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. This is your chance to submit your film(s) and gain an opportunity to showcase your talents at Dirigo. Entries are open from the 9th of October 2019.

Dirigo is directed and produced by FdA Film & Media Arts Production students from University Centre Weston.

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 2017 - 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
  • 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 Caltanissette and great Sicilian hospitality.

    June 2019
  • Great little festival - thanks for the award! x

    February 2019
  • Real good. Especially for one of its age.

    Selection of films were good and seemed at least vaguely cohesive.

    Nice folks despite being film students.

    February 2019
  • I was unable to attend the festival since I was in U.S., but it was a huge honor for my film "Doll It Up" to win The Best Comedy and The Audience Award! Thank you Dirigo team for creating such a wonderful festival for student filmmakers around the world! ! Hope to be out there next year!

    February 2019
  • Sonia Wargacka

    Had a quite bad experience with Dirigo Film Festival this year. I have received an email saying that my film has been shortlisted and that I am invited to the screening. I have sent the required materials to the email given in the email from the organisers, assumed everything was okay and showed up to the screening with people from my crew. It was quite a surprise to see my film was not in a program! It turned out that Dirigo's email was misspelled in the email I received, so it seems like my materials have never been received, but also no one bothered to contact me that something is wrong. Funny enough, I live in the same city that Dirigo was happening in, so I am glad I did not travel far only to realise that due to a admin mistake as well as lack of communication of Dirigo with me my film has not been shown. Not the best experience, I must say.

    January 2018
    Response from festival:

    Apologies for the confusion, your film was shortlisted. It made the short list of 24 films selected from 113 films submitted. But unfortunately it didn't make the final selection (of 12 films) for Awards screening at Arnolfini. This should have been made clearer in email.

    Sincere apologies. Congratulations on a great film.

    Dirigo Team
    (Have sent you an email too).