The paus premieres festival (1)


30 Apr 2021
Call for entries

10 May 2021
Standard deadline

01 Jun 2021
Late deadline

21 Jun 2021
Extended deadline


25 Jun 2021
Notification date

09 Jul 2021
09 Jul 2021


Use Space,  M12 6PN, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short film festival
Feature film festival 180'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Does NOT have submission fees
 International Festival
 Online Festival
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films 
 Feature Films  180'<
 Any language
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Festival start: 09 July 2021      Festival end: 09 July 2021

paus is a launch-pad for filmmakers, providing enhanced live and on-demand digital film screenings, powered by tipping. With an average tip of £13 per viewer, people choose to pay more to filmmakers per tip on paus than they pay to Netflix and Amazon Prime per month. Best of all, you get to keep 80% of every single tip you earn.

We are democratising the film industry by giving independent filmmakers the tools they need to earn money directly from their core fans.

The paus premieres festival is celebrating the success of our platform and creating a virtual event on 9th July. Our previous screenings have featured stars such as Sir Ian McKellen, Russell Tovey, Conleth Hill, and included work from BAFTA award winners, Oscar-nominated directors, as well as receiving press coverage from Screen Daily, Business Insider, IBC daily, and many more.

- As the selected best top 10 of the paus premieres festival, you will be provided with an exclusive opportunity to premiere your shorts during a special screening event and live Q&A with a special guest host. During this event, we welcome friends, families, and fans to celebrate your success, and support you using our live tipping function on our app. 80% of every single tip you receive on the night will go directly into your pocket!

- Those who are shortlisted as part of the festival will receive an innovative and exclusive online 24-hour screening experience directly on our app, including the guidance and facilities to create an insightful filmmaker Q&A, and screening event. Our iOS, Android & Desktop app screenings have seen incredible viewing figures, filling the equivalent of 40 cinema screens, meaning you could be part of this success, and stream your content to a large audience (including your friends, family, and fans.... for free!)

Our paus judging panel has strong relationships with Apple, the BFI, Channel 4, Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Bros, The Walt Disney Company, and the BBC. Being selected as a finalist or being shortlisted, will not only mean that you can earn money through tips but also means that your film could receive interest and/or investment from the world's most influential streamers and production companies.

All genres are accepted with a maximum length of 180 minutes.

The films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).

By submitting the film, the filmmaker agrees that:

1. The film must be at premiere status, and not available elsewhere online (for example publicly available on Vimeo). paus can geo-block screenings to ensure we do not impact your submissions to other International festivals that also require premiere status.

2. paus can use trailer/teaser/film poster/stills and/or BTS for promotional purposes.

3. Entry fees are non-refundable.

4. The submitter owns all the rights to the film.

5. The submitter cannot withdraw the submission after the official selection announcement.

6. Must also agree to the paus terms & conditions (



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