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.

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.

All films, all genres and all people are welcome and attendance to many of the events will be free.

Awards & Prizes


Best Film Overall (BFF Bull Award)
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Documentary
Best Screenplay
Best Music Video
Best Animated Film
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Costume
Best Editing
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 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.

Rules & Terms

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.

3 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Keith Allott

    A cracking festival with an excellent awards dinner and ceremony, highly recommend submitting!

    December 2016
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    Mailuki Films

    A beautiful surprise. Definitely, we will submit a lot of new shorts of our International catalogue next year.

    December 2016
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    David Gilbank

    The BFF is a truly great festival. Run by a team of passionate film professionals, the Birmingham Film Festival affords the attendee the chance to view superb films from all over the world and, importantly, some golden networking opportunities.A genuinely great atmosphere. Highly recommended.

    November 2016