What is the Reel Film Challenge?

The Reel Film Challenge is a unique 10-day creative adventure designed for aspiring filmmakers. Contestants travel from the UK across Europe while making their own short film en-route. 


Your main submission will be a short film of any genre, up to five minutes long.

It must relate in some way to our yearly theme


You can sign up for Reel either as an individual or as part of a team.  We will ask you when you book your ticket what your plans are.

Note: there is a maximum team size of five filmmakers.


You will provide your own kit.

All films are judged equally, so you don't need an expensive camera.


In fact, one of our 2016 winners shot their film entirely on an iPhone.

What is included?

Launch workshop

A full day workshop hosted in central London.  You'll work with film professionals to help you prepare your ideas for the Challenge ahead.

2x nights accommodation in Budapest

Two nights in Budapest -one before and one after the film festival.

Reel film festival

A day-long celebration of your films, hosted at our top secret venue in the heart of Budapest.  We'll screen all the films and provide live feedback with our panel of expert judges.

Awards ceremony

An exciting evening recognising the year's best entries with amazing prizes from our sponsors.

Wrap party

Celebrate in style at one of the city's best venues.

What is not included?

Travel and accommodation

We provide the 'A' and 'B' but getting between them is up to you: in the past, participants have flown, interrailed, ​driven and even cycled!  It's all part of the adventure.


You'll provide your kit for filming and editing.  But you don't need to worry about buying expensive gear: we've had participants take part with just their iPhones before. If you want additional recommendations, just contact us.


If you sign up as an individual we can't guarantee to put you in a team (although lots of individuals do end up teaming up beforehand or at our Launch workshop - and we'll help wherever we can)!

Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page

For more information and participant enquiries contact for a response within 48 hours 

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