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

It will run though November and include features, shorts, documentaries and music videos on our main theatre screen, as well support events with special guests.

All filmmakers who's work is being shown will 3 tickets for the screening of their own film.

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.


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 Online Film
Best Online Producer
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Costume
Best Stills Photography
Best Editing
Best Stunt
Best Hair & Make Up
Best Production Design

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

Best Young Film Maker (under 18)
Best Young Male Actor (under 18)
Best Young Female Actor (under 18)
Best First Time or 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 are restricted by the category of awards they can be considered for. Entrants must identify which awards they wish to be considered for.
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.

Overall Rating
  • Wonderful Festival. Great experience. Definitely recommend!

    December 2018
  • Liz McMullen

    This was my first time to Birminham and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The team at the Birmingham Festival were very welcoming and great to engage with all the film makers in attendance. I met people from all over who had flown in for the festival. At the same time, you can really tell the festival has a great community feel and nutures local, up and coming talent. I look forward to next year and seeing what great films they have lined up for 2019!

    December 2018
  • John Graham

    No online screening program available for selected films. Festival does not respond to emails.

    December 2018
    Response from festival:

    All films, screenings and award winners are listed in the website.

  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    We love this festival so much! Fantastic organisation and communication and such a feel good vibe going on. Everyone very friendly and supportive. Would highly recommend!

    December 2018
  • We very appreciate Birmingham Film Festival, it's a really good event and we advice other filmmakers & companies to participate to it. cheers !

    December 2018