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. For 6 years the festival provides 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;
• Free entry to Nominees to the B’Oscar Award Ceremony.
Awards and Prizes
The Beeston Oscar, or B’Oscar, is awarded to the best film in entry categories.

BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY PROCEDURE

Submissions MUST use FilmFreeway and MUST have been completed after 1st January 2017.

Submissions MUST include an on-screen viewer for selection purposes. Films entered into the Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary, Science Fiction, Crime, Women’s Voices, Better Place and Shortcake categories MUST be no longer than 30 minutes. The Submission Fee for these Categories will be 20 USD.

Films entered into Animation & Student categories MUST not be longer than 15 minutes. The Submission Fee for these Categories will be 10 USD.

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 is via FilmFreeway. 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 2019. 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. By submitting your film, you are giving permission for Beeston Film Festival to screen your film without any charge or fee during the festival and subsequent screenings organised by the Beeston Film Festival.

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.

Crime
Crime film. ... Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as drama or gangster film, but also include comedy, and, in turn, is divided into many sub-genres, such as mystery, suspense or noir.

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, monsters 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.

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?
Student
Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, no agenda, just listening to what the next generation of filmmakers want to say.

Shortcake
Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, of films that are gentle, witty, and uplifting work and not polemically or overtly challenging. The Shortcake programme will be a programme making available Short Films, tea and cake during a spring afternoon.

Science Fiction
Science fiction film (or sci-fi film) is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • We didn’t get to attend, but the festival had good communication and marketing and social media. They promoted our film well. The line up looked great. The festival contacted us after the fest about additional screening opportunities.

    April 2019
  • François Zaïdi

    Very great communication to what seems an awesome festival. I was unable to go unfortunately due to other screenings.
    They value films and you feel like your work counts for something.

    April 2019
  • Olivia Gutenberg

    I'm so honored to have my film included in this festival! The organizers were very professional and easy to communicate with. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend in person but I will be sure to submit my work again in hopes that I might be able to go to the festival next year!

    April 2019
  • We were honored to have been an Official Selection to the Beeston Film Festival. The communication was spot on and if we had been able to make the trip to GB it would have been a fun experience. The reviews they gave us regarding our film were nice and unexpected. A nice touch. We are going to do our best to get back in and this time make the trip!

    April 2019
  • Although I was not able to attend, I was able to watch the live stream from the comfort of my home, while enjoying 4 or 5 mimosas. This festival was fun, well coordinated, and full of beautiful, talent-driven projects. Thank you Beeston!

    April 2019