The biggest international 5 star short film festival in the Midlands!

Festival Description
THE BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN THE MIDLANDS is the Beeston Film Festival. It is now open for its FIFTH year and continues to grow and expand to provide an amazing platform for our community to celebrate film and filmmakers.

Your Beeston Film Festival fee covers
• Competition entry;
• Up to 4 Festival Passes for cast and crew of films selected for the festival;
• 2 Festival Passes simply for submitting you film.

Competition entry means your film could be selected for a screening but also a B’Oscar nomination and the chance to win.
Festival Passes for filmmakers reflects of commitment to celebrate film and filmmakers. As a guest to the festival we will make you feel welcome.

Awards and Prizes
The Beeston Oscar, or B’Oscar, is awarded to the best film in the following categories - Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, and our local filmmaker section called for Three Counties. Further prizes will be awarded for Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Acting Performance, Best Soundtrack & Sound Design, Women’s Voices and an Audience award, too.

The Three Counties category that is split into two sections: Young (up to 105 years of age); and Younger (up to 18 years). Filmmakers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire ONLY with films in any genre can submit.

This year’s new category is called, A Better Place, and is inspired be the those filmmakers driven to create either Fiction or Non-Fiction films aimed at changing the world we live in. It could be human rights, identity issues, political, or environmental issues that provokes and drives the creative process. We want to give a platform to those passionate filmmakers seeking to improve the very planet we live on.

BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY PROCEDURE
Submissions MUST be made through this site and completed after 1st January 2016. Submissions MUST include an on-screen viewer for selection purposes. Films entered into the Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Women’s Voices or Better Place categories MUST be no longer than 30 minutes. Films entered into Three Counties Young and Younger categories MUST not be longer than 15 minutes.

The Submission Fee for all categories will be 15 USD per submission, however, Student Films can claim a 50% discount per submission, code BFFSTUDENT2019.

The films accepted into the Festival are required to provide for screening .mov or MP4 digital files. Delivery costs of the screening media must be borne by the applicant or forwarding festival. Screening material will not be returned.
All packages from outside Europe must bear the declaration: “for temporary importation only and for cultural use at a film festival - of no commercial value”. Documentation / proforma invoices for films from outside the EU must not state a value that exceeds £10 as this often attracts importation taxes. Any film attracting freight charges/ importation taxes our end will not be accepted, and will be returned at the sender’s own cost or may be retained by UK customs, where its retrieval will be the sender’s responsibility.

Payment can only be made via this site. Viewing copies must be received with all relevant supporting materials by the submission deadline unless, by prior arrangement a late submission has been agreed with the Festival.

Press packs are not essential at this stage but can be sent as digital versions via email.

If selected the screening copy should be with the festival one week before the start of the festival.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The deadline is 31st December 2018. On receipt of submission, the entrant will receive email confirmation and a reference number from FilmFreeway that should be quoted on all future correspondence. Selection notification to all applicants will be as early as possible but at the latest one month before the festival.

Applicants must confirm acceptance within 7 days of receiving notification quoting their reference number and at this stage should supply any stills/images etc. to be used in the festival brochure (if not supplied in advance). Screening material should be supplied 1 week prior to the festival, to allow time to check the technical quality.

NB BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL IS CO-ORDINATED BY PHOENIX PROCUREMENT SERVICES LTD (PPS) WHOM IS THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY. PPS RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ANY TIME TO WITHDRAW, POSTPONE, CANCEL OR MAKE ANY ALTERATION TO (OR PART TO) THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OR FESTIVAL PROGRAMME WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION. ‘BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL’ IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK PROTECTED BY UK LAW. Postal Address: BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL, 212 Bramcote Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4EX. United Kingdom. Telephone: 0750 2011547, email: johncurrie@yahoo.co, web address: www.beestonfilmfestival.com. Beeston Film Festival is operated by Phoenix Procurement Services Ltd, a registered company limited by guarantee. No. 06365524.

Category Descriptions

Drama
It’s time to get serious. Life is a serious business. Film drama spans the emotional turmoil of family breakups, to death, across any time period you can think off, and most importantly to share stories from across the world will be incredibly satisfying. We can the see the world through different eyes, but see things that are strangely familiar, and we can connect.

Comedy
Racine said, “Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” Wise words indeed, but obviously he hadn’t seen much slapstick! Chaplin combine laughter with pathos, Steve Martin too. There maybe darkness, there maybe farts, but what ever you do make the audience laugh!

Horror
So when you arrive be prepared to scream your head off. The horror genre cover creepy to pure blood and guts and don’t we love it!!!! I’m sure we’ll see zombies, Frankensteins and vampires a plenty. But so often the fear provoked is that within ourselves; those creepy moments revisited through the filmmakers haunting imagery. Cool.

Non-Fiction
The Documentary category has gone from strength to strength but for this year we wanted to broaden the scope even further by classifying it as Non-fiction. We still want all those awesome documentaries but there is more.
Non-fiction or nonfiction is content whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, or information presented. In contrast, a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction. Nonfiction, which may be presented either objectively or subjectively, is traditionally one of the two main divisions of narratives, the other traditional division being fiction, which contrasts with nonfiction by dealing in information, events, and characters expected to be partly or largely imaginary.

Animation
Wiki says, “Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other.” Whether digital or stop-motion each year we are dazzled by the joyous joie de vivre of animators.

Three Counties
Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are three counties that border Beeston and home to incredibly creative individuals. The Festival is proud to provide a specific platform to celebrate local talent. Films can be submitted from any genre at all! But within 15 minutes explode into life, tell a story, and show the world what you can do! The category this year will be divided between Young who are over 18 years of age, and Younger, filmmakers under 18 years of age.

Women Voices
This is a very open definition: films made by men but tell a woman's story in a good way, with a great leading female actor, can still be considered; as long as the film has a good mix of women and men working on the crew, and as long as they tell a good woman's story, it can be submitted.

A Better Place
To change the world to “A Better Place” can be motivated by so many issues and causes. Whether it be gender issues, sexuality, political justice, human rights or whatever, we are interested in films, whether fiction or nonfiction, that challenge the status quo. Here we wish to celebrate filmmakers desire to champion causes, influence prevailing attitudes and move the world to a better place. So what would you want to change?

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  • Laurent Ardoint

    Great festival ! Great Selection ! Great Team !

    July 2018
  • Chien Hung Lien

    Beeston Film Festival is a wonderful event!
    John,the director of BFF, helped me a lot.
    Thanks John and the best BFF.

    July 2018
  • Denise Powers

    John is an indefatigable organizer who loves great films and filmmakers. The lineup of films was good at this wonderful, intimate festival, and the welcome was warm! Definitely worth submitting your film here!

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks for kind words and I look forward to seeing again in the near future.

  • Judson Vaughan

    Just great! What else can I say, just a breath of fresh air! The organisers are true film/indiefilm lovers that are fair, impartial and committed to the filmmakers. Great communication, great fun and if you get the chance to meet John, then what a bonus! This is our second film to be screened at Beeston and we'll be back! Thank You John, James and everyone involved.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Judson

  • Hannes Rall

    This is an excellent festival organized by true film enthusiasts. Fantastic organization, immediate responses, truly caring for filmmakers. Attention to detail. One of the best I have encountered on the festival circuit.

    April 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Hannes