Entering our eighth year in 2024, Indie-Lincs is an International film festival that champions low and micro budget feature length and short films, and you the filmmakers. We pride ourselves, and have had superb feedback, on our 'family' atmosphere at the festival. Our high-quality diverse programme of independent films is bolstered by friendly networking events where our industry guests, actors, filmmakers and audience can all be found together discussing their work and the programme of films. Industry guests at the festival have included prestigious names such as, actor Rebecca Root (Boy Meets Girl), actor John Hollingworth (The Dark Knight Rises), writer/director/actor Steve Oram (Sightseers), writer/director and 2023 BAFTA nominee Georgia Oakley (Blue Jean), BUFF creator and producer Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE, and talent agent Tracey Hyde (Casarotto Ramsay & Associates).

We are also delighted to welcome our industry judges, that include actors Robin Laing (Band of Brothers) and Pauline Lynch (Trainspotting), as well as writer/producer/director Jeremy Wooding (Peep Show), film academic Mette Hjort, and Phillip Hoile (head of Bulldog Film Distribution) who is the judge for the feature film category.

"Indie-Lincs was recommended to me by a friend. I'm so glad we took part. It's everything a festival should be. We saw some world class films and made some valuable contacts. The organisers care about the people who take part and the staff and student volunteers were a credit to the festival. We'll definitely go back." William Bartlett - Indie Filmmaker

We want to see your fiction, documentary and animated films across the genre range of thriller, horror, sci-fi, drama and comedy. You will not find sequels, remakes or book adaptations here. Our aim is to help the best independent filmmakers from around the world showcase their original work and network successfully with their audience, other filmmakers and the independent film-making community. We want to see your dynamic, inventive and challenging narrative films that embody the low and micro budget film-making ethic.

Films will screen in the beautiful city of Lincoln 15th-17th FEB 2024 at Lincoln Art Centre's superb 400+ seater theatre on a huge screen. We are proud to be sponsored by The National Lottery via the BFI Film Audience Network, Bulldog Film Distribution, Lincoln Arts Centre, and Lincoln School of Film & Media & Journalism.

Our awards are all named after The famous Lincoln Imp, the emblem of our city. He resides high up on a stone pillar in the city's magnificent gothic Cathedral (arguably the UK's finest). This mischievous Imp is the perfect embodiment of the independent filmmaker's spirit; someone who dares to upset the equilibrium, and do things their own way.

The Angry IMP - Award for Most Challenging Film
The Big IMP - Award for Feature Film (sponsored by and judged by Bulldog Film Distribution)
The Little UK IMP - Award for UK Short Film
The Little International IMP - Award for International Short Film
The Baby IMP - Award for Student Film
The Thespian IMP - Award for Actor or Ensemble
The Friendly IMP - Audience Award

1. All submissions must have been completed after 1st Jan, 2022.
2. We accept films from anywhere in the world providing that they are English language or subtitled in English. No sequels, remakes or novel/book adaptations are accepted - they must be the original work of the filmmaker and writer.
3. All submissions must be narrative films; Fiction, Documentary or Animation - Music videos and Trailers are not accepted.
4. Feature films must exceed 70 minutes (including credits) and embody the micro or low budget film-making ethic.
5. Short films must be no longer than 25 minutes (including credits) and embody a low or micro-budget film-making ethic.
6. Filmmakers may submit more than one film.
7. Entered films must be submitted via FilmFreeway as an online screener - shortlisted filmmakers will be contacted and asked to submit a Digital copy of their film either on a memory stick, or via online transfer for screening purposes.
8. Filmmakers that have been shortlisted will be notified by 15th January.
9. All shortlisted films will be eligible for one of our awards.
10. Awards will be presented to filmmakers at our closing festival event on the 17th February, unless alternative arrangements are made with the winning filmmakers.
11. By submitting your film, you grant Indie-Lincs permission to screen your film, and use your film in whole (during the festival) or in part for promotional purposes (stills and marketing).
12. By submitting your film, you declare that all relevant permissions and copyright for the content of the film is in place. Proof of which may be required should the festival ask for verification.
13. All decisions made by Indie-Lincs regarding shortlisting and awards are final.
14. No premiere status is required in order to screen at Indie-Lincs, but films should not be available publicly.
15. Indie-Lincs do not offer full entry fee waivers (so please do not ask). We are committed to the notion of parity for all filmmakers; we keep our entry fees very low because we understand how expensive festivals can be. Every single penny of your entry fee is fed back into our festival costs and all of our staff are unpaid volunteers. We are a 'non-profit' organisation.
16. No fee refunds will be offered under any circumstances. Please make sure that you fully understand the rules & terms listed here before entering your film and paying the entry fee.
17. We do offer a festival ALUMNI discount, please contact us for the code.
18. Please be aware that every film entered to our festival is viewed and considered by one of our programmers, and while we endeavour to do so, we do not guarantee that programmers will watch the entire runtime of all films.

Overall Rating
  • Charlie Fotheringham

    Indie Lincs is an incredibly well-organised film festival. Throughout my student life I’ve been to many film festivals and without exaggeration, Indie-Lincs has been the best experience I’ve had so far. I loved the diversity of films, the range of speakers and Q&A moments were inspiring. Best of all, the overall atmosphere was welcoming, friendly and collaborative, I felt very much at ease attending the networking events and met some great people. I definitely plan to go again next year, best wishes to everyone involved.

    February 2024
  • Olivia Pastor

    Thank you Indie-Lincs! This festival is amazing!!! I had the best time, I watched the most brave, exciting and awe-inspiring work and was taken incredibly good care of by the brilliant organisers Mikey, Ben and Angie. It really feels like a family at Indie-Lincs, that you immediately feel part of it. It is such a friendly atmosphere and it's so well organised. Can't recommend enough! It was such an honour to have Period Drama as part of your line up.

    February 2024
  • Aaron Murtagh

    SUBMIT TO INDIE-LINCS! I LOVE this festival! Thank you so much for including our short film Man Baby. I traveled to the fest from New York and saw inspiring films, made new friends, and we were even nominated for awards amongst other amazing shorts. Intimate pub hangs, packed screenings, and all walkable in lovely Lincoln.

    February 2024
  • Ella Spottiswood & Adam Evans

    We were lucky enough to be nominated for the Little Imp Award for Best UK Short at Indie-lincs and had an amazing time at the festival. Led by Mikey and the team, the festival radiated warmth and camaraderie, fostering genuine connections among filmmakers. The lineup of films was beautifully curated and it was a genuine joy to be a part of. I would recommend it to anyone seeking a blend of professionalism and a welcoming atmosphere.

    February 2024
  • Authentic and amazing international festival. It is an honor to receive an award from your festival

    February 2024