meeting Oct 2nd 2017

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

A meeting of the committee was held on 2nd October where much was discussed, including lots of interesting and exciting developments regarding the future of the festival. However, what was also agreed upon was that we shouldn't give too much away too soon. In other words I've basically been gagged due to my overenthusiasm and tendency to shoot my mouth off all over social media. In fact I'm not really allowed to say that we have stuff to say. So unfortunately this news post is not very helpful. Sorry about that. Anyway, rest assured that although there may be times when there's not much to say, we're doing our bit to make this event the best it can be, both for new and established filmmakers, writers, actors, musicians, editors and all those behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera - as well as - audience members. We want people to leave the comfort zones of their Saturday night sofa surfing and join us on a journey of make believe, self realisation and social coming together of like-minded people who enjoy nothing more than to challenge the status quo and see what happens.

Great films, great prizes, a great night. 

"Past Winners" Page added

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

To keep a note of all the past winners of previous film festivals, we've added this page and will continue updating and improving it as time goes on.

Information about previous prize winners at the Raptors can also be found on Wikipedia and IMDb, thanks to the unrivalled administrative prowess of Glasgow film maker and editor Chris Quick.

If filmmakers would like their Wikipedia or IMDb accounts linked with their Raptor and future SSFF wins please let us know and we'll do our best to connect them up.

Think of it as a kind of Scottish film-making virtual Hall of Fame.


Posted on July 30, 2017 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The Scottish Short Film Festival (formerly the Raptor Filmz Short Scottish Film Festival) is proud to promote and encourage film making in and about Scotland, give credit where it's due and to encourage young and upcoming talent in the field. Each entry must be 20 minutes or less and have some relation to Scotland - be it Scottish actors, Scottish story, Scottish director, Scottish music etc. But you don't have to be Scottish to enter. While most of our entries do come from Scottish fiml-makers we've also had some great films from Switzerland, America and England that have happened to have a Scottish element, be it a bottle of Scotch as a prop to an extra who'd once been to Carlisle.