The biggest international Top 100 Best Reviewed 5-star short film festival in the Midlands!

Now entering our 8th year, we pride ourselves on championing international films from around the globe, providing a platform for challenging, innovative, diverse, and high-quality films for a growing local and global audience. This means the festival plans to have in-person screenings and an online festival (inclusion optional).

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;
• Free access to the Online Film Festival.


Submissions MUST use FilmFreeway and MUST have been completed after 1st January 2018.

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.

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 2021. 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.

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.

There will be an online version of the festival. Please inform the festival if you decline the use of your film in the online festival, this will not affect the selection decision.

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.

1. 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 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.

2. Crime
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.

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

4. Horror
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.

5. Non-Fiction
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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

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

Overall Rating
  • Saber Mostafapour

    I'm behalf of all the Mermaid's casts and crews want to thank to all Beeston Film Festival team. I hope we see each other very soon.

    May 2021
  • Despite Covid-19 restrictions, Beeston managed to organise an incredible festival that was so good it was like we were there. Their tireless hard work, dedication and passion to make this festival as brilliant as it is really showed throughout. We are truly honoured to say that we were a part of Beeston Film Festival. Thank you so much to everyone involved for making it so special.

    May 2021
  • amir rooini

    Very regular and delicate festival, I am very happy to be present in this festival with its greatness, I am happy for all the people of this festival who are holding a festival of this quality.

    May 2021
  • Ein Kleiner Schnitt

    Even though it was online, we had a great experience and lovely communication to the team!

    April 2021
  • Dezh Zhelyazkova

    We were thrilled to be selected for the Women's Voices category of the 2021 Beeston Film Festival. The team were great at communication and very supportive of our project. Kudos for a brilliantly organised virtual edition of the festival.

    April 2021