Entries for our 2023 festival are now open. We can't wait to see this year's films!

In 2022, we had 318 entries from forty countries around the world. The quality of the films was so high it was difficult enough to make the 'Official Selections', never mind pick the winners.

In the end, the award for Best Film went to Love, by British director Jane Ashmore. It tells a story of unrequited love from the point of view of a person who is autistic. And the actor in the lead role is autistic.

You can find the full list of 2022 winners on our website: www.ealingfilmfestival.com

For the first time, we were able to hold our festival at Ealing Project, a brand-new cinema complex with superb projection and sound, and very comfortable seats. Our filmmakers say they love the new venue!

When we launched Ealing Film Festival in 2020, during the pandemic, it was a difficult time for everyone. We were locked down, isolated, and had limited social contact.

We knew that filmmakers would find a way to keep making films. They just needed a platform for their work. And to date, we have received more than seven hundred submissions from every corner of the world.

We are now in our fourth year. As normal life has resumed, we have progressed from being a purely online festival to an in-person event with a big screen.

In June 2022, some of our award-winning films were screened in Parliament, a great experience for the filmmakers.

We don't just screen films, we are a networking event for creative people. Our aim is to offer support and encouragement to emerging filmmakers.

We have a simple mission statement: to shine a spotlight on new talent.

We are planning to launch a bursary scheme for young filmmakers aged between eighteen and twenty-five. We are able to do this because of the generous support of The McGrath Charitable Trust and MetFilm School, which is based on the site of the famous Ealing Studios. More details soon.

Our aim is to help the next generation of filmmakers to make their mark. We are proud of Ealing’s place in the history of British cinema, and we want that tradition to continue.

We hope people of all ages, and every social and cultural background, will join our growing community of filmmakers. We hope to see you in 2023!

We accept entries from all over the world, exclusively via FilmFreeway. You may submit more than one film, and each film can be entered in more than one category. Please read the rules below for further important details.

Every film submitted will be viewed by members of our viewing panel to determine which entries become official selections. The final judging in each category will be done by industry professionals.

Laurels will be awarded for all official selections and for all category winners, including special commendations which may be made at the discretion of the judges. The category winners will then be reviewed by our jury, and one film will be named the overall winner of the festival.

We will screen as many official selections as circumstances permit, either as part of an in-person event, or using our online platform. But we cannot guarantee to show every film because of the large number of entries we receive.

These are the categories for our 2023 festival...

Narrative Short
Horror / Suspense
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Green Planet
Music Video
Homegrown (Residents of Ealing)

The winners of each category will be considered by the judges for the overall award of ‘Best Film’ in the festival.

In addition there will be a People's Choice Award, decided by audience votes.

Timetable for the 2023 Festival...

Open for entries: January 2
Final deadline for submissions: July 31
Notification date: September 7
Festival dates: To be confirmed

1. Entrants must be 16 years old or over at the time of submission.
2. We are looking for short films, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. Remember, less is more!
3. Films must be the original work of the entrants and must have been produced since 1 January 2020.
4. Ealing Film Festival does not accept films promoting a product or company.
5. Entrants must have obtained clearance for all copyrighted music and any other copyrighted material used in their films.
6. Written permission must have been obtained from all the people actively appearing in the film. This is usually done by way of a release form.
7. Any entry not in the English language must have English subtitles embedded in the film.
8. Entries should be submitted electronically only via FilmFreeway.
9. To be considered for the 2023 competition entries must be received by the final deadline of July 31. Filmmakers can submit more than one film, and each film can be entered in more than one category. At the discretion of the judges, a film may be considered for an additional category or award at no extra cost to the entrant.
10. Your status on FilmFreeway will acknowledge the receipt of your submission.
11. Filmmakers whose work is 'Officially Selected' will be notified by September 7.
12. Details of the Official Selections will be posted on the Ealing Film Festival website. Please note that Official Selections should be made available for screening at our in-person festival, and for streaming online as part of our People's Choice award.
13. Ealing Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason at its absolute discretion.
14. The decision of the judges is final. We will not enter into correspondence or discussion concerning any decision.
15. As well as awarding laurels for Official Selections and the winners of each category, there will be an overall prize for the Best Film of the festival.
16. Entry is made at the filmmaker's own expense and Ealing Film Festival shall not be liable for reimbursing any expenses incurred in making an entry.
17. Ealing Film Festival and associated parties accept no responsibility for any misuse of intellectual property rights.
18. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use images and a maximum of 45 seconds from selected films for promotional or festival screenings or on the Ealing Film Festival websites or for press or media purposes. Occasionally EFF may wish to screen a film outside of the festival, but permission will be sought in advance from the filmmaker.
19. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use the film for its archive film library for viewing by other film festivals and organisations.

Overall Rating
  • It was wonderful experience that my film got honnorble mention on Experimental category,and they would described what point they value as it.The movie jury open envelope and annouce the winner was so exicited too.Thank you for the team!

    January 2023
  • Mike Waugh

    Great festival, really well organised few days, and packed out crowd. Well done all, one of the 'proper' festivals out there and I'm sure everyone understands what I mean ;)

    January 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thankyou - that's very much appreciated Mike!

  • Jack Haynes

    Thanks EFF for selecting my short! Was screened during a block of some wonderful films, great festival. Hope to attend next year. Thanks, Jack.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Great to hear, thankyou and look forward to seeing you again!

  • Honored to have my short selected by the festival. They are organized and professional and do their best to support filmmakers and be a source of good information for us!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Many Thanks Lynna, hope you submit again.

  • Alexandria Anfield

    Great festival, organised and ran by people who really care! Would enter again and sad I couldn’t attend all the showings in person.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Many Thanks Alexandria, much appreciated. Hope you submit again and can attend.