Osprey Short Film Awards

Now accepting entries for 2023

What are the Ospreys?

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. At the screening the audience also vote for their favourite film to win the Audience Award.

We are now accepting entries for the 2023 Festival which we hope will be able to take place early next year.

“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, 2012

How To Enter

To be considered for the awards a film must:

  • have a significant connection to Cumbria
  • be no more than 10 minutes long
  • have been completed after January 1st 2022

We use FilmFreeway.com to accept entries. Please click through to our listing on FilmFreeway for full details on how to enter.

FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

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: http://bit.ly/OspreysNet

Partners & Sponsors

The Osprey Short Film Awards at Keswick Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

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



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All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.