Fighting Spirit is a UK based group that organises martial arts and action themed Film Festivals throughout the country. In just 3 short years we have hosted events in London and Birmingham, and have built connections internationally with other film festivals in the UK, Spain, USA, and Italy, with more in the pipeline.

Our aims are to support, inspire, recognise, promote, and connect people who have a love of martial arts, action, and film. We support the martial arts and action film community, which includes but is not exclusive to practitioners, teachers, film makers, stunt men and women, and of course, the fans. To do this, we screen short films, feature films, and also have live martial arts demonstrations as part of the events.

In addition to screening films, we also host a variety of short film awards to help support and promote and inspire those who are part of the film making process. Our previous award winners have gone on to win multiple awards in festivals all over the world, and we want to keep this momentum up in the future, and keep supporting the next generation of talent.

The next festival will take place in London in September, and we would like to invite any submissions which would fit our theme.

For more information, and to see footage from our previous events, please go to our website

Best Short Film
Best Action Choreography
Audience Choice
Best Short Documentary
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Director

By submitting your film, you agree that Fighting Spirit can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.

To submit a film, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

Rules and Terms:
Please read all rules and requirements before submitting your project:

1. We do not accept any films made before 2018.

2. Documentaries, non-fiction, animation, arthouse, and short films of the action or martial arts genre are open for unsolicited submission to the festival.

3. Documentaries, non-fiction, animation, arthouse, and short films of the action and martial arts genre are also selected by invitation from Fighting Spirit Film Festival.

4. All films must include English subtitles if selected (this is so we are fully inclusive for people who may not speak English as a first language, or people with hearing needs). Adding subtitles is the responsibility of the film maker. This also applies to films which are not in English language.

5. Fighting Spirit is not responsible for broken or non-functioning films.

6. Films do not have to be screened publicly to be eligible for our festival, or awards.

7. To be eligible for awards, short films must not be available for public viewing on any video hosting sites such as Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.

8. Short films should ideally be under 20 minutes, but anything up to 30 minutes may be considered subject to our panel.

9. Fighting Spirit Film Festival is a competitive event and unless notified otherwise, all shorts (except those that are publicly online) officially selected are eligible for competition. Not all submissions received are selected for Fighting Spirit Film Festival.

10. All films are nominated and voted upon by a jury of film professionals, from an independent point of view.

11. All genres and formats are considered eligible for nomination into one or more competitive categories.

12. Fighting Spirit Film Festival reserve the right to refuse to accept any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate, or not fitting in with our values (see event description). Should you wish to question FSFF about their decision, you can contact us by email on

Overall Rating
  • correlo filmes

    Proud to be a part of that festival

    October 2019
  • An excellent festival dedicated to show casing martial arts action films. The organisers were accommodating and supportive, especially to up and coming filmmakers. Thank you Fighting Spirit team.

    October 2019
  • Simone Fary

    Was not able to attend but communication was excellent and encouraging. They even mailed me my awards within a few days. Highly recommended if you have a suitable film.

    September 2019
  • Nicholas Wenger

    I regret I wasn't able to attend, but everyone was incredibly nice. The festival appears to have been run very well, with lots of cool events, and communication was excellent. We're honored to have been included!

    September 2019
  • Bryan Larkin

    The only film festival in the UK to support and showcase Martial Arrs and actions focused films. A dedicated cinema with 2 days packed of international short and feature length live action and documentaries panel discussions and love demonstrations.

    The festival staff go above and beyond to give each film shown a much needed press push for local podcasters and reviewers. They nurture the community, they're personable and passionate.

    Fighting Spirit recognises establish and emerging talent and their support and loyalty reaches far and wide.

    September 2019