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 Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Supporting Male Actor
Best Supporting Female Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Costume
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 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
  • Incredible festival! Had an amazing time, met amazing people and I can't wait to submit for 2018!

    December 2017
  • Birmingham Film festival was a blast i went to screenings every day and enjoyed Shorts and Features alike.
    Saw a couple of premieres of Features and really enjoyed both.
    Customer care and communication was great and the variety offered by festival was perfect.
    The awards evening was very friendly and well organised but had the quality to make you feel like you were at some hollywood awards ceremony.The online stream to watch it all back afterwards was great as well.
    Overall 5 stars and people watching the awards and hearing me talk about the festival have been motivated to get there own entries in next year.

    December 2017
  • Anton Forsdik

    So far, the best film festival I have visited. Great fun people, many filmmakers and actors, networking, great communication with festival organizers very helpful. The city is absolutely wonderful. There is a lot to explore. Gala ceremony is as good as Oscar's gala! Do not miss it for God's sake!

    December 2017
  • Great festival in Birmingham! Happy to have my Screenplay selected. Excellent communication and quality. Looking forward to the next edition!

    December 2017
  • Mazin Sherabayani

    Great to have my film as a part of this fantastic film festival, staff were lovely and very helpful, communication was excellent. Thanks very much

    December 2017