Film Birmingham is proudly hosting a culturally significant programme of films as part of This is My City – Sports & Culture Festival.

From August 29th to August 31st, our ShortFuse film programme will move online, showcasing a selection of local films of all genres. We invite you to submit yours! These films will form the official ShortFuse selection for the festival.


 About This Is My City

This annual project will showcase the heritage, history and successes of Asian, African, Caribbean and European migrant communities within the city. It features a weekend online festival combining the universal elements of food, film, music and sport, under the hashtag #TIMCBHAM. Participants in the festival will have a platform to showcase their creative projects and innovative activities, all aimed at supporting the health and well-being of communities during COVID-19.


About ShortFuse

ShortFuse is Film Birmingham’s short film event, providing a platform for the work of emerging regional filmmakers and engaging with audiences. We have been proud to premier a number of regional films at our film nights, and opened the floor to a number of award-winning filmmakers. 

Past events at the Mockingbird Cinema showcased regional films, including the BAFTA-winning short 73 Cows, directed by Alex Lockwood, Sylvia, winner of the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker award at Cannes and award-winning Faith, by renowned stuntman Nick McKinless.


What We Are Looking For

We want to celebrate authentic voices from migrant communities in our ShortFuse programme. 

Our themes centre around identity, heritage, migration and cultural linkages to the United Kingdom.

We are accepting short films under 30 minutes long, including narrative films, art films, documentaries and music videos. Emerging as well as experienced filmmakers are welcome to submit. 

For this event, submissions are open to film-makers from the diasporas of Asia, the Caribbean, Africa or Europe. Films are also accepted by non-residents if they speak to the above themes.


To Submit Your Film

Submissions close on July 31st at midnight. Please email with the following info:

All films must be under 30 minutes. If selected, you will then be asked to provide a hi-res version of your film. Please email


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