Derby Film Festival is one of the leading regional film festival in the UK. Bringing together film fans, filmmakers and industry figures, Derby Film Festival is four days long and will run from 17th to the 21st November 2022.

The patrons of Derby FIlm Festival are actor/director David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) and Anwen Hurt.

Screenings, previews and showcase events with major figures from the world of film will be accompanied by panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses.

In 2020, we went online for the first time with a very successful festival showcasing the best in cinema from around the world.

In previous years we have welcomed:
Actors :Toyah Willcox (Quadrophenia, Jubilee), Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Sexy Beast)
Actor and author Simon Callow (Amadeus, Doctor Who) Julie Peasgood, Sir John Hurt, Jenny Agutter, Phil Davis.

Directors Mark Herman, Jake West, Peter Sasdy, John Hough, Waris Hussein, Mandie Fletcher and Michael Armstrong

In 2021, we awarded:
Best Film - Repeat
Best Short Film - LifeLike
Best Mid-Length Film - Brink By Brink

In 2021, we previewed Cannes Award winner Titane (2021), Lamb (2021) , River (2022), Cow (2022) alongside a range of submitted films. We also showcased classic silent film Metropolis with live organ accompaniment at Derby Cathedral.

Special guests included Molly Windsor (Make Up), plus directors John Williams (Tales Of The Creeping Death), Repeat (Richard Miller & Grant Archer).

Best Film (feature)
Best Film (short)
Best Genre Film (feature)
Best Genre Film (short)
Best Mid Length Film
Best Director
Young Programmer's Award

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The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening (s) during the film festival dates, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

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Overall Rating
  • Lovely evening and a great place to network with other local filmmakers

    November 2022
  • Tristan Tull

    Fabulous festival, Rebekah did a great job as both curator and host.
    Quality of picture and sound flawless and the seats very comfy. Thank you Derby !

    November 2022
  • Heléna Antonio

    A wonderful Festival, organised by film lovers.
    I am really grateful that my film ‘2020’ was selected and screened along with superb films.
    Really well done, I do look forward to submitting my upcoming projects to the Festival.

    November 2021
  • Keith Allott

    Awesome festival with great organisers and programmers. Well worth submitting your work too, highly recommend.

    November 2021
  • The Derby Film Festival, Derby England, and the Quad will now forever hold a place in my heart. Alicja, you rock!

    November 2021