We will be hosting the Second BIFF (Birkenhead International Film Festival) on the 2nd October 2021. The BIFF aims to bring together a collective of filmmakers to explore the art of film from a varied range of backgrounds, filmographies and genres.

Birkenhead International Film Festival is founded by Benjamin Loveland, David Harrison, Andrew Shaw & Ryan Gauge. Benjamin Loveland & David Harrison work together on a number of projects including the Super8Bit Podcast; a celebration of the art of film & video games. Benjamin Loveland has had a passion for films since he first watched Nosferatu as a teenager. His goal is simple, to talk and discuss the art of film each and every day; so far he has discovered that Film Festivals are the perfect medium for discussion, meeting new people and the education of film. David Harrison is the creative mind behind Super8Bit, with a keen eye for editing, sound & the art of making films; being a prolific filmmaker himself.

Together they have had a dream of uniting their passion of film and arts together under many different projects. This is an idea shared by Andrew Shaw and Ryan Gauge at the Convenience Gallery, who are an artist-led initiative; A community and contemporary arts gallery and collective based in Birkenhead. Convenience Gallery specialises in creative partnerships, artists, organisations and communities. Both organisations have teamed up to create the Birkenhead International Film Festival, a festival dedicated to bringing the world to Birkenhead. Located at the beating heart of Birkenhead at the Bloom Building; a building which houses a progressive and unique concept rewriting the rules around how the worlds of culture, community, social action and mental health can flourish together. Bloom Building also houses the Open Door Charity which reimagines common approaches to mental health.

This is our second event so please bare in mind that this opportunity is unpaid, we hope to raise the funds to work towards paid commissioning and screening in the future.

Welcome to Birkenhead international film festival, a film festival exploring and celebrating emerging filmmakers across both physical festivals and online programming.

BIFF Summer 2021: Animation

This is an Open Call to any Filmmaker who is interested in participating in the Second Birkenhead International Film Festival. We are a festival that specialises in different themes per season. For this next event the theme will be Animation.

This theme entails any film that comes under the category of something that is animated within a filmic setting. This can be Hand Drawn, Computer Generated or Stop Motion, to name a few examples. The Film’s length can be anything from 2 to 15 Minutes long, if you wish to submit a film outside of this length please do so, but it will be harder for the film to move past the submission stage.

There will be an early bird submission fee of £1 this season for the first month of submissions and then £3 for every subsequent entry made after the first month. Once submitted, your film will be reviewed by our BIFF Streamers and if selected will progress on to a final selection in which it is decided whether your film will be shown at the BIFF.

All selected films will be shown at the Second Birkenhead International Film Festival. To submit a film please go to our page on FilmFreeway, details are also on our website, www.biff-fest.com. The second BIFF will take place on the 2nd of October. The end date for submissions will be August 31st at midnight. We are excited to see what submissions we receive! Until then good luck and if you have any questions feel free to email us at birkenheadintfilmfestival@gmail.com.

Overall Rating
  • Kevin Lucero Less

    Amazing festival: Benjamin, David, and Andrew! It was a great honour to have my World Premiere of "En-e-my" in your superlative event. The entire process was exceptional. The selected films, schedule, layout, communications - were all fantastic. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Cheers.

    June 2021
  • It was a great experience and we are very grateful to the team for the selection of our short film The Black Thread.

    November 2020
  • Iván Molina Jiménez

    Great experience. Thank you so much for this marvellous festival

    November 2020
  • Great experience looking forward to next year

    November 2020