Welcome to the Big Fridge International Film Festival, a new and exciting competition celebrating short films from around the World.

Year after year, we endeavour to support filmmakers find distribution and funding for their next filmmaking ventures. Whether first-time artists or seasoned creators, our mission is to provide a platform to recognise your community, build connections within it, and importantly, form profitable relationships with producers, sponsors and talent.

We have built a small but exceptional network of industry professionals that will look at all films entered and will give business and commercial advice. There are countless success stories of filmmakers securing distribution for their films, launching them and their work into the marketplace. We have the people and skills in our professional team to make this happen. We can create a ripple for your movie to be seen around the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond. It all starts here by entering today.

Our Judging Panel consists of film industry professionals who have worked with Disney, Marvel and the BBC.

The Big Fridge International Film Festival consists of core categories and additional categories!


Best Short Film

Best Super Short Film (under 5 mins)
Best Animated Short Film

Best Documentary Short

Best Foreign Language Short Film

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Writing
Best Score

Best Editing

Best Cinematography
Best Visual Effects

Those that are nominated but don't win will be able to purchase a Nominees British Short Film Award directly from the BFIFF website.


All those that are nominated will be able to to purchase a Nominee's Big Fridge International Film Award directly from the BFIFF website.

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress
Best Music Video

Best Production Design

Best Comedy Short Film

Best Horror Short Film

Best Thriller Short Film

Best Sci Fi Short Film

Best Drama Short Film

Best Student Short Film

Best Hair and Make Up

Best Visual Effects

Best Costume Design

Best Acting Ensemble

Best Sound Design
Best Short from the archives (finished before 2019)

Cash Prizes will be distributed by our film sponsors!


If you receive your submission confirmation email from FilmFreeway, then your submission has been received. There is no need to contact BFIFF to follow up on it, or ask about its progress. Unless you have a query about the upcoming film festival, please don't contact us directly.

The Big Fridge International Film Festival is a global competition and will screen films full length. *Unless requested not to so your valuable festival premier status is protected.

There is no limit to the number of categories you can submit to.

To be eligible, short films must be 30 minutes and under, including credits.

Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway only.

Entry fees are nonrefundable.

All judging and jury decisions are final.

BFIFF reserves the right to enter films in to multiple categories at their discretion.
We do not accept extremist or propaganda content from religious or political organisations.

By submitting you are allowing BFIFF to use your trailer, teaser clip, film poster and stills for promotional purposes only. BFIFF will never post, distribute, release or show the film or reveal plot information of any submission.

All rights, clearances and permissions must be obtained prior to submission and applicants must ensure that they have the right to submit the work with regard to third parties connected to the production of the film in question. By entering your work you agree to this and the responsibilities involved. The Big Fridge International Film Awards assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.

Please note that submission fees will not be refunded if your film does not meet these conditions and The Big Fridge International Film Awards reserve the right to disqualify any submissions that don’t adhere to the above terms.

If an opportunity to screen a submitted short film arises, the festival organisers will contact the submitter directly.

Thank you for your interest in the Big Fridge International Film Festival, we look forward to celebrating your film!

Overall Rating
  • Dilek Osman

    Brilliant festival with a great atmosphere and excellent communication from the organisers throughout. Delighted to have won best comedy for our film, Pushing Daisy.

    October 2023
  • Jeroen van de Bovenkamp

    A great filmfestival where our short documentary film 'Tuning In: A Sea of Sound' was showcased for the first time, and also where we won best documentary. The organisation was pleasant to communicate with; looking forward to connecting again soon!

    August 2023
  • Sim Danger Ferhad

    So happy to have been awarded best super short of 2023. A great festival run be a great and very communicative interactive and passionate team. Was so happy to have been a part of it. A real community whose focus is on celebrating and helping film makers, I’ll see you guys next year.

    August 2023
  • Indy Singh

    Amazing Festival well run and organised, communication from the Festival Directors second to none, really enjoyed the networking with the other creatives, keep up the awesome work guys!

    August 2023
  • Thanks for selecting Ma Fatsh Leah as a finalist in the Best Music Video category. The communication was very efficient even if our film didn't end up to be screened because it didn't win. We couldn't attend the festival in person, but watching the pictures it seems duo be extremely well organised.

    August 2023