The Caribbean International Film Fest is the only festival in the UK which celebrates contemporary stories from Caribbean filmmakers. Launching at the Mockingbird Cinema in Birmingham, UK on September 17th, CIFF will platform a range of memorable films over an exciting week of pop-up events in the West Midlands.

Films of all lengths will be accepted via FilmFreeway from July 13th through August 10th, 2022.

CIFF’s call for submissions provides the opportunity for both experienced and emerging filmmakers to share their work internationally. If you are of Caribbean descent or have lived in the Caribbean for 3+ years, you are welcome to submit your films; multiple submissions are permitted.

Beyond submissions received via FilmFreeway, Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema will also consider film recommendations from the CIFF2022 selection committee and industry colleagues.

Caribbean International Film Fest is supported by Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery.


Best Feature Film - All films over 40 minutes are automatically considered for this award
Best Short Film - All films under 40 minutes are automatically considered for this award
Best Animation - All films which consist of more than 75% original animated material are automatically considered for this award.
Sweet Lime Award - celebrating films which capture authentic portraits of Caribbean life, set within the region, with fascinating, well-told stories. All submissions are automatically considered for this award.

Films must be in English or subtitled.

Filmmakers should be of first- or second-generation Caribbean descent, have Caribbean citizenship, or be living in a Caribbean country for 3+ years. Along with your submission, please include what your connection is to the Caribbean, including your birth country and where you are currently based (e.g. I was born and raised in St Lucia, but moved to the UK as a teenager/ My parents are from Jamaica, but I was born in the USA and am still here/ I was born in France but have been living in Barbados since May 2019).

You must own all the rights to your submission.

By submitting your film, you grant permission for your film's theatrical screenings at venues associated with Caribbean International Film Fest during the period of the Festival.

By submitting your film, you agree that the trailer or clips of your film can be used for promotional purposes if selected.

If your film is selected, you should be willing to provide filmmaker information, further film details, a film trailer if available, and other associated promotional materials.

CIFF accepts film of all genres, but promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.)⁣⁣

Films should be submitted by midnight, August 10th, 2022.

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Overall Rating
  • Janet Marrett

    It was wonderful to have our short film ASUNDER in the official selection for Caribbean Pop-up 2022.
    Amazing team and great venues - opportunities for networking.
    This festival was a huge success in it’s inaugural edition - a much needed voice for Caribbean films in the UK.

    November 2022
  • Rhonda Chan Soo

    This is such a welcome addition to the platforms for Caribbean-film to impact international audiences. The festival runner was so warm and energising when I attended in Birmingham UK in 2022. Excited to see how the festival grows.

    November 2022