*** One of the UK's Fastest Growing Independent Film Festivals ***

Welcome to the Bristol Independent Film Festival!

We are proud to announce that we are sponsored by FilmFreeway and will be screening at the Everyman Bristol Cinema! We are an IMDb Qualified event!

In our first year, we received 3500 submissions with over 120 countries participating in our international film festival. We are one of the fastest-growing film festivals and the most popular 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 the rules and requirements before submitting your project:

1. We do not accept any films made before 2016.

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
  • Our movie has been in many film festivals, and none have been more inviting, exciting and worth attending than this little gem of an event. Held in an incredible venue and ran by people who really care about films, this festval is a must for film fans.
    And our movie 'The Conversation' has picked over 40 awards and nominations - so I've attended a few!

    August 2019
  • Mateen Missaghi

    Bristol has been an exceptionally wonderful experience! For such a young — but growing — festival they have done everything right, and have definitely been one of my favourite experiences during the festival circuit for my short this year. Although I regrettably was unable to attend, the team has done a great job at keeping me updated on details for the event and maintaining a very punctual and organized emailing system and consistently stayed on top of status updates. Despite the dramatic time zone difference, the friendly festival organizer Melisa has done a great job within the communication process, answering all questions thoroughly. It’s lovely to see more festivals like this one that supports independent and young filmmakers worldwide, and provide such a variety of opportunities for us, even after the event is over! It was quite an honour to hear my film was simply selected as a part of the festival, let alone winning Best Student Director! I will surely be submitting as well as attending next year and I highly recommend Bristol to indie filmmakers of any kind with any type of film, as Bristol has a category for just about any genre!

    Thank you again!
    Mateen Missaghi, director of Chicago Undercover

    August 2019
  • Dionne van den Berg

    I'm not sure this festival ever happened. Our film got selected, and then never got an answer asking afterwards how it was.

    August 2019
  • Selvir Katich

    The Bristol Independent Film Festival is great with swift communication. Even when there was an issue, like for example an out of sync edit, they are immediately on the case and take swift action. It's going to grow fast because of this, and they know what they're doing. I'm definitely submitting again as soon as the next project is finished. I can wholeheartedly recommend this festival.

    August 2019
  • Robert Kilburn

    This is a fantastic festival which goes above and beyond in providing networking opportunities via its alumni booklets and events which take place during the festival. Throughout the submissions process we had great communication with the organisers which has also continued since the festival has taken finished! My team and I can't wait for next years festival.

    July 2019