An international film festival held in Birmingham, England, showcasing and recognising talent on a world stage.

All screenings and many events are free to attend.

Held every November and including features, shorts, documentaries, screen plays, TV pilots and music videos on our main theatre screen, as well support events with special guests.

Distributors, producers and press from all over the world will be on hand to view the films screened and there will be the chance to network with them at the festival too. Many of the industry’s top companies and film schools will also be in attendance offering advice on education and career opportunities.

Other events and networking opportunities will be announced closer to the date. These will include seminars, Q&As, conventions and memorabilia expos.

There will be a high calibre panel of special guest judges, from various areas of the industry, who will review the nominees’ entries and select the winners at the festival’s closing event. The award ceremony will be held at a high-profile venue in the city and be an open ticket event.

STANDARD AWARDS:

Best Film Overall (BFF Bull Award)
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Micro Short (under 5 minutes)
Best Documentary
Best Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best Animated Film
Best TV Show
Best Online Content
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Ensemble cast
Best Cinematography
Best Costume
Best Editing
Best Stunt
Best Hair & Make Up
Best Production Design
Best Fan Film
AUDIENCE AWARD - voted for online and at screenings.

SPECIAL AWARDS
Please identify if your film qualifies for any of the following awards:

Best Young Film Maker (director/producer was under 18)
Best Young Male Actor (lead male actor under 18 at time of filming)
Best Young Female Actor (leadfemale actor under 18 at time of filming)
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Student Filmmaker
Best Local Film (Birmingham based production, theme or cast and crew)
Best International Film (produced outside the UK or made by a filmmaker born outside the UK)
Best Original Score (Music created for your film specifically)
Best Special Effects (Your effects, digital or practical may be so good, we can't see them)

Please visit the official website to find out the criteria and entry process for the awards.

Films must not have had a commercial release prior to submission.
Short films must be under 72 minutes
Feature films must be 72 minutes or longer.

WE DO NOT REQUIRE PREMIER STATUS

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Chris Oledude


    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com:

    On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of Birmingham Film Festival. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent.

    It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself.

    We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustices embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in and common too many societies.
    We recommend submitting your work and we certainly intend to participate again in the future.

    Peace and stay safe!

    January 2022
  • Gabriela Federowicz

    It was a true pleasure to be selected as a participant for the Birmingham Film Festival. Thank you so much for allowing us to be apart of it. I highly recommend the festival!

    December 2021
  • BFF has a great staff and networking capacity that will offer good direction for any artisan. Well worth the investment.

    December 2021
  • Paul Holbrook

    Top notch film festival! Communication was excellent and the awards gala was a swanky cherry on top :)

    December 2021
  • Jonathan kinch

    I literally had the best time of my year at this festival, Dean is a legend, and I am so grateful they showed my film and it won the best film as voted by the audience!!! I would highly recommend entering your film into this festival, do not let any nay-sayers hold you back! Bravo to the whole team!

    December 2021