The Last-minute upload checklist

17 July, 2013 4:25pm

There are less than 24 hours left to enter Virgin Media Shorts 2013 and your terrific entries are rolling in so thick and so fast that we're struggling to keep up! But we'll catch-up with them all, don't worry.

But we’d really hate for you to score an own goal by not being au fait with the competition rules. So,  here's a quick rundown of the criteria your entry needs to meet in order to be eligible for the shortlist.


  • Any shorts longer than two minutes and 20 seconds won’t be eligible to win, no matter how much we love them. Sorry. There’s still time to do some last minute cutting, so if you want to resubmit your entry, drop us an email and we’ll gladly remove the first version for you.
  • Please, no nudity or potty mouths. It's neither big, nor clever. As the 13 shortlisted films will play in cinemas, they need to be family friendly so please make sure your entry has a U or PG rating. Check out the BBFC’s site for thorough guidelines as certification is ultimately their call, not ours.
  • If you use music in your film, you must have permission to use it. The best way to make sure you're on the right side of legal is to use original music. But if there's a song you want and you're not sure how to secure the rights to use it, have a read here.


Having problems uploading your film? Take a look at the specifications and ensure your film meets all the technical criteria. Still not working? Email telling us exactly what the issue is, and give us as much info as possible. include the file size, format, codec, bitrate and anything else that might help. We'll do our best to figure out what's wrong.

If you think you might need to do an emergency edit, just let us know and we’ll help you get your brand spanking new version up on the site. But be quick, the competition closes on Thursday 18th July at 12pm (midday) sharp!


And remember, from July 22 to the 28, the eligible film submitted to the competition that generates the highest number points via Twitter will become our Lucky 13 shortlist entry. Social media points will be calculated by measuring the number of 'Tweets' submitted either directly via Twitter (Tweets must include the film's name followed by #VMShortsVote) or via the Twitter 'share' option that appears underneath the individual film entry on the site.

Still not sure on something? Then Check out our FAQs and filmmaker terms and conditions and you should find your answer.

Good luck and we can't wait to watch the rest of this year's entries!

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