Keswick Film Festival

2017 Osprey Submissions Now Open

“I feel it's very important for those of us who are established in films to make sure that we put ourselves out to encourage the next link in the chain. It's not difficult to put oneself out and it was greatly enjoyable watching their films and sharing their pleasure at the awards.”

John Hurt
John Hurt

What Are The Osprey Short Film Awards?

Each year at the festival we celebrate local film making by showing a selection of short films. A panel of judges select the very best of these films and reward the talented film makers the prestigious Osprey awards.

This year the competition is open to films or film makers with a connection to Cumbria or Keswick Film Festival.

How To Enter

There are two categories of entry:

  • An open category for all types and ages of film maker.
  • A young person category for film makers 18 years and under.

To be considered for the awards the film must

  • Have a significant connection to Cumbria or Keswick Film Festival
  • Be no more than 10 minutes long.
  • Have been completed after 31st December 2015.
  • Be available to view online via a private or public link.


To submit a short film to the Osprey Short Film Awards 2017 you must:

  • Make your film available to view online.
  • Read and agree to the submission and participation guidelines.
  • Complete the online submission form.
  • Pay the required entry fee to Keswick Film Club (£5 for the Young category, £10 for the Open category).
  • If shortlisted, also provide a copy of the film on DVD/Blu-Ray (other formats may be acceptable) for screening.

Submissions and entry fees must be received by Sunday 1st January 2017


A number of prizes will be awarded in different categories at the 18th Keswick Film Festival taking place over the weekend of Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th February 2017.



  • The Eleutheromaniac and the Nostalgic The Eleutheromaniac and the Nostalgic Under 19 Winner
  • Mourning

    Mourning Open Winner 2016


  • Perception Perception Under 19 Winner
  • A Bit More Sleep A Bit More Sleep Audience & Open Winner 2015


  • Animals Animals Under 19 Winner
  • Little Chamonix Little Chamonix Open Category Winner 2014

Filmmakers Network

As well as showcasing great short films we also hope the Ospreys will provide opportunities for film makers to meet each other and possibly collaborate on future projects. We have created a group on Facebook called the Osprey Filmmakers Network which we invite you to join if you have entered or film in the past of are thinking of doing so in the future, or perhaps you'd like to get involved in some other way.

Osprey Filmmakers Network:

Previous Winners


If you'd like to sponsor the Osprey Short Film Awards or supply any prizes then please contact us.

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network

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