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

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.

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 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

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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Art Hound Films

    Great event despite the difficult circumstances. Was a real treat to screen my short film Symphony of The City as part of the festival and wonderful to be nominated for Best Local Short Film and Best Micro-Short Film - I look forward to submitting again!

    March 2021
  • Polykarpos Parioritsas

    Great festival. It was so nice to be part of it and made it to the finals

    December 2020
  • David Tucker

    Thanks for the semi-final place and for the timely, considerate communication. It meant a lot that someone had taken the time.

    December 2020
  • Robert Brown

    An Excellent Film Festival! I was delighted that my short animated film 'Fire and Water' was selected and was one of the nominees here.

    December 2020
  • Khyle Manby-Evans

    As a filmmaker in the West Midlands, Birmingham Film Festival is the place to go.

    Granted with the current pandemic, it means the festival could not be held physically, however the effort & care that went into the virtual festival was incredible & I couldn't been happier to have attended & won the "Best Project" Lockdown Film" award!

    I'm thoroughly looking forward to 2021 & what BFF brings next.

    December 2020