HEFF (Home Educating Families' Festival) is an annual event which brings together Home Educators from across the UK and Europe for a week of fun, friendship and learning.

For its 4th year, we are introducing a film festival in the cinema tent in order to encourage and inspire filmmaking talent among the alternative education community.

Although anyone can submit their films to be shown, we prioritise films made by filmmakers with a connection to alternative education or films about alternative education, as our aim is to showcase the talent from this wonderful community.

The 2019 film festival takes place in the Cinema Tent at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire, UK, between 9th - 15th July 2019.

HEFF's Choice 2019
Best Documentary 2019
Best Original Screenplay 2019
Best Director 2019
Best Cinematography 2019

The closing date for entries is 1st June 2019.

You may submit short films of all genres including drama, documentary, comedy, music, animation and experimental films. However, exploitation and pornography genres are not eligible.

All films must be suitable for under 16s.

Anyone can submit a film, not just those who are/have been alternatively educated, but this may come into consideration during the selection process.

Similarly, as the festival takes place at an event for home educating families, even if your film is accepted to be screened for our live audience, you will not be able to attend unless you are a part of the alternative education community.

The main contact completing the application form must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permission for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.

If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English or be accompanied by an English transcription.

All films are viewed by more than one person to be given a non-subjective decision but after that all programming selections are final.

If your entry is chosen for the programme, you will be asked to supply either a downloadable Vimeo link, or wetransfer a MP4/MOV file to heffalump.filmfest@gmail.com for screening at the festival. We do not accept DVDs or hard copies of films.

Participants are not entitled to claim for rights or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

At the point of submission, you will be asked if you have read and agree with the Terms and Conditions laid out on this page. By agreeing to proceed with your submission, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence and failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice.