CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival is the region's premier film festival and has been celebrating cinema in all its forms for 18 years in the city and surrounding area. In 2021 CINECITY will present the 19th annual edition of the festival with a mixture of physical and online screenings in early November.

CINECITY 2021 has three film submissions categories:

NEW VOICES - UNDER-25s EMERGING TALENT
Supported by Screen and Film School Brighton
Short films (under 15 mins) made by local filmmakers aged 25 and under. We welcome submissions from Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex.

CINECITY OPEN
Short films (under 30 mins) made by local filmmakers. We welcome submissions from Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex.

FIRST FEATURES
UK & International film submissions over 60 minutes to be featured in our main programme. Films of all genres are accepted in this category, including experimental but please note this year we are only considering Debut or First Feature films.

CINECITY charges a submission fee to cover the submissions viewing team’s time and administration.

In 2021 CINECITY is taking submissions in 3 separate categories. Please read the below Rules & Terms for the category that applies to your project.

NEW VOICES - UNDER-25s EMERGING TALENT
1. At least two out of three of the main creative team (director, writer, producer) are aged 25 or under before November 2021.
2. The producer, director or writer lives, works or studies in Brighton & Hove, East or West Sussex AND/OR a significant part of the film’s production took place in Brighton & Hove, East or West Sussex.
3. Films must have been completed since September 2020.
4. CINECITY does not require any premiere status, however films are not accepted if they are already available online for public viewing.
5. Films must be no longer than 15 minutes.
6. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.
7. By submitting your film, you agree not to withdraw your film from CINECITY after it has been selected by our selection team.
8. Submissions also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws.

CINECITY OPEN
1. At least one out of the three main creative team (director, writer, producer) lives, works or studies in Brighton & Hove, East or West Sussex AND/OR significant part of the film’s production took place in Brighton & Hove, East or West Sussex.
2. Films must have been completed since September 2020.
3. CINECITY does not require any premiere status, however films are not accepted if they are already available online for public viewing.
4. Films must be no longer than 30 minutes.
5. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.
6. By submitting your film, you agree not to withdraw your film from CINECITY after it has been accepted by our selection team.
7. Submission also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws.

FIRST FEATURES
1. Films must have been completed since September 2020.
2. CINECITY does not require any premiere status, however films are not accepted if they are already available online for public viewing.
3. Films must be longer than 60 minutes.
4. All entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.
5. By submitting your film, you agree not to withdraw your film from CINECITY after it has been accepted by our selection team.
6. Submission also certifies that all film and music rights and clearances have been obtained in accordance with UK copyright laws.
7. Please note this year we are only considering debut or first feature films.

Overall Rating
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  • Ross Jameson

    Such a wonderful festival! Lovely people running it. Great choice of films. And with the Duke of York's Picturehouse, you get one of the best cinemas in the country to experience it. Very much looking forward to next year.

    November 2021
  • Mia Mackie

    Couldn't recommend this festival more - a. fantastic team, and the new Amplify format made the experience even better! Would wholeheartedly urge filmmakers to enter.

    November 2020
  • CINECITY teaming up with AMPLIFY! was a fantastic experience. They were extremely organized, very communicative, and made everyone feel special no matter what the length and budget was for each film. I'd highly recommend entering, especially if you reside in the Sussex region.

    November 2020
  • Lisa Harmer

    A great event to be part of . Really good to meet other film makers a real buzz on the night.

    January 2020
  • Daniel Kassim

    Excellent experience, the event coordinators were incredibly welcoming and accommodating. The event was great, I would definitely take part in this festival again.

    March 2019