London’s famous Leicester Square hosts The British Independent Film Festival. Now in its eleventh year, the festival has grown to become one of the UK’s hottest events on the independent film scene.

Prepare your tuxedo for the red carpet, as all screenings are held at the exclusive Cineworld, with a glittering awards ceremony at the end of the festival and then an after party to mix with the other film makers and enjoy the nightlife of London.

Distributors, Sales Agents, Press and Film Financiers are all invited to the screenings and we have a high success rate of films securing UK distribution each year.

With a number of awards, including Best Feature, Best Short, Best Actress and Best Actor the event supports those involved both in front and behind the camera.

We are now also working with the incredible script services company ScriptUp who are sponsoring some new awards! The Best Unproduced Screenplay will take home the coveted title of "ScriptUp Select" while 4 lucky runners up will receive a full ScriptUp service for their script worth £150!

We accept films of all genres, both feature length and short, including music videos and documentaries. We screen films from all around the globe and focus on quality over budget when deciding our Official Selection.

Red carpet, amazing cinema, incredible after party, awards and distribution offers. What are you waiting for? Submit your masterpiece today.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
The Milsome Award for Cinematography
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
The British Lion Award (Best achievement on a low budget)
The Legend of Cinema Award
Best Unproduced Screenplay
Best Screenplay Runner Up x 4 (includes breakdown service from ScriptUp)

British Independent Film Festival
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
Please refer to the individual film festival dates and times. The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival.

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 and may lead to the cancellation of your screening. 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 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. The 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
DCPs supplied with self-addressed and postaged envelopes will be returned via post. Any DCPs remaining with the Film Festival Guild 6 weeks after the event will be destroyed.

7. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organisers at least 28 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

Feature Film
Short Film
Student Film
Music Video
Unproduced Screenplay

*Please note that if we do not receive enough acceptable submissions for each category, we will merge them e.g. Student Films will be moved into Short or Feature Films.

10. Awards

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
The Milsome Award for Cinematography
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
The British Lion Award (Best achievement on a low budget)
The Legend of Cinema Award
Best Unproduced Screenplay

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

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
By submitting to our festival, we will utilise any personal data that you submit to us as part of the details of your submission, to evaluate your submission for the purposes of the festival. We will store your data to contact you about future festivals and events that you may be interested in from either ourselves or third parties.
We will also use your data as part of our internal surveys to assess the number of submissions for the festival and where submissions came from and from what category.
You are in control of your data and should you wish to delete your data, you may request us to do this at anytime.
Asking us to delete your data before the end of the festival, will delete your submission from the festival and no refunds will be given.
To withdraw consent to use your data and delete it from our systems, please email us with your request.

Data Consent.
The only way to enter our film festival is by submission. It is not possible to enter the festival without a submission. Therefore by submitting to our festival you are giving us consent to utilise your data.
It is impossible for our festival to manage your submission and your involvement in our festival without using your data.
If you do not consent to this and would like us to delete your data entirely after the festival, please contact us. By making a submission to our festival you are giving your consent for us to use your data in the ways listed in point 12 of our rules and conditions. By making a submission to our festival you are allowing us to use your data and agreeing to abide by our festival rules, terms and conditions.
Third Parties that we may share your data with are other film festivals, competitions and/or film festival submission websites.

Freedom Of Information
Under the Freedom of Information Act all client information kept by us is available to claim. This can include personal data, any saved emails, course attendance or mail.
A request must be filed by the person in question in an email. This must include the full name and address and any details of what kinds of information would be kept (eg: if there are emails – and to who they would have been addressed) so as to assist full investigation of the claim.
We will also charge a £10 administrative fee payable by PayPal. Any further claims will subsequently be charged £10 at every instance. In the cases where data contain private information concerning other clients or staff, such instances exempt from FOI claims, we may refuse to deliver such data alternatively explaining why this would not be available.
If you are dissatisfied with our response comments must be sent to:
Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Overall Rating
  • Laurie Barraclough

    Great festival with a wonderful screening at Cineworld Leicester Sq. Some amazing films and talent on show.

    July 2019
  • Graham Atkins-Hughes

    So happy to have been selected for this festival, the staff are really supportive plus we had the added bonus, of getting nominated for three awards, and won one of them. Couldn't be happier,

    June 2019
  • Yury Sharov

    Really enjoyed being part of the British Independent Film Festival! It was a great selection of short films and fantastic Award Ceremony. Everything was organised very well and communication through the email was on the Top level. Big thanks to Jessica and Stuart for this experience.

    May 2019
  • The British Independent Film Festival is a fantastic festival. Well-organised, cool location in central London and great possibilities for networking!

    May 2019
  • Steve Johnson

    Honestly, the best early-bird price for a discount! An amazing festival. We had our World Premiere at Cineworld, Leicester Square in London and it was amazing. Great communication all the way through. The festival was helpful and made us feel really special. Thank you!!!

    May 2019