So you'd like to submit your film to our festival? Great idea!

It's the fifth year for the British Documentary Film Festival, and we're accepting submissions of any and every type of documentary! We're happy to offer an eclectic line up from film-makers keen to get their documentary screened in London at a top venue like the Empire Cinema!

The Environmental Award
- This award is given to a film for its contribution to raising awareness about an environmental issue, in a powerful and unique way.

The Life Changing Award
- An award for a film that deals with a social issue and makes a contribution towards a better world to live in.

The Wild Animal Award
- Given to the documentary that captures animals and wild life in a creative and enlightening way.

The Heritage Award
- Given to a documentary that remembers a time from history that has passed and captures its spirit and sense of period.

Best Short Documentary
- This award is for a documentary under 55 minutes, that the jury deem to be unique, original, fresh and bold.

British Documentary Film Festival
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival. The venue for the festival will be announced closer to the date of the event.

2. Competition
The festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.

3. Subtitles
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

4. Formats
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital .PDF via the FilmFreeway.

Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit a DCP.
*Please note we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted it to 16:9.

5. Selection
Festivals are organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

6. Entry Returns
We do not return submission entries.

7. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organizers at least 7 days before any scheduled screening.

8. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

9. Categories

Environmental Documentaries
Social Documentaries
Wildlife Documentaries
Heritage Documentaries
Short Documentaries

10. Awards

The Environmental Award
The Life Changing Award
The Wild Animal Award
The Heritage Award
Best Short Documentary​

11. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and Voting
There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screening and awards. The administrators' decision is final.

Overall Rating
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    chidi nobi

    A great venue in the West End and nice people running it. A++

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    We're glad you had a great time! And as always, we hope to see our guests next year!