The Fight Back Film Awards are a satellite event of the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival. Fight Back aims to showcase and honour the work of veterans in the film industry, promoting the use of film and creativity as a way of combatting mental health struggles for veterans.

It is believed that veterans wait 12 years on average before seeking help with their mental health, and that Serving Military Personnel are 12x as likely to experience a common mental health problem as other members of the population.

Recovery through art has been commonly used to combat these issues, and the Fight Back Awards are proud to promote it with our new strand dedicated to the work of veterans.

Please submit your work and share with others!

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Script
Best Actor
Best Actress
Special Contribution


2st FIGHT BACK Awards will take place in Ramsgate on June 25th and 26th to coincide with Armed Forces Day in the UK.

FILMS - Running time:
Feature film: min. 40 min
Short film: max. 40 min

SCRIPTS - Length:
Short script: up to 40 pages

Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY.
We do not normally accept subsequent cuts or more complete versions of submitted films, therefore changing or updating the originally submitted link is likely to invalidate your submission. However, please communicate with us and we will try to accommodate you if possible.

Submission Eligibility
- For the first year of the competition, we accept recent and older works.

Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of Fight Back Awards. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Fight Back Awards reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Fight Back Awards will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

If your film is selected to be screened at the Fight Back Awards 2022, each film-maker will receive two festival passes. This gives you free access to all screenings and talks throughout the festival.

Screening Package:
Your screening package must arrive by 15 April 2022.

Some venues require a DCP, others a file. Please provide your film to us for screening in format requested:

1. DCP at 24fps or 25fps with the original source material being at least 1080p resolution
2. .mov or .mp4 file at 24fps or 25fps in at least 1080p resolution
3. a link to download a .mov or .mp4 at 24fps or 25fps in at least 1080p resolution

Cost of shipping DCPs and other materials to and from the Festival are the filmmakers' responsibility. Attending filmmakers may collect their DCP or material at the event.

Once programming has been established, if DCP is required (depending on venue) and the filmmaker does not have a DCP, the Festival can arrange for a DCP to be created from a .mov or .mp4 at 24fps or 25fps in at least 1080p resolution, at the cost of UKP 50 for a short film or UKP120 for a feature film including shipping back after the event, if the filmmaker did not collect it then.

Please note that the same deadline, 15 April 2022, applies to digital downloads as to shipped media and that all transfers must be completed in time. An email address to send your digital file will be supplied on acceptance of your film.

If you are providing a DCP, subtitles must be burnt in to the image, not supplied as a separate data stream.

Please do not encrypt your DCP. If you send us one, we will ask for an unencrypted version. If you are unable to supply this, we will be unable to screen your film.

Surround sound audio is much preferred, but not obligatory.

DVDs will not be accepted.

If not already included with your FilmFreeway submission package, please send us high-resolution stills from your film, poster, synopsis, and biographies from key cast and crew.


The address to which you will be asked to ship your film will be provided upon selection.

The full cost of transport, including customs fees and insurance, as well as the return freight, must be borne by the producer or their authorised representatives.

All shipments must be sent prepaid. Shipments sent through international courier services must clearly indicate on their waybill that all costs for duties and taxes are to be billed to the sender.
All shipments must obtain, where necessary, customs clearance before being imported into the United Kingdom. For this purpose, all said shipments must have three copies of proper customs documentation (i.e. commercial invoice) included with the courier waybill, providing all the required information. If you are shipping via international post, please affix a customs declaration label to the outside of the package.

When filling out shipment or customs forms, please assign the package a value that does not exceed 10 euros or 10 dollars and state on the envelope: “No commercial value, for cultural purposes only”.

The sender should inform the festival beforehand by e-mail at s.bolioli@ramsgateiftvfest.org of the title of the film, the date and means of shipment and the shipment number or airway bill number.

By submitting your film, you grant Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival (RIFTVFEST) , owner of the Fight Back wards brand, the nonexclusive right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film, as well as your name, photograph, and likeness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding RIFTVFEST / FBA prior to, during, and/or after the festival.
RIFTVFEST / FBA may use images, sounds and excerpts from the films for promotional purposes in all media including the website and may present accepted films at any 2021 FIGHT BACK Awards event.
• Please DO NOT send film prints, master tapes, primary hard drives, DVD Masters or other irreplaceable original media.
• RIFTVFEST is not responsible for any materials that are lost or damaged.
• The entrant shall release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless RIFTVFEST, and its agents, respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, contractors, partners, sponsors, and volunteers from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses (including, without limitations, legal fees).
• The entrant warrants that he/she is the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title thereto have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to RIFTVFEST / FBA.
• By entering, the applicant agrees that all information is true and correct and agrees to all festival rules and guidelines.

Finally, thank you for submitting your film to the FIGHT BACK Awards 2022 and good luck!

With best wishes,

Sylvie Bolioli (Festival Director)

Overall Rating
  • Natalie Spence

    Incredibly excited and honoured to have my film, SUNRAY, as part of this year's Official Selection. Also quite pleased to be in the company of so many other awesome films and filmmakers. Thank you! Great communication.

    July 2022
  • I felt completely honored for my short film to be selected & would like to thank the festival for selecting my film, also film freeway for giving me a gate way to show my work

    June 2022
  • Thank you for selecting Bloodlines The Mogadishu Diaries to compete in your wonderful Festival. Great communication from the start. I highly recommend this Festival.

    June 2022
  • Don Cunningham

    Thank you for creating a festival on a very personal and important subject. I hope that it spreads awareness and helps fellow Veterans understand PTSD. I hope to submit again.

    June 2021
  • Jalaladdin Gasimov

    Everything was well organized, thanks for this amazing festival!

    June 2021