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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.

Bristol Independent Film Festival will be nominating one winner to receive $2500. This will be decided by our jury team and with the help of our audience members.

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.

Our judges will nominate one winner to receive $2500.

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 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
  • Kasra Karimi

    Great festival and great venue in a lovely part of a lovely city, Bristol. Thank you.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Kasra,

    Thank you for the review! Hope to see you at our event on 27th July!


    Melisa Kaplan

  • Festival staff was very friendly and supportive. They provide fast and good communication. I feel very happy to screen my feature documentary in Bristol Film Festival. I'd definitely consider submitting my future projects.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Irmak,

    Thank you very much for sharing your great feature documentary with us! We look forward to having your future projects at our festival soon!

    Melisa Kaplan

  • Ross McFall

    I just want to say many thanks for selecting my film for your festival. It was a very well organised, well run festival and everyone involved seemed to be very passionate and supportive of us the filmmakers.
    Thank you.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Ross,

    Thank you for the lovely review! We hope to see you at our event this year!


  • Mark Oxtoby

    Sadly I couldn’t make the event due to filming commitments, so didn’t really know what the outcome was... Turns out my short screenplay ‘My Week with Maisy’ won!!! I was absolutely thrilled to receive my certificate for Best Short Screenplay and cannot thank Bristol enough for the great communication and support. When My Week With Maisy gets the go ahead, we will be there. I plan to be there in 2019 with my latest film ‘Blood Means Nothing’. Huge thanks again. 😊🙏

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mark,

    Thank you for sharing your script with us! We hope to see you at our festival next year!


    Unfortunately, I received a confirmation that I was accepted but then never heard anything else. It seems that if you cannot travel to England and be present on the night of the screening your film is invited, then you cannot actually participate and are not in theory truly "accepted." This is not at all clear on the website or festival info. Otherwise, I would not have submitted as I cannot afford to travel. I would appreciate getting my money refunded.

    October 2018