The longest continually running film festival in the world, Edinburgh International Film Festival is now preparing its 73rd edition. Since 1947, the Festival has brought ground-breaking and exciting films from all over the world to enthusiastic and engaged UK audiences and a wide variety of press and industry guests. EIFF seeks to discover and present the most creative and innovative developments in world cinema, bring filmmakers to local, national and international attention, and provide a dynamic platform for engagement with them and their work.
The 73rd Edinburgh International Film Festival will take place from 19 to 30 June 2019.
Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a delightful place in which to showcase and discover new cinema. In 2018, EIFF showcased 121 new feature films from 48 countries and included 20 World Premieres, 11 International Premieres, 10 European Premieres and 75 UK Premieres, reaching more than 56,000 festival-goers across the 12-day period.
EIFF is especially interested in films by emerging filmmakers whose work manifests stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.
Give your film the best start: submit to Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film
Named in homage to one of the most original and imaginative artists in the history of British cinema, with a career spanning 60 years, the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature was inaugurated at EIFF in 1990 to honour imagination and creativity in British filmmaking and is regarded as a mark of prestige both within and outside of the UK film industry. The award, which carries a cash prize, is open to new British feature fiction films, and will be decided by a jury of respected film professionals.
The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film
Judged by the Michael Powell Award Competition Jury, the Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film celebrates and promotes the great tradition of the art of film performance in the UK.
The Award for Best International Feature Film
EIFF seeks to represent global trends in cinema by introducing important new films and new filmmaking directions. The Award for Best International Feature Film highlights filmmaking from outside the UK that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition. The award, which carries a cash prize, is open to first and second live-action feature fiction films from any country outside of the UK and will be decided by a jury of respected film professionals.
EIFF’s Audience Award is one of the Festival’s most popular awards with the public, filmmakers and distributors alike. The award is voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings. Eligible films are selected from across the EIFF programme by the Artistic Director.
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Since 1947, the Festival has brought ground-breaking and exciting films from all over the world to appreciative UK audiences and a wide variety of press and industry guests. EIFF seeks to present the most creative and innovative developments in world cinema, bring filmmakers to local, national and international attention, and provide a dynamic platform for engagement with them and their work.
- All submitted films should be no more than 12 months old by June 2019 and meet with the selection criteria as described below.
- EIFF regards a short film as 30 minutes or under and a feature film as anything over 30 minutes.
- Films that are available to purchase are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/online digital download formats.
- Promotional films are not eligible (e.g. films promoting tourism, charitable appeals, etc.).
- EIFF will not consider previously submitted work unless it has been considerably re-edited/re-shot. If you are unsure, it probably means it hasn't been changed enough. Please include a cover letter with details of the changes made. If we already viewed your film as a rough cut last year, we usually will not consider it for the following year.
- Each film category has its own premiere rules relating to previous public screenings, broadcasts or the availability of the film online - PLEASE CHECK PREMIERE RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING.
- The final selection of all films presented at the Festival and their placement in the programme is the responsibility of the Artistic Director.
- There are three submissions deadlines:
Earlybird - Wednesday 13 December 2018
Regular - Wednesday 17 January 2019
Late - Wednesday 7 February 2019
- ALL SUBMISSIONS TO EIFF MUST BE ON DVD OR SECURE ONLINE SCREENER. We accept DVD PAL and DVD NTSC. You must label the disk with the film’s title and FilmFreeway tracking number. We can not preview on U-matic or Beta SP. Please note, multiple submissions must be on individual DVDs - e.g. 1 DVD per film submission.
- PLEASE NOTE – your fee is non-refundable. If your film does not match the criteria listed above and you still submit your film, we will not consider your film and will not refund your fee.
- Further rules, regulations and FAQs can be found on our website.