The British Independent Film Festival is a festival run by independent filmmakers for independent filmmakers. It is organised by the Film Festival Guild and therefore has links to festivals around the world.

The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened at great red carpet-style venues to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public.

The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking. BIFF 2017 will be hosted at the Empire Cinema, in Leicester Square. We went to 5 screens across the UK in 2012 and 10 screens in 2013, and we always aim to grow.

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious British Lion Award for Achievement in Film on a Low Budget.

Every year the festival screens at a variety of venues across the UK, increasing exposure for your film and giving new audiences the chance to enjoy your movie.

Rules & Terms

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 and FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival. The venues for each 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 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 organisers 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

Feature Film
Short Film
Student Film
Music Video
Documentary
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 Cinematography
Best Music
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Student Film
Best Music Video
British Lion Award (Best achievement on a low budget)
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.

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    Laura Evelyn

    I had a short film screening at BIFF and the event itself (including the complimentary drink and schmoozing after the awards ceremony) was probably the most pleasant I've had the pleasure of being included in. Excellent organisation, a quality affair, laid back but important, a sense of community, a positive vibe all round. Can't wait for next year's.

    May 2017
    Biff newlogo
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Laura! We look forward to having you back!

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    Liam O'Hara

    BIFF was a great festival to have as our first! Screening at Cineworld Leicester Square was a fantastic experience and great for cast and crew. Would very much recommend this festival to filmmakers.

    May 2017
    Biff newlogo
    Response from festival:

    It was great to have your film at the festival, can't wait to see what you create next! #supportindifilms