Coventry Phoenix Film Festival is an in-person 2-day film festival taking place at Fargo Village in Coventry at the end of April 2025.

The festival launched in 2022 to coincide with Coventry's year as the UK City of Culture, and has grown into a popular and exciting annual event, now entering its fourth year.

The programme consists of screenings of curated films, documentaries and animations selected from the competition categories, as well as industry talks, filmmaker Q&As, our infamous film quiz, and vital networking events, culminating in our awards ceremony, where winning filmmakers will walk away with trophies and a coveted place as a CPFF winner.

Ultimately, the competition encourages submissions from all genres with the hope of promoting and supporting filmmakers both regionally and from around the world, providing another legitimate platform for a global audience to discover their work.

Submit your film today!

Best Short Film - trophy
Bet Documentary - trophy
Best Animation - trophy
Phoenix Rising Award - trophy for best Young Filmmaker

Eligible for submission are films produced after January 2022. 

Submission via FilmFreeway must include:

• The film which is either in English or includes English subtitles
• Promotional materials if available

By submitting you confirm that:
- you possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival. All contributors to your films have provided consent forms for their contribution. If they are underage, this must be from parent/guardian.
- You are 18+ years old or a teacher submitting student work for the 16-18 year old young filmmaker category.
- You have read the below information and would like to take part.

Do you have to take part?

No – it is entirely up to you. If you do decide to take part, please keep a copy of this information and submit your film to show that you understand your rights in relation to the project, and that you are happy to participate. You are free to withdraw your information from the festival at any time using the FilmFreeway withdraw functionality and informing the festival team until the screening information and shortlisted films are published in March 2023. You do not need to provide a reason for withdrawing. A decision to withdraw, or not to take part, will not affect you in any way.

What will happen if I decide to take part?

You film will be considered for inclusion in CPFF by the festival team. We will inform you of our decision via FilmFreeway. Selected films will be screened as part of CPFF and promoted via the festival website and social media platforms. ALL programming selections are at the discretion of the festival curation team and their decision is final.

What information is being collected for CPFF?

The information collected via FilmFreeway includes your contact details, credits, director statement and film specification.

Lawful basis of processing

Under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) 2016 we must have a lawful basis to process your personal data and for the purpose of CPFF, our lawful basis is that of Consent. Although we do obtain your consent, this is not for data protection purposes.

What will happen to the results of the research?

The submissions may be screened as part of CPFF, advertised via our website and social media platforms in trailers, teasers and posts, summarised in published articles, reports and presentations. Quotes or key findings will always be made anonymous in any formal outputs unless we have your prior and explicit written permission to attribute them to you by name.

Who will have access to the information?

Your data will only be accessed by the research team. The selected film will be screened at the festival.

Where will the information be stored and how long will it be kept for?

Your data will be processed in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). All information collected about you will be kept strictly confidential. Film will include credits and promote you as a filmmaker.

All electronic data will be stored on the FilmFreeway platform, except for the film submissions and marketing materials which will be used as part of the festival and its accompanying marketing materials, including on social media.

What will happen next?

If you would like to take part, please submit your film via FilmFreeway. Submitting this way will be considered as your consent to take part.

Who do I contact if I have any questions or concerns?

Sanna Wicks

Thank you for taking time to read this information sheet and for considering participating in CPFF.

Overall Rating
  • Really lovely event, well run by some very passionate people, thanks for the award! ❤️

    June 2024
  • Karl Dixon

    I can’t really say enough good things about this event. It was well-curated, took place in a brilliant venue (with excellent tech capability), was run by really enthusiastic staff and attracted a big crowd of inspiring creatives. I would definitely recommend this festival for any filmmakers looking for festivals to exhibit their work at.

    May 2023
  • Andy Dale

    Excellent festival. Great privilege to be there.

    April 2023
  • Tom Laxton

    Great festival, great venue, great guest speakers and film selections

    April 2023
  • Adam Park

    It was a delight to be included + receive an award at the inaugural Coventry Phoenix Film Festival. A great blend of eager students, great guests, and well-organised proceedings. Really enjoyed being there: will look forward to watching the festival grow + submitting in the future!

    May 2022