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Please read and follow these simple guidelines for full satisfaction.

We are truly Open Access and show all the films submitted as long as they are not longer than 20 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE we currrently have a backlog of films and it might be a few months before your film is screened. The exception to this is our yearly 'Disposable show' where waiting times are considerably shorter but the film must meet the technical criteria ie. be made on a phone, toy, goPro, scanner, Google glasses, Oculus rift, CGI or similar unusual or non-traditional device.

Submissions for our regular screenings are always open on a rolling basis.

You can submit your films by email & filesharing service (METHOD 1) or by post (METHOD 2).

METHOD 1: Submit your film online via email

Submit your film to: explodingcinema@hotmail.com

Email a link to a downloadable file on Vimeo, YouTube or one of the major filesharing sites like WeTransfer or Dropbox.

Please do not send us time-sensitive links as it sometimes takes us a while to get to it.

Send us the password if the site requires it to download.
Please submit ONE FILM PER EMAIL (send a separate email for each film).

Please put the word SUBMISSION in your email subject line. If you are submitting to one of our 'Disposable' shows, please put 'DISPOSABLE SUBMISSION' in your email subject line

Include the following information in your email:

Name | Telephone | Email | Film Title | Duration | Download URL (youtube, dropbox or whatever)

I agree to the inclusion of the submitted film(s) at EXPLODING CINEMA screenings | compilation DVDs | websites. (delete as you like)

METHOD 2: Post it to:

55, Lady Somerset Road
London NW5 1TY. UK

We accept postal submissions on USB stick, DVD and Blu-ray.

Please label your film very thoroughly with the title, running time and makers contact details on the disc of the media as well as any case. If the disc contains several films and you don't say which one is being submitted we will choose one.

You will not receive an acknowledgement that the film has been received, only a notification when it has been programmed. If you need to know if we have it, email us at explodingcinema@hotmail.com


Films must be 20 minutes or shorter


For downloadable video files, we prefer an .mp4 file with h.264 encoding. Please keep file size under 500mb. In our experience there is no tangible improvement in projection quality for an 8 Gigabyte uncompressd monster. In fact, massive files often play less smoothly.

We show films on Blu-ray, DVD, VHS (NTSC as well as PAL) as well as computer files, and if you have used an unusual format we can't support you are welcome to bring along a suitable player and plug it into our system. We have an EXCELLENT video projector/sound system.


...we LOVE to screen Celluloid and have excellent 16mm and Super 8/standard 8 projectors (the 16mm with optical sound, the super 8 with mag stripe sound or you can play your soundtrack on cassette or cd) Also 35mm slide projectors. If you want to do something on multiple screens or with double projections you may have to bring some additional equipment of your own, or not, but contact us about this.


We are not a performance, poetry reading or music event as such - BUT- if your work incorporates an element of PROJECTION - we will get very excited and welcome you with open arms! So if you are really keen to do something, and say, you are primarily music based- why not team up with someone to do projections? Contact us to negotiate. Also- sometimes when we do bigger shows we have space for installations or longer performance - so write to us about this too if you have a clear idea.

phone 44 (0)774 704 1122

Anxious to know if it's arrived with us? We don't normally contact you when we receive your film - the programmer will get in contact with you a couple of weeks or so before your screening, so relax. But if you are very anxious to know, then you can send us an e mail stating clearly when you sent the film and the person answering the emails will find out for you and email you back.


We programme on a 'first come first served' basis- so if there is a big backlog of work you may not be in our next show- you may have to wait. Generally the shorter the work, the more likely it will be shown in the next show. We will prioritise Celluloid, and care for it lovingly. If you send in several pieces all at once, or a compilation we will not usually screen them all - our first instinct will be for the programmer to choose to screen their favourite! So if you don't want this to happen make it clear what you want screened MOST. We can stagger a few of the pieces over the next few shows- but remember we have a lot of work to screen and want to be fair and make space for all.


As we offer you such a wonderful show for your work- keen audience, lovely venue, the VERY BEST projection- We invite YOU as an honoured guest - (you plus one get in for FREE!) to come to the show. YOU make the shows what they are and the atmosphere is especially good when all the film makers are present.


If you can't make it to the show, and you want your work back after the screening, then please send us a Stamped Addressed Packet. If you come to the show but FORGET to pick up your work,(pick it up from the projectionist) - you'll just have to talk to the programmer and negotiate beg/grovel... If you know you can't make it to the show, and you want a keepsake, then we will send you the lovely little programme booklet, that lists your work and has some cute cut and paste pictures. Just make it clear to the programmer when they contact you that this is what you'd like.