Based in The Midlands, UK, EQAD Film Festival welcomes films and film makers celebrating and representing Equality and Diversity.

With COVID changing the face of how everyone works we have had to diversify ourselves, working in new and innovative ways to reach people with our own disability lead theatre and film.

We have adapted to change, as many are and have already, by using a combination of social media, recorded drama and song and streamed live theatre pieces.

We are embracing this new way of working as a sign of positive things to come and have already begun reaching more people than ever before - both audience and participants.

We are setting up EQAD to address the lack of representation of diversity and equality and to reward and to create a network whereby films can be shared on an accessible platform with the hope of linking into the bigger festivals and awards organisations and getting all aspects of diverse film making noticed and credited.

Due to covid restrictions we will be holding an awards event online via streaming media on 15th March 2021. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges to be announced and streamed simultaneously on social media etc

The overall winner will be chosen by public vote.

Normally there is a charge to submit films to festivals. We would like to split the profit from monetization between the winners.

A range of awards TBA to be judged by a panel and public vote for overall winner

The award ceremony will now take place online as a streaming event

You must enter your project under a ‘Main Category’ in order to enter ‘Additional Categories'

We accept all genres in any language, however they must come with CC/Subtitles in English if English is not the spoken language in the entry.

Main Categories
Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Web-Series, Best Animation/Stop Motion, Best Documentary, Best Music Video.

Please select the right category while submitting.

1. Extremist or propaganda content
2. Pornography of any kind.
3. Torture/Snuff/Mutilation material.
Please aim for as high a production standard as you can - best sound, subtitles/captions for non-English films, video resolution at least 720p HD etc

EQAD Film Festival is hereby granted the rights to utilise any excerpt from any project submitted for promotional purposes of the festival. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the project for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements, rules and regulations. We may promote some of the films by uploading their trailers/teasers/posters/production stills on our website and on our social media outlets.

EQAD Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entries. The festival judges can remove the project from the festival at any time.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless EQAD Film Festival, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

As an entry works its way thru the selection process, the submitter will be notified via FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Anne Jammet

    We win!!!!!! Thanks so much for having making us winner of your wonderful festival and most of all : for having shared and understood my project Sadaf <3
    Great team!

    August 2021
  • Arvind Pratap

    Good film festival that give a good exposure.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks. First time running it.. and coping with streaming as opposed to face to face so all comments useful for what we do next year. Keep plugging the site.. the videos will be up for a while yet

  • Very nice and friendly festival with a great theme, very good comms

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks and great to have had you on board

  • Mihir Lele

    Wonderfully organised and executed by Steve and the full team at EQAD. Much love!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks and glad you enjoyed it. We will learn for the future