Welcome to the UK’s premiere competition for amateur film-makers!

Movies may be on any subject, and of any length. A large selection of the entries will be shown at the British International Amateur Film Festival in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, 25th-28th April 2019.

All movies accepted into the competition will receive written comments from the judging panel.

Programme for BIAFF 2019:

Thursday 25th April
2.00pm BIAFF desk open
7.00pm Dinner
8.30pm Evening Entertainment

Friday 26th April
9.00am BIAFF desk open
9.30am Excursion
7.00pm Dinner
8.30pm Audio-Visual Competition Winners Show

Saturday 27th April
9.00am BIAFF desk open
9.30am Four Mini-Cinemas – a selection of movies from the IAC British International Amateur Film Competition 2018
Tea/coffee will be served at an appropriate time
12.30pm Lunch break
2.00pm Four Mini-Cinemas – a further selection of movies from the IAC British International Amateur Film Competition 2018
Tea/coffee will be served at an appropriate time
7.00pm Reception
7.30pm Festival Dinner.

Sunday 28rd April
10am The Award Winners’ Show part 1
11:15am Coffee/tea break
11.45am The Award Winners’ Show part 2
1pm Lunch – must be pre-booked
2.30pm The Award Winners’ Show part 3
4pm Coffee/tea break
4.30pm The Award Winners’ Show part 4
6pm End of BIAFF 2019

Events and timings are provisional and subject to confirmation.

For more details and booking information please see our website www.biaff.org.uk

Films will be graded on a “Star” system (1 to 5) plus eight Diamond Awards for the best entries. With the exception of the IAC Diamond Awards, there is no limit to the number of awards in each category.
• The movie judged to be the best production in the competition will be announced at the Festival and awarded a special trophy, together with a cash prize of £250.
• The “Best British” entry will receive a cash prize of £100.
• Other awards include those considered to be the best: Documentary; Story; Animation; Editing; Sound; Acting; Humour; Photography; “One Minute” Movie.
• In addition, there will be awards for the best films by those in the Under 16 and 16-21 age groups. The overall best British young film-maker will receive a prize of £250.
• One-off Judges’ Special Awards such as Pop-Video, Experimental, Abstract, Computer-Generated, Public-Awareness, may be given.
• There will also be a trophy for the best entry from an IAC affiliated club.
Makers of the 5 Star films and all award winners listed above will be provided with a distinctive BIAFF laurel which may be appended to future releases of the film.
Through the generosity of our sponsors additional prizes may also be awarded. Note: Certain awards may not be given if, in the opinion of the Judges, there is no deserving entry.

1. This competition is for films made by individuals or groups for pleasure and not for commercial gain. The following are, however, permissible:
• Films made by IAC regions and clubs for the benefit of those organisations.
• Public or private exhibition and sale, where the proceeds are solely for the benefit of clubs, regions or bona fide charities.
Any sponsorship must be used only to cover production costs and the expenses of the production team and actors, and not for paid assistance from video professionals, either for filming or post-production (apart from the making of copies). Members of the production team, including actors, should not be paid for their time devoted to the production, other than expenses.
If it is discovered, either before or after making any award, that the film has infringed these requirements, the organisers will have the right to disqualify it, revoke the awards and reclaim any prizes. The IAC and BIAFF logos may not be used in connection with any film without express permission from the organisers.
2. Movies may be on any subject, and of any length. However, it may not be possible to include complete winning movies in the Award Show if they are over 30 minutes long, in which case extracts may be shown.
3. “One Minute” entries must have a screen time of not more than 60 seconds, including titles and credits.
4. Names as supplied will be used on certificates and trophies.
5. Copyright clearance of all material, both sound and picture, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
6. The IAC reserve the right: (a) to present any entry or part of any entry at the International Festival; (b) without prejudice to the maker’s copyright, to make copies for the IAC Film Library or for the purpose of training judges; (c) to release all or part of any entry for publicity purposes; (d) to exclude any entry.
7. Young film-makers must be in either the Under 16 or 16-21 age groups at the closing date.
8. Young film-makers have a choice of two options (but not both) according to their aspirations and experience:
• Compete in the main competition and be judged against older competitors on an equal basis. This is for film-makers wishing to establish a “track record”, possibly achieving the highest awards of the festival. OR
• Enter a special competition designed specifically to coach and encourage younger film-makers. No specific “Star” grading will be awarded, but an educational critique will be provided for each entry and a trophy will be awarded for the best film in each age group.
The overall awards for Best Under 16, Best 16-21 and Best British Young Film-maker will be selected from the winners of both competitions.
9. Appointed 1st round judges may enter the competition. However, they will be kept strictly unaware at the judging weekend of when, where and by whom their work is to be assessed, and of the results awarded. Judges will not assess any work from their own region.
10. Receipt of all entries will be acknowledged. If acknowledgement is not received within 14 days of posting please contact the Competition Manager.
11. Every care will be taken of all entries but the IAC cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
12. Movies entered in a previous year may not be entered again unless substantially revised. (Ask if in doubt.)
13. If the maker wishes to update their entry after the original version has been submitted there will be a £10 administration fee.
14. Trophies will be retained by their winners. Any trophies not collected at the festival will be forwarded upon payment for postage and packing.
15. It may be necessary to limit the number of entries to the competition.
16. The decision of the Judges is final and no correspondence can be entered into.

Overall Rating
  • Gage Oxley

    I was very glad to attend the BIAFF this year, and very much enjoyed meeting guests who'd seen my film the day before at the Festival, and chatting to people about how and why the film was made. I was very grateful to receive three awards as part of this festival - and have since been put forward for a number of other festivals directly from this selection.

    I would definitely recommend submitting to BIAFF, and attending if you have the opportunity.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Gage for your positive comments and support. We opened on FilmFreeway just two days ago for the 2019 Festival and I've already received an entry from Canada, which I hope will be the first of many.

    Best wishes,

    David Newman
    IAC Competition Manager

  • One of the most relaxed and enjoyable festivals I have been to. Everything was well communicated to us and it was a remarkable team.
    Certificates and trophies are of wonderful design.

    My only negative would be that I would love it to have more of an evening networking vibe, drinks and a chat to get to know other filmmakers.

    All and all a wonderful experience

    April 2018