We are looking for hungry, passionate filmmakers who are looking to exhibit their short films and build their reputations. We aim to showcase as many films as possible through our showcase events, film festival event and online. We strongly advocate student films however we are now extending submissions to non-students as well.

The Fylde Film Festival is entering its second year after a hugely successful debut year which saw 1,588 films from students from all over the world submitted. Previously named the Fylde Film Showcase, we have changed the format of the festival, taking it from a singular showcase event to a competition based festival with brand new categories and awards as well as 3 pop-up showcase events in the months leading up to the festival. We have relocated to a prestigious new venue situated on the world renowned Blackpool Promenade called Viva Blackpool, a multi-purpose entertainment complex which will allow the festival more space and greater hospitality.

We want to expose your films to the public as much as possible; therefore our showcase events will be located in various locations in the centre of Blackpool; Viva Vegas Diner (April 13th-14th), Houndshill Shopping Center (March 17th-18th), Blott Art Gallery (May 14th - Daytime). Any submissions before these dates have an increased opportunity of being displayed however it is not guaranteed. Filmmakers will be notified that their film has been selected for any showcase dates and the festival event itself.

Films that have been nominated for their respected category will be notified on the 27th of April.

See our rules and terms for run times for each category. For any other questions and enquiries email contact@fyldefilmfestival.com

On The Night
Nominees will be selected for each category, with the final 4 trailers being shown on the night before the winner is revealed. Once the winner has collected their award, their film will be shown in full to the audience. A running order for the night will be released prior to the festival date online through email, website and social media.

Buy your tickets here: vivablackpool.com/event/the-fylde-film-festival-awards-evening/

Follow the festival at:
Our website is currently undergoing maintenance but will be fixed soon.

The festival will be competitive with awards presented on the night to each of the following categories:

Best Horror/Thriller
Best Drama
Best Comedy/Musical
Best Animation
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best International

Submission entry is $1.50 USD - Submission fee will also grant you free entry to the festival.

Maximum run time for each genre:

Horror/Thriller - 15 mins
Drama - 15 mins
Comedy/musical - 15 mins
Animation - 10 mins
Experimental - 10 mins
Documentary - 20 mins
International - 15 mins


1.) Digital marketing materials should be made available to be used for our marketing purposes by Fylde Film Festival

2.) Film-makers must include a brief synopsis of the film in no more than 150 words

3.) Provide at least one high resolution image (1920 x 1080 or higher) for the use of Fylde Film Festival promotional brochures or publicity.

4.) All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e. music, archive footage, images, etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.

5.) Winners will be presented with their awards during the FFF Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the festival on 14th May 2018. There will be no prior notification of winners.

6.) The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

7.) Films must be submitted in English language or subtitled in English.

8.) Films that were submitted last year will not be accepted so please do not enter them.

9.) The deadline for entries shall be midnight GMT 27th April 2018.

Terms & Conditions

To be considered for the "International" category film-makers must reside outside of the UK.

I authorise Fylde film Festival to exhibit my film if selected. I confirm that an exhibition copy will be made available in a required format for screening during the 2018 festival and showcase events.
I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to Fylde Film Festival and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation.

By Agreeing to these Rules and Terms, I transfer to the Fylde Film Festival the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival.

I also acknowledge that the film submission fee does not guarantee acceptance and no refund will be provided if my film is not selected.

Upon acceptance, Fylde Film Festival will ask for my film:

1) DCP preferred
2. Minimum 1920x1080 digital file Quicktime, MP4, AVI, H264
2) Backup Blu-Ray or DVD, only if requested.

If the filmmaker does not comply with the deadline to receive the film, the film can be pulled from the festival line up.

Overall Rating
  • Kelly Holmes

    Was able to attend but this looked like a great festival and we won Best Drama Film, so we felt very honoured. Thank you x

    May 2018
  • Alexis Kirke

    Nicely organised festival - very happy to have been part of it.

    May 2018
  • I wasn't able to attend, however the communications were great and they seem to put on an amazing show. One day I hope to attend in person! Thank you Fylde!

    May 2018
  • Michael Entwistle

    I would have loved to go but unfortunately film freeway didn't notify my properly and I missed it. very happy my film was picked though seemed like a great event.

    April 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback Michael! The Event went very well according to the feedback we have received from people who were able to come and view the showcase! We hope to see you for next years event! Thanks again! - Chris @ FyldeFilmShowcase

  • N/A I could not attend. But I would be curious to know from anyone who went

    April 2017