The heart of the film world in Bath, FilmBath (previously Bath Film Festival) is the home of FilmBath Festival, the F-Rating, FilmScore, the IMDb Awards, Pop-up Screenings and more.

FilmBath Festival has been screening brilliant films in Bath for 30 years. Every autumn the festival presents a great programme crammed with the films everyone will be talking about next year as well as new-to-view features, shorts and docs from across the world, plus insider talks, talent awards and special strands focusing on films made by women, classic cinema, family viewing, sci-fi, art & design and more.

With our F-Rating (https://www.facebook.com/F.Rated.org/) we champion women on screen and behind the camera.

We welcome short film submissions and run three competitions: the IMDb Script to Screen Award (£5,000 cash prize for the best script for a short film), the IMDb New Filmmaker Award (£1,000 for the best short film) and FilmScore - a competition for 14 - 19 year olds to write a score for a short film.

We also run film-making and animation workshops for adults and young people to foster South West film-making talent and we work with schools and universities to foster an appreciation of film culture for the future.

Our acclaimed Sounds to Silents projects are a potent mix of silent film plus specially-composed live music - we have worked with Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard, and pop-art performers The Real Tuesday Weld amongst others.

Through the year we screen recently released, popular films in rural areas around Bath with our Pop-up Screenings

IMDb Script to Screen Award: £5,000 plus £1,000-worth of hire kit (apply on this page)
IMDb New Filmmaker Award: £1,000 plus £1,000-worth of hire kit (here: https://filmfreeway.com/FilmBathFestival)

GENERAL RULES

Please check the rules for the category you are interested in.

PLEASE do not ask for a fee waiver.

We do not offer fee waivers because a) we are a charity, just as impoverish as any filmmaker and b) we have to be fair to all and it would be unfair to offer a waiver to some and not to others.

We source our own features.

NB: Payment of submission fee does NOT guarantee that your film will be screened.

We will of course read ALL scripts submitted, and watch ALL films submitted.

We also contact ALL submitters whether or not they are successful. If you have not heard from us by mid-October, please check your spam, thank you.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Competition Certification:

I have read all of the Category Rules for submitting material to FilmBath. I understand them and will comply with these rules. I warrant the submission of my original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify FilmBath against any claim made for such violations of law.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I understand that failure to adhere to the FilmBath rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any entry fee.

FilmBath reserves the right to use a clip and/or clips from accepted entries, up to three minutes in length for publicity purposes. I agree to hold FilmBath harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgements, liabilities, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims by third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted by myself to FilmBath. Once submitted I agree to FilmBath showing my film if it wins/is selected at a time and date of the organisation’s choosing during the festival.