And we're back...Happy New Year!

We are now accepting entries for our 2024 festival. There's plenty of time to submit your film, as the deadline isn't until the end of July.

Our 2023 festival reached its climax with a glitzy awards ceremony at the Ealing Project cinema back in November.

It was a difficult task for our judges, with a record 415 film submitted across twelve categories. Here are the winning films.

Director: Scott Newton

Spag Bol
Director: Brick

KALU: Growing Up Wild
Director: Roman Willi & Matteo Clarke

Director: Trudie Shutler

To My Dying Mother
Director: Johanna von Salmuth

Jalebi Nights
Director: Ganesh Sharma

Help Point
Director: Annabella Forbes

Walk On Water
Director: Hynek Gannon

(Joint Winners)
Like a Dog
Director: Hamid Naseri Moghadam
Little Turtle
Director: Mingyang Li

Death Date
Director: Alex Mathieson

Director: Woong Bae Ji

Deep Fake Love
Director: Otto Shed

(Joint Winners)
Little Turtle
Director: Mingyang Li
Director: Scott Newton

Director: Corinna Elleschild

Many congratulations to all our winners!

We screen as many films as we can, and we aim to be a networking event for emerging filmmakers. We have a simple mission statement: to shine a spotlight on new talent.

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.

Submissions are open now for 2024. We hope people of all ages, and every social and cultural background, will join our growing community of filmmakers!

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 at least three members of our viewing panel to determine which entries become Official Selections. Judging of each category will be done by an industry professional. The category judges make up the Jury that decides on the Best Film overall.

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 try to screen as many Official Selections as we possibly can, either in one of our cinema venues, or online using our Vimeo platform. But we cannot guarantee to show every Official Selection in a cinema because of the large number of entries we receive.

These are the categories for our 2024 festival...

Narrative Drama
Horror / Suspense
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Green Planet
Music Video
Homegrown (Borough 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 2024 Festival...

Open for entries: January 1
Final deadline for submissions: July 31
Notification date: September 9
Festival dates: TBC

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 2021.
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
  • Zoe Broad

    Thanks for screening Parallel, Ealing Project was such a cool venue to see my film screened in!

    February 2024
  • Corinna Elleschild

    This was a wonderful event, I feel honoured to have had our film screened here.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Corinna, It was great to screen it!
    Please do send more!

  • Margaret Kane-Rowe

    Lovely festival. Great communication from Annemarie and her team. Just sorry I didn't make it over!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Margaret, shame you couldn't make, Mask was really well received - good luck with future submissions and hope to see you at another Festival!

  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Daniel and we look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Such a cool film festival organised at a great venue in Ealing, London. A great chance for more up-and-coming films and filmmakers to network, have a live screening event, and experience the proper festival vibe. Cannot wait to send future films to future editions!

    December 2023
    Response from festival:

    Really appreciate this Daniel and we look forward to seeing more of your work!