XpoNorth Submissions Rules & Regulations | Film

When you make a music submission to XpoNorth you must agree to our rules and regulations laid out below:


You agree that this is your own work, or you have direct permission for this film to be showcased at XpoNorth should it be selected. 

If you are selected to showcase, you agree to allow XpoNorth the right to use the image you submitted and links to your online profiles to promote the screening. This information will also be used on our website and printed festival programme.

Please note, films with excessive bad language, gratuitous or sexual imagery will not be considered. 

All submissions are shared with a select panel of industry professionals to establish the final list of films to be showcased. By completing this application you are granting XpoNorth permission to share the links to your film and online profiles with our selection panel to establish the final film showcasing programme. 

There is no thematic or genre criteria; it is wide open to any kind of short film and open to anyone to enter.

Most importantly, we want engaging narrative and a structured piece of work with good storytelling and strong production values. Installations and conceptual films are not suitable; films from the more standard genres of broadcast such as drama, documentary, comedy and entertainment are invited to submit.

Here’s what we are looking for

Completed films up to  a maximum of 30 minutes in duration that focus on strong storytelling, high production values and engaging content. 

Screening copies accepted only via a link to uploaded film on Vimeo or Youtube as detailed. 

Your film does not have to be in full HD quality, just the best quality possible. 

Remember to provide a direct link to your film and the correct password. 

Please make sure the video is accessible to XpoNorth until Wednesday 3rd July. If you change the password of the link please inform us as soon as possible.

All of the copyright holders for the film agree to allow the festival to use up to a maximum of 20% of the material in advertising and publicity without compromising or giving away the story or plot.

Before any decisions are made please note that all submitted films are viewed by members of the XpoNorth programming team.

Due to the volume of entries received, XpoNorth cannot offer individual critiques of declined films - sorry!‚Äč

Third-party links

Please ensure that the links you submit are working and all information is correct at the time of making the application. If for any reason you are unable to provide links to your material, please email us.

Closing date for applications

The application process will close at midnight on Monday 8th April 2019. Please note, we are unable to consider applications made after the submission window closes.


All applicants will be notified before Friday 20th April if their submission has been successful.

If you are experiencing any issues with this process or would like to discuss any aspects of these terms and conditions, please email us. Please read our Privacy and Data Protection Policy for further information.

Cyber Security

Any personal information, like email address, telephone number, postal address or other details disclosed through dealings between XpoNorth and yourself will remain completely private at all times. XpoNorth will always ensure that your data is never used for any other purpose than to send communications that you have already opted into receiving.

XpoNorth’s Cyber Security Policy is in strict alignment with new GDPR and ePrivacy Regulations. We will not store or print any sensitive materials, however, where this is unavoidable, all such materials will be destroyed as soon as the requirement for their use is complete. All physical documentation regarding XpoNorth is stored in an area of the building (Ironworks Venue) which is is only accessible by core members of the team and locked whenever a core member of the team is not onsite. We ensure that wherever possible, no physical materials are printed or stored, however, where this is necessary, any physical documentation or communications are destroyed as soon as the requirement to hold this information has expired. All planning areas are only accessible by key members of the XpoNorth delivery team.