Are you a filmmaker aged 16 to 25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 13th BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2020?

We’re inviting filmmakers to submit their work to the BFI Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute's annual film festival for young people, held at the BFI Southbank in London. This year we’re pleased to announce we have up to £15,000 worth of prizes including money to support your next film and your career.

If your film is selected, you will be invited to attend the festival at BFI Southbank, and you’ll be allocated a limited number of tickets for screenings of your film for contributors, family and friends.

Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter. You must have been aged 16-25 when you made the film.

Before you apply, please download and read the terms and conditions below. For more information about the festival head to the BFI website.

Good luck!

Supported by The Chapman Charitable Trust, The London School of English/The London School Trust and John and Jennifer McLellan.

Up to £15,000 in prizes.

Prizes awarded in the following categories:

- Best International Short Film in association with the London School of English
- Best International New Talent in association with the London School of English
- Best UK New Talent awards x4
- Best Non-narrative Film supported by Black Dog
- Best 16-18 Short Film supported by the Chapman Charitable Trust
- Best 19-25 Short Film supported by the Chapman Charitable Trust
- Labs Prize in association with LaCie

Before you send us your film please make sure you have read the following:
The director, producer and the majority of the production crew should be aged 25 or under at the time the film was made. For the avoidance of doubt this does not include the actors who can be of any age.
Films must not have been completed earlier than 4 August 2017.
Films can be any style or genre, but must be no more than 10 minutes in length.
All the images and soundtracks used in your film must be your own or you must have permission of the copyright holder to use their music/images in your film
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation
To be eligible for the Best International Short Film Award the filmmaker/submitter must be based outside of the UK or a non-UK passport holder whose normal domicile is outside the UK. (‘Normal domicile outside the UK’ meaning that the person has lived in the UK for less than 2 years and does not intend to stay permanently). International students currently studying in the UK and those within the country temporarily are eligible to apply.

By submitting your film to the Future Film Festival you give us permission to screen your film at screening(s) during the Festival and at special preview screenings or at spin off screenings such as BFI Future Film Labs events. You are also giving us permission to acquire the rights to put your film into the BFI National Film and Television Archive, to screen through BFI Player and other BFI Future Film Festival channels including online platforms and BFI partner platforms
Please send us a digital copy of your application with a working link to your film online (Youtube, Vimeo etc). Please note – we no longer accept DVD submissions.
Please submit two still images from your film, any poster artwork and press materials that can be used for promotional purposes (Hi resolution JPEG – no more than 3MB in size)
Films submitted for consideration must be clearly marked with the film title, director/filmmaker name, age, running time and a contact telephone number. Please ensure you have included everything you need requested in the pack and on the form
We do not guarantee films will be selected for the Future Film Festival and we are only able to notify successful short-listed applicants.

Selected Films

Not all selected films will be nominated for an award but all films will be screened during the festival.
If your film is longlisted:
We will contact you by email or phone to inform you and request a downloadable high quality copy of your film from you; preferred formats are high quality Quicktime File or DCP
You will need to provide a detailed list of contributors
You may be asked to provide proof of age
If your film is selected from the longlist (i.e shortlisted):
You will be invited to attend the Future Film Festival and will receive a free delegate day pass each and additional allocated seats (for cast/crew or friends/family) for the screening selection that your film will feature in. We hope that, where possible, all filmmakers showcased at the festival are able to attend.

Overall Rating
  • Jose Andres Aguayo

    My producer attended the festival and he was very happy about the experience. Great communication strategy!

    March 2019
  • João Gonzalez

    Amazing festival filled with incredible masterclasses and workshops. The networking sessions are an amazing opportunity to meet industry experts and new talents . Honestly one of the best festivals that I've ever attended, congratulations and best wishes to the BFI and the festival team.

    June 2018

    The crew of the festival had an amazing teamwork!
    I really enjoyed a lot and met many talents here.

    March 2018
  • Jess O'Brien

    I had such a great time at the festival. Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome. I'd advise any young filmmaker to enter this festival.

    March 2018
  • Anastasia Vorotnikova

    Everything was amazing! Thank you very much for such an interesting film festival!

    March 2018