Submit Your Vertical FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY FOR 2018

* ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR 2018. to be notified of future editions please subscribe to email list at bottom of page (you may need to pause adblockers…)

  • Entries close 11:59pm Sunday 18 November 2018 according to your local time, wherever you are in the world.

1. First Things First


If you haven't already, please read the Guidelines to ensure your film fits the requirements,
and the Terms & Conditions to ensure you agree with them.

If you need help with shooting or editing a vertical film, be sure to have a look at our 9:16 Tips & Tricks page. Please pay particular attention to the music copyright section.

2. Get a Vimeo Account

To send us your film, you'll need a account. The good news is they're free!

To create your free you just need an email address. The free version allows you to upload up to 500MB of video each week and display them at up to 720x1280.

ⓘ We use Vimeo for judging previews and for exhibition of finalists because they're free and because they're one of the few sites that allow us both to download and to embed tall-format screen sizes without black bars down the side (pillar-boxing).

You can provide us with a larger, higher quality film via digital file transfer if you are chosen as a finalist.

3. Upload to Vimeo

Upload your film for the selection panel to view. Vimeo's recommended compression settings are available on their upload page and also .

On the same page they provide a variety of tutorials for different editing programs including DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Première, Final Cut Pro, FCP X, Avid, Vegas and iMovie.

Don't worry if your film's sideways or upright. We will download the original file and make another version without quality loss (by changing the rotation flag in the MP4 file header using special software): a sideways one for the screening, and, if you're a competition finalist, an upright one if needed for our Finalists' Showcase on Vimeo after the Festival.

4. Add a Password and make it Downloadable


1. Under the 'Privacy' tab, you may want to create a password for your video. Please remember it as you'll need to provide it on the VFF submission form. Your video can then only be seen by the organisers, selection committee, and anyone else you give the password to.

2. If possible, we would prefer that you make your video downloadable. This makes it easier for the selectors to view your film offline without buffering or streaming interruptions.

5. Delivering in HD

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If you're a or user you will be able to upload a 1080x1920 or higher resolution version of your video which will be ideal for our HD1080p playback projector.

If you're a Vimeo Basic (free) user any file you upload will play back at 720x1280, which is fine for the selection process. For the screening we will contact finalists to ask them to ensure we have their highest quality version of their film. If not, we will ask for the full HD version to be uploaded via a file-sharing service such as WeTransfer.

6. About Pillar-Boxing

What you'll see in Vimeo's own interface: pillarboxing.

What you'll see in Vimeo's own interface: pillarboxing.


When you play back from Vimeo's own page you will see pillar-boxing (black bars on the sides). See example, left. And the thumbnail may appear cropped too. But don't worry! These disappear when the player is "embedded" in a webpage (right), or is downloaded (if permitted).

What you'll see when the Vimeo video is embedded in a webpage ... much better!

What you'll see when the Vimeo video is embedded in a webpage ... much better!


AFTER you've successfully uploaded and checked your video, complete the submission form below and we'll be in touch within a week to confirm receipt.

ⓘ The Vertical Film Festival will not disclose your personal information to any third parties. However, your name, country, and details of the work will appear in the program and on our website if your film is selected for screening. 


Deadline was Sunday 18 November 2018.


STOP! Entries have closed for 2018. We will post on our blog and facebook when the next edition will be held, with several months’ notice.