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
  • Álex Mene

    A great experience. An interesting film festival for students with a high quality.

    March 2023
  • Aarif Laljee

    Great little festival, well done all involved.

    February 2023
  • Школа бизнеса Despaminator None

    Thank you for this amazing opportunity to show case our film-First snow !

    February 2023
  • Asher Anantham

    Thank you for choosing "The Dark Side of Pet Breeding"!

    February 2023
  • cleo leather

    Thank you for including my film in the festival. It was, however cut 5 seconds or so short. This cut off a critical moment as the end of the film and really affected the audiences response, causing confusion throughout the theatre. It was clearly a technical error, however when I addressed the issue with the staff, it wasn't amended, nor apologised for, which was incredibly disappointing.

    February 2023