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 2017.

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
  • Harry Kirby

    What an amazing festival! So good to have a festival like this that focuses on good action films! These are the types of films that people actually go to watch at the cinema and other festivals just don't seem to get that!

    This was great for networking as well as getting to see some excellent shorts and features.

    November 2018
  • Francois Mequer

    Great Festival! What a pleasure to see all these international guests and cross path with some very talented artists and filmmakers. It's the best place to be in London for all action and martial arts film fans. Thanks to everyone involved. See you next year!!!

    September 2018
  • Aeddan Sussex

    An absolutely incredible time, with some of the loveliest people I've ever met. All other organisers have been super helpful and involved right from the submission process, and it was an absolute pleasure attending the festival. I can't recommend it enough!

    September 2018
  • Pau Han Kho

    A special film festival dedicated to martial arts. Well organized, good communication (they answered every question!) and very involved.
    The atmosphere was fantastic, all filmmakers supported each other. One of the best of the best film festivals.

    September 2018