Dirigo is an International Student Film Festival directed and produced by BA (Hons) Film & Media Arts Production students from University Centre Weston. This festival aims to inspire and showcase the creativity of student filmmakers worldwide. It is an open festival with no set boundaries; we actively encourage new styles, voices and direction.

We hope to be returning to the Arnolfini in Bristol for our festival screening in late January 2023.

Awards will be given out to:

The Best International Student Film - The best film submitted from outside the UK.

The Best UK Student Film - The best film submitted from the UK.

The Best in South West (England) Student Film - The best film submitted from the south west of England.

The Best Animated Film - The film with the best use of animation.

The Young Filmmakers Award - The best film from a filmmaker aged 18 and under.

The Audience Award - The audience's choice of the best film on the night.

Submission Eligibility:

• The maximum limit on the length of films, including the credits, is 15 minutes
• Films must have been completed while studying at an Education Institution
• Films must have been completed within the last two years. October 2020 - To Date.
• They can be any genre including drama, documentary, animation, comedy and experimental

Copyright - It is expected that filmmakers hold all of the respective rights required for their film before submitting. This includes all music, sound effects, product placement, actor/model release forms, etc.

Student Verification - Please attach a copy of student ID and let us know where and when you studied.

Press Materials - Please use the FilmFreeway press kit to submit trailers, productions stills, bios, etc. about your film. So we can help promote your film and the festival.

Video/ Photo Publicity release - By submitting to Dirigo International Student Film Festival, you agree that upon acceptance, Dirigo may use your film as part of promotion materials (i.e. trailer) for the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Great communication. Wasn't able to attend the virtual festival but happy to screen our work here.

    February 2021
  • Erin Kokdil

    The Dirigo Festival created an opportunity for our youth to experience recognition on a broader stage. We are grateful for the chance to participate in a film festival that values young voices and the lens through which they see the world. Thank you.

    February 2021
  • Here at Escape Studios in London we were delighted that our film "Offcut" won an award at the Dirigo festival. Our only suggestion would be to have a brief awards ceremony at the end - it's always nice to have pictures!

    February 2020
  • Wouter Dijkstra

    Glad to be selected with my film POLARBARRY - LET'S BREAK THE ICE!! - VLOG #207 for this festival. I was unable to attend, but the communication towards me was respectful and clear. Also I got a message from someone of the public who said the screening was great!

    February 2020
  • Thank you very much for the release of my film "Division" at the Dirigo Film Festival. Great organization but above all great people and movies. I will never forget my stay in Bristol and great hospitality.

    June 2019