Welcome to the UK’s premiere competition for amateur filmmakers!

Movies may be on any subject, and of any length. Selected entries will be shown at the British International Amateur Film Festival from 5th to 7th May 2023 at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham, UK. Additional online screenings will take place from Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 4th May. Registration details coming soon.

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

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

IAC members enjoy free entry until the Earlybird deadline of 18th December 2022 and discounted rates thereafter.

Not an IAC member? To receive entry fee discounts and discover the other benefits of IAC membership visit https://www.theiac.org.uk/join/member.html

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 £500

• The “Best British” entry will receive a cash prize of £250

• 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 filmmaker 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.

This competition is for films made by individuals or groups for no commercial gain

Please note the following competition rules.

1. Financing, however sourced, must only be used to cover the direct costs of producing the film, including (but not limited to) transportation, equipment hire, copyright fees, catering, and actual expenses incurred by actors and crew. Paid assistance from professionals, including for production, talent or postproduction is not permitted. If it is discovered, either before or after making any award, that a film has infringed these requirements, the organisers reserve the right to disqualify it, revoke any awards and reclaim any prizes.

2. Films may be on any subject, and of any length. A selection of the entries will be shown at the British International Amateur Film Festival, 2nd – 7th May 2023. However, it may not be possible to include winning films in the Award Show if they are over 30 minutes long. Extracts may be shown. Please refer to the festival website www.biaff.org.uk nearer the event.

3. Films will be graded on a “Star” system (1 to 5) plus Diamond Awards for the best 8 entries. Except for the IAC Diamond Awards, there is no limit to the number of awards in each category.

4. The film judged to be the best production in the competition will be announced at the festival and awarded an IAC trophy, together with a cash prize of £500.

5. The “Best British” entry will receive a cash prize of £250.

6. Other awards include those considered to be the best: Documentary; Story; Animation; Editing; Sound; Acting; Humour; Photography; “1-Minute” Film; entry from an IAC affiliated club.

7. In addition, there will be awards for the best films in the Under 16 and 16-21 age groups. The overall best British young filmmaker will receive a prize of £250.

8. One-off Judges’ Special Awards may be given at the discretion of the final round judges.

9. Makers of 5-Star films and all other award winners will receive a distinctive BIAFF laurel which may be appended to the film after the festival.

10. All films accepted into the competition will receive written comments from the judging panel. The judges will be allowed to view the film again after the main judging event to assist in preparing the appraisal. The award will be based solely on the decision reached following the judging panel’s first viewing of the film.

11. “One Minute” entries must not exceed a screen time of 60 seconds, including titles and credits.

12. Entries may be submitted on-line via www.wetransfer.com or similar. Online transfers should be directed to biaffcompetition@gmail.com. Alternatively, entries may be on DVD, Blu-Ray disc or memory stick/card in most formats – mp4
preferred.

13. There is no limit to the number of entries from an individual maker. Forms are available at www.biaff.org.uk. If return of discs and memory sticks is required after the festival, prepaid stamped addressed packaging must be supplied.

14. Copyright clearance of all material, both sound and picture, is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

15. The IAC and BIAFF logos may not be used in connection with any film without express permission from the organisers. The IAC reserves 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.

16. To qualify for reduced entry fees, young filmmakers must be in either the Under 16 or 16-21 age groups at the closing date of 31 January 2023.

17. The overall awards for Best Under 16, Best 16-21 and Best British Young Filmmaker will be selected from the winners of both competitions.

18. Films entered in this competition in a previous year may not be entered again unless substantially revised. (If in doubt, please ask.)

19. Entry to the competition is free for IAC members and affiliated clubs if received no later than 18th December 2022.

20. The judges’ decisions are final.

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  • It was an honor that my film ’Boellie’ was selected. The organization puts a lot of love and effort in this great festival. The feedback you get from the jury is comprehensive and informative.

    The people in the organization are very friendly and communicative and you can see that they are very passionate in what they do.

    All in all, an example of how to host a film festival!

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Daniël, and congratulations again for your winning film.

    The BIAFF Team

  • Mohammad ferajzadeh

    The festival was very well organized. I am glad that we were present at the festival with two films.
    Inshallah, the festival will be held in person next year

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mohammad. Good luck with your filmmaking and may you have every success again at BIAFF.

    The BIAFF Team

  • Thanks a lot for selecting my film "Board Gap" and for giving me the oportunity to represent it at the virtual screening. The feedback I received was comprehensive, kind and extremely helpful. Congratulations on your excellent event, I'll surely sumbit again!

    May 2022
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    Response from festival:

    It was a pleasure to see your film, Ilias. We wish you every success with your filmmaking.

    The BIAFF Team

  • Finn Morgan-Roberts

    I really enjoyed this festival! My positive experience is kind of biased as I won best-entry, but the awards they gave were high-quality physical awards and the organiser Simon was lovely. The audience was passionate whilst watching the films and I ended up crying for a few particularly moving screenings. The reviewing aspect of the festival (they send a star rating and a written review) is also extremely worth it!

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    It was great that you could join us Finn. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards.

    The BIAFF Team

  • Amy Janes

    Such a privilege to be a part of this festival!

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Such a privilege for us to have such a great film from a young filmmaker! Congratulations again on your award for Best Film by a Young Person (Under 16 category)

    The BIAFF Team