DCFF (Deptford Cinema Film Festival) is a Quarterly International Film Festival based in Deptford, South London at the community cinema Deptford Cinema. The festival aims to provide a platform for all types of long and short-form film, with a special focus on films from new and upcoming filmmakers. During the current circumstances, we will be holding the next festival season screenings online with an aim to hold a physical screening as soon as we reopen. We hope that contrary to impeding the festival, it will bring the screening to new audiences and increase attendance.

Please note that although not classified, most films will only be suitable for adults so please do not bring children to the screenings. Due to recent events, the festival will no longer accept films from agencies.


Deptford Cinema is a completely volunteer-run community cinema based in the heart of South East London. We show a range of independent, underground, alternative and arthouse films in a cozy and intimate 39-seater auditorium. We also have a Gallery with regular exhibitions featuring local and emerging artists, and additionally - multiple, flexible creative environments in the venue. To find out more about Deptford Cinema, visit our website - www.deptfordcinema.org

If you'd like to get involved in running your own Screenings & Events, come along to our Weekly Volunteers Meeting - every Sunday at 11 am at Deptford Cinema.

All submissions are made via FilmFreeway.

- Maximum Running Time: 40 Minutes
- Formats Acceptable: Full HD MP4
- All Films must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
- DCFF does not require World / Premiere Status.
- All Entries must be in English or contain English subtitles.
- Although a filmmaker can submit more than one, only one per filmmaker can be selected and screened. This is in the interest of fairness.

The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By entering your film for consideration for the festival, you authorise that your work is cleared for festival exhibition (both for physical screening and online) and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. If for any reason you prefer to limit the geography of the online screening, please let me know and we can arrange this. Similarly, if you prefer for the film to only be part fo the physical screening, please just let us know.

- We will not accept submissions via email, only through FilmFreeway
- Entry fees are non-refundable
- Only completed films may be submitted and will be considered.
- Should your film be selected, you will be required to provide a HD MP4 screener
- We do NOT accept DCP files.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the volume of entries received, DCFF cannot give individual feedback on submissions.


Entry into the festival constitutes permission to use stills, posters and excerpts and or trailers, as part of the marketing for the festival via our social media channels.

You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that you will not receive any compensation for the use of your film by the festival in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

A complete electronic version of your short must be made available to the festival no later than two weeks before the screening. Failure to do this may result in the film not being screened despite being selected due to the logistical challenges this will cause.

Submissions without sufficient promotional details provided may not be utilised in the festival promotional output, therefore please ensure that a full film summary and poster is submitted to gain the full benefits of the festival exposure.

Films submitted to the incorrect category, or which clearly do not belong in that genre, will be disqualified from the festival. Any submission fees in these cases will not be refunded. Once submitted to any particular genre specific season, a film cannot be moved to another category. Again if the film is submitted to the wrong season no submission fees can be refunded. In other words please take care when submitting.

Films with graphic adult content cannot be screened (this mainly relates to pornographic content, but includes anything in extreme bad taste) and again will be disqualified.

You understand and acknowledge that, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker Release on your behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, if applicable, you understand and acknowledge that you are agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of your child or a child for whom you are a legally designated Guardian.

By applying to the festival you are automatically opted in to receiving future communications about events which may not be related to the original season applied for. This is in order to give people a fair chance to benefit from the festival, even if their work is not initially selected in the specific season applied for. You can opt out from these communications via the email itself.

We are unable to pay fees for films.

Overall Rating
  • Even though I was unable to attend, Deptford had done a wonderful job of communicating their needs to me. They were attentive and responsive. Based on that alone, I'm sure the festival would have been a great experience in person.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for your kind words about DCFF! We look forward to welcoming you, your team and films back to a future edition of the festival!

  • Holly Summerson

    This was a very fun, welcoming festival in a brilliant venue. It was a great chance to see a range of excellent films, and everyone was very friendly. I would really recommend entering and going!

    September 2019
  • Very friendly environment! I definitely recommend submitting to this festival.

    September 2019
  • Sander Houwen

    We felt very much at home at this festival. Deptford Cinema is a charming little art house, in an up and coming neighborhood in the south of London. We received a warm welcome and the audience and hosts - Charlotte and Louis - were heart-warming enthusiastic! Both the film room as the café are ‘gezellig’, as we say in Holland. Love the colors on the wall of the foyer! All the best! Sander & Sjoerd (The Task)

    September 2019
  • Very nice venue and a great selection of films. Thanks for showing my film: 'Ringo Rocket Star and his song for Yuri Gagarin'!

    September 2019