Are you a filmmaker aged 16 to 25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 14th BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2021?

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 have up to £15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, 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 read the rules and terms below. For more information about the festival, head to the BFI website (

Good luck!

Future Film Festival is supported by the Reuben Foundation.

Future Film Festival recognises films in the below categories with up to £15,000 in prizes:

• Best Animation
• Best Documentary
• Best Experimental Film
• Best Micro Short
• Best International Film
• Best International Special Mention
• Best Writer
• Best Director
• Best Film
• Best New Talent

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 7 August 2018.

- 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 Film Academy 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 and Film Academy channels including online platforms and BFI partner platforms.

- 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 requested in the pack and on the form.

- We do not guarantee films will be selected for the Future Film Festival, but we will notify all submitters, whether selected or not, by Dec 18 2020.

Overall Rating
  • Kieran Stringfellow

    A fantastic festival for young filmmakers, and so glad we got to be a part of it. This was one of the most organised online festivals I've attended. The communication was great, the standard of films was incredible and there were loads of opportunities for networking with other likeminded filmmakers.

    March 2021
  • One of the most life-changing festival experiences I've been to, and I didn't even have to get out of my pyjamas for it! Despite the online format, there was such a warm sense of community, and the communication from the Future Film team is second to none. I learnt a ton, watched some fantastic shorts and met some wonderful like-minded filmmakers. To the BFI and everyone who was involved, I raise my IRN-BRU Martini™ to you all - skoal! 🍸🧡

    March 2021
  • Gustavo Gamero

    Amazing festival! I really had a great experience, the communication was excellent. Congratulations to all the festival members.

    March 2021
  • Rory Wilson

    Incredibly well organised festival, well attended screenings, inspiring and motivating speakers, great vibe and a true honour to have been involved.

    April 2020
  • Jose Andres Aguayo

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

    March 2019