The biggest international Top 100 Best Reviewed 5-star short film festival in the Midlands! As now supported by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Now entering our 7th year, we pride ourselves on championing international films from around the globe. Faced with the challenge of COVID-19, we took to the internet to stream the selected entries and awards ceremony and ensure the show must go on.

With categories like Women’s Voices and A Better Place, we hope to foster a sense of global community, to show the world that no matter how different and varied our cultures may be, we all share the most important things: love, hope, dreams and the need to share our stories with the world.

"Truly one of the best festival programming teams we've ever had the pleasure of working with! They did an amazing job pivoting to an online festival so quickly and so efficiently in the midst of this global pandemic. I truly hope we get to meet this staff during another festival run, just to thank them. We remain so honored to have our film ALINA participate at this wonderful festival. Thank you, Team Beeston!"
Nora Mariana Salim, Writer/Producer, Alina, Best in Festival 2020

The Beeston Oscar, or B’Oscar, is awarded to the best film in entry categories, specialist awards for Direction, Script, Performance, Sound, Cinematography, and, of course, the overall Best in Festival Prize.

All B'Oscar nominated films will receive a digital certificate.

All selected films will receive a selection certificate and a digital copy of the festival programme.

Films selected for the festival become entitled to join the Beeston Film Festival section of the UK Film Channel ( ). Whether free-to-view or pay-to-view, this platform is in your control, but it is exclusive to Beeston’s selected films.

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.


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, A Better Place, and Pride categories MUST be no longer than 30 minutes.

Films entered into Animation & Student categories MUST not be longer than 15 minutes.

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.

In the event of another Pandemic lockdown, we will ask your permission to screen online.

Payment is via FilmFreeway.

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.

The deadline is 31st December 2020. On receipt of the submission, the entrant will receive an 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.

We are developing an Online version of the festival. We will ask selected filmmakers if they want to be included if they decline their selection to the main festival will remain.

NB BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL IS OPERATED 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. Postal Address: BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL, 212 Bramcote Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4EX. United Kingdom. Telephone: 0750 2011547, email:, web address: Beeston Film Festival is operated by Phoenix Procurement Services Ltd, a registered company limited by guarantee. No. 06365524.

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 of, and most importantly to share stories from across the world will be incredibly satisfying. We can see the world through different eyes but see things that are strangely familiar, and we can connect.

Films of this genre generally involve various aspects of crime and its detection, impact, and consequence. Stylistically, the genre may overlap and combine with many other genres, such as mystery, trash, suspense, or noir, but at the heart will be stories from the wrong side of the tracks.

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 combines laughter with pathos, Steve Martin too. There may be darkness, there may be farts, but whatever you do make the audience laugh!

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

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.

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 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?

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

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.

International stories, whether fiction or nonfiction, of love, heartbreak, art, history and justice from the LGTBQ+ community.

Overall Rating
  • It is always a pleasure to share our short film projects with Beeston Film Festival. They are consistently supportive, keep lines of communication open, and affable towards indie filmmakers. While I haven't had a chance to attend yet, I would encourage anyone who is able to, because if their live event is as thought out as their online presence, it must be an incredibly valuable time.

    June 2020
  • It was an absolute honor to be a part of such an incredible festival! I will recommend applying.

    May 2020
  • David Lilley

    Beeston Film Festival is such a great festival. It is run by a team of passionate film enthusiasts who show some of the best short films the world has to offer. They showed my films 'Socks and Robbers' and, as a filmmaker, I find Beeston to be a really well organised festival where communication is second to none. This is really helpful as a filmmaker as you know your film is in safe hands and you're going to get a good screening. I'm looking forward to next years festival and being introduced to some more great short films and well as submitting my next short. Keep up the good work!

    May 2020
  • Dimiter Dimitroff

    An absolute thrill to be a part of this festival.
    One cannot hope for a more hospitable and well organised group of people as the ones organising the Beeston film festival

    May 2020
  • Darrin Rose

    The festival was impacted by COVID, but the organizers did a wonderful job of pivoting and putting together an online showing and a livestream awards ceremony. Communication was great, and the certificates for selection and the programme were very handsomely presented. I wish it was possible to attend in person - next time!

    April 2020