Welcome to the Bristol Independent Film Festival!

We are proud to announce that we are sponsored by FilmFreeway and made the Everyman Bristol Cinema our official festival home!

In our first year, we received 3500 submissions with over 120 countries participating in our international film festival. We are the fastest growing and one of the most popular film festivals in the United Kingdom. We strive to bring filmmakers from all over the world under one setting. We continue to represent filmmakers from all levels and experiences.

This year BIFF has decided to nominate one winner to receive $2500 budget for a chance to create their own independent film.

To help filmmakers and scriptwriters grow, we have decided that everyone that submits will receive notes/ratings of their films/scripts by our judges!

We aspire to promote, recognize and support independent filmmakers throughout the world by hosting a variety of awards in order to provide the best opportunities for filmmakers, helping them receive recognition. We welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations and screenplays.

Our objective is to provide support for film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking. With our live screenings at Everyman Bristol Cinema, we aim to showcase and promote the work of filmmakers. We believe our film festival will give filmmakers a chance to showcase their work to a very wide range of audiences from many different parts of the world.

Bristol Independent Film Fest is based in Bristol, with our jury’s located around the world including countries like Germany, Turkey and USA. All the films will go through a reviewable process by our highly experienced jury’s, who will go through an evaluation process and select the films.

We are very excited to review your film and observe the detailed creativity of your work!

We only award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability.

Our judges will nominate one winner to receive $2500 budget for a chance to create a film.

All selected nominees will be invited to our live screening at the Everyman Bristol Cinema for the opportunity to meet people from the same industry.

All winners will receive “winner” laurel with a hard copy certificate and special engraved “Bristol Independent Film Festival” trophy presented at our live screening on Event Date. Winners and selected nominees that cannot attend the event will be contacted by BIFF team to send the awards to the provided address.

All selected and winning nominees will be contacted by the BIFF team a month prior to notification date to for further information.

By submitting your film, you agree that Bristol Independent Film Fest can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

Rules and Terms:
Please read all rules and requirements before submitting your project:

1. We do not accept any films made before 2010.

2. Any foreign films must include English subtitles.

3. All fees are non-refundable.

4. Student filmmakers are encouraged to apply but must present their valid Student ID in order to benefit from our student discount.

5. BIFF is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films.

6. Films do not have to be screened publicly to be eligible for our festival, prizes, or awards.

7. BIFF is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all films officially selected are eligible for competition. Not all submissions received are selected for BIFF.

8. All films are nominated and voted upon by a jury of film professionals, from an independent point of view.

9. All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination into one or more competitive categories.

10. BIFF reserve the right to refuse to accept any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate. Should you wish to question BIFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on Bristolfilmfest@hotmail.com.

11. A fee is required upon submission. For payment structures, visit the FilmFreeway website.

12. One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.

Overall Rating
  • Arthur Cauty

    A highly recommended festival in a beautiful setting. You can tell that the organisers are genuinely passionate about independent film. Great communication & support, excellent picture & sound quality, and generally just a cool vibe. Thanks BIFF for awarding my film 'Invisible' the 'Best of Bristol' award.

    September 2018
  • Alberto Battistutti

    Thanks for including my script in the official selection! Nice festival with kind communication and affordable entry fees. They will surely grow in audience. Recommended.

    September 2018
  • Martin Keady

    I was the winner of the inaugural BIFFA (Bristol Independent Film Festival Award) for Screenwriting 2018, for my screenplay, "Man of Colour", a biopic of Walter Tull, one of Britain's first professional black footballers who subsequently became a hero of World War One. I am thrilled to have received this award and am extremely grateful to the festival for it. It was a great weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many films, in particular the hilarious short "F'Arts Sake", the BIFFA Comedy winner. Thanks to all at the festival (especially Melisa Kaplan, the Festival Organiser) and I unhesitatingly recommend it to all other writers. And in addition to everything else, it also charges one of the lowest fees of any festival or competition that I have entered. Martin Keady

    September 2018
  • The Bristol Independent Film Festival has been one of the highlights of our film festival experience. Not only is the venue absolutely incredible, but the support and communication outstanding. We were fortunate to win Best LGBT Short Film and the trophy was beautiful!!! It now sits pride of place in my office. The Team behind the festival are passionate and incredibly welcoming - I advise every filmmaker to submit to BIFF for a truly dazzling experience.

    September 2018
  • Luke Bradford

    Our short film RISK won Best Drama! We are so incredibly grateful to all the team at Bristol for putting this festival together. We were unable to attend in person but we were kept well informed throughout the process via the festival organisers. Feedback from other film-makers present was very positive - the venue was incredible we hear! Having been a part of many festivals, this is definitely one to check out.

    September 2018