CELEBRATING INCLUSIVITY THROUGH FILM

It is no coincidence that the first edition of Fragments, a festival which aims to celebrate and champion inclusivity, launches in a year of uncertainty and change for the UK. As a London-based festival it is vital for us to express solidarity and unity within the film industry. In programming our festival we will spotlight not only the fantastic home-grown talent that the UK has, but also the incredible filmmakers and film markets across Europe and around the world.

We are encouraging filmmakers of diverse backgrounds to submit their work to us and have created a submission process which will help to highlight the work of groups and individuals from marginalised communities, as well as films which have minority groups as their focus. All films will be reviewed by a carefully selected committee who will consider both the merit of the work and the circumstance of its creation when making the final selection for the festival programme.

Having researched the demographic of filmmakers represented at film festivals we have found that they fail to reflect the talent of not only women behind the camera, but also people of colour, LGBTQIA+ individuals, disabled and differently abled filmmakers and many other groups. In the first edition of Fragments Festival we focus not only on giving a platform to underrepresented filmmakers to exhibit their work, but also giving those who may not regularly attend the cinema the chance to see a wide range of excellent films.

We welcome submissions of short films (40 minutes or less) and feature films (over 40 minutes) in all genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. All submissions will be reviewed by our selection team and discussed before our final decision is made.

Submissions can only be accepted via FilmFreeway. The Festival does not accept any physical copies in the submissions process. In order for your submission to be accepted you must submit via FilmFreeway and fill out the form at the below link:

https://goo.gl/forms/TptbmSa0xp4XH2XU2

Why do we charge for submissions?

Fragments Festival is aiming to be as fair as possible every step of the way, from the submissions process right up to the running of the festival itself. A vital aspect of Fragments operating fairly is ensuring that everyone working on the festival gets paid a fair wage. Fragments is an independent festival run by a family business which is currently self-funded, receiving no Government backing or public funding.

Our submission fees allow us waiver fees for young filmmakers. We also have a low-income option available to anyone who requires it.

This is the first edition of Fragments and we’re striving to ensure that it’s accessible for all. It’s a constant learning process for us but we welcome your feedback and are seeing how we can provide more opportunities for filmmakers.

All films selected for the festival will be eligible for an award in either of the two following categories:

Best Feature Film - £1,000
Best Short Film - £250
Best Film Made On A Phone - £150
Young Filmmakers Award* - £150
*best film made by person(s) under 16 years old.

Awards will be judged by an esteemed jury of high-profile professionals within the film industry.

The winner of each category will receive a prize and the title of Best Short or Best Feature in the first edition of Fragments Festival!

Please note that Fragments is a public-facing festival, not an industry-exclusive festival.

SUBMISSIONS

1. Submissions will be accepted from the 1st February 2019. Submissions close on 14th April.
2. All submissions must have been completed after 1st January 2018.
3. Submissions will be accepted via FilmFreeway only. The Festival does not accept any physical copies in the submissions process.
4. You will need to submit a password-protected url link of your film. Ensure the link and password are fully working before submitting your application. Please also ensure that the link and password remain live until at least 15th June 2019.
5. In order for your submission to be accepted in addition to submitting via FilmFreeway you must also fill out the form at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/TptbmSa0xp4XH2XU2
6. Films submitted for the festival must be in their complete and finalised version. The Festival does not accept work-in-progress or unfinished projects. Changing or updating the originally submitted link is not accepted.
7. By submitting filmmakers confirm that they have obtained all rights and clearances for their film.
8. All films submitted in a language other than English must be subtitled. We do not accept dialogue lists. This applies to both the submitted screener and the final exhibition copy. This applies to both feature and short submissions.
9. The Festival will not make changes or cuts to any submitted film.
10. If you are submitting a feature please note that UK premiere status is preferred but not required. Please detail in the relevant section on the submission form the premiere status of your work. If the premiere status of your film changes after you have submitted please contact us immediately so that we can update your application.
11. You must disclose in your submission form if your film is currently or has been available on any online or streaming platforms. If your film becomes available after it has been submitted please contact us immediately so that we can update you application.
12. Submission fees must be paid through the FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.
13. Unfortunately we will not be able to provide feedback on submissions.

SELECTION

1. If selected for the festival all submissions must be delivered to our London address on an NTFS formatted drive. All films must be clearly labelled with the name of the submitted film, its aspect ratio and filmmaker contact details. Please note that all films will be shown in either Flat or Scope as per the technical specifications of the venue.
2. It is the sole responsibility of the filmmaker to ensure the delivery of their film to the Festival location. The Festival cannot accept responsibility for shipping costs, customs charges, or any costs incurred due to damage or loss in transit. We recommend that filmmakers ship films via tracked courier.
3. The scheduling of screenings is the sole responsibility of the Festival team. Although it is highly unlikely, the Festival reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, and will not be liable for any costs on the part of the filmmaker as a result of a change in scheduling.
4. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme by the filmmaker after its selection.
5. The Festival may use clips and stills from your film in the creation of promotional materials.
6. The Festival does not pay screening fees.

AWARDS AND JUDGING

1. The Festival will be awarding selected submissions in the following categories:
- Best Feature Film - £1,000
- Best Short Film - £250
- Best Film Made On A Phone - £150
- Young Filmmakers Award* - £150
*best film made by person(s) under 16 years old.
2. All films selected for the Festival are eligible for a Festival award.
3. Each film awarded will receive a monetary prize.
4. Awards will be decided by a jury of industry professionals. The jury are under no obligation to discuss the awarding of the prizes or the process of judging.

Overall Rating
Quality
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Networking
  • Aaron Christian

    Great festival covering themes needed in the industry. A really passionate team, who communicated swiftly to all correspondence and made me feel really welcome.

    July 2019
  • R.M. Moses

    Great experience at the festival, felt like it has been running for years. The cinema is beautiful and there was a very wide selection of films from all around the world with hard hitting messages. It was really nice talking to french, american and other foreign filmmakers about films and future collaborations.

    July 2019
  • christopher guyon

    I am so glad I was offered the opportunity to participate to the first edition of the Fragments Film Festival - The programme was excellent, with beautiful films sharing important messages.

    June 2019
  • Thamanna Sol

    I am really lucky and glad to be in the festival......

    June 2019
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    It’s hard to believe that this was the first year of the fragments film festival - the quality of the programming and organisation was 5 star. My highlight was how well curated the programme was - excellent films with important messages

    June 2019