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Welcome to the Bristol Independent Film Festival. We are one of the UKโ€™s fastest-growing independent film festivals! We are proud to announce that we are sponsored by FilmFreeway and will be screening at the Everyman Bristol Cinema.

Since we started in 2016 we have had submissions from over 120 countries. We pride ourselves on being an international film festival. We aspire to promote, recognize and support independent filmmakers throughout the world by hosting a variety of awards to provide the best opportunities for filmmakers and help them receive their deserved recognition. We welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations, and screenplays.

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โ€ขWe aim to create a community of independent film-makers and an environment where we can celebrate independent film and our submittersโ€™ creations.
โ€ขFor each event, we provide networking booklets that include information about each winner and ways to contact them. We also provide trophies and winners packs.
โ€ขEach season we offer cash prizes to our favorite submissions to help fund their future projects.
โ€ขFinally, we aim to establish personal relationships with our submitters. We always enjoy finally meeting with our filmmakers/ scriptwriters and being able to celebrate their accomplishments in person.

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Bristol was recently recognized by UNESCO as a โ€œCity of Filmโ€ alongside the likes of Sydney, Rome, and Galway. We pride ourselves on being the largest celebration of independent film in Bristol and we aim to create a hub for independent film-makers.

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Our submissions are judged by a jury of international industry professionals. They rate each submission on 10 different categories including cinematography, writing, pacing, and creativity. This helps them decide which submissions make it to the final stage where there will be jury group viewings to make sure we only pick the best quality submissions.

We look forward to viewing your creations and hope to meet you at our 5th annual celebration of independent film.

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 โ€œwinnerโ€ laurel with a hard copy certificate and special engraved โ€œBristol Independent Film Festivalโ€ 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
  • S T E P H E N L E V Y

    This was my second time attending the film festival and all I can say is it has gone from strength to strength. As always, great communication and good value. All of the films that were screened were of a high standard in cinematography, storytelling, directing and production. I had the pleasure of watching every film of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I just like to say a big thank you to the festival for giving me a Honourable Mention for my film No Justice, No peace. I am truly honoured! Keep up the great work!

    October 2021
  • Brilliant festival by brilliant people. Friendly, enthusiastic and accommodating.
    You couldn't ask for more. You gotta love Brizzel

    October 2021
  • it was really a Wonderfull experience with Bristol film festival, even though due to Covid 19,the physical event was not possible but still they managed to do it online and thankfully I won the best student documentary award as well.i must recommend all the independent film makers to do consider this platform.

    October 2020
  • Miles Wilkes

    Truly honoured and thrilled for our film Allan & Waspy to be selected and pick up an award for best short film. Highly recommended! Big thanks BIFF!

    October 2020
  • Arunas Stoskus

    Professional team and wide selection of films. Great communication with selected participants. Congrats for finding the ways to hold the festival despite the pandemic.

    October 2020