Entering our seventh year in 2023, Indie-Lincs is an International film festival that champions low and micro budget feature length and short films, and you the filmmakers.

"A terrific festival experience with a passionate independent filmmaking community spirit. The festival has a great program of diverse and interesting films from all over the world and insightful panels and Q&As with filmmakers." Alex Martinez - 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 are looking for dynamic, inventive and challenging narrative films that embody the low and micro budget film-making ethic.

Films will screen in Lincoln in Feb 2023. Based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, the festival is sponsored by The National Lottery via the BFI Film Audience Network, Lincoln School of Film & Media, and Lincoln Film Society. Films will compete for awards in several categories. These prizes are named after the 'Lincoln Imp'.

The Lincoln Imp is the emblem for our city, and resides high up on a stone pillar in the city's magnificent gothic Cathedral. The 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 Best Feature Film
The Little IMP - Award for Best Short Film (both UK and International)
The Baby IMP - Award for Best Student Film
The Thespian IMP - Award for Best Actor or Ensemble

Audience Award

1. All submissions must have been completed after 1st Jan, 2020.
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 19th 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 25th 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
  • Material Girl

    Great festival! Really well curated films. The festival team were amazing. Really great opportunity to watch some greta shorts, and meet some nice people!

    March 2022
  • It was a real pleasure to screen our short film LATE at 2022 INDIE-Lincs film festival. Shout out to festival director Mike Murray and his team for putting together a terrific festival experience with a passionate independent filmmaking community spirit. The festival has a great program of diverse and interesting films from all over the world and insightful panels and Q&As with filmmakers and festival programmers covering various important aspects of the filmmaking process and industry. Definitely recommend and hope to be a part of it again in the future.

    March 2022
  • Jack Salvadori

    Amazing festival! The local community is so friendly and welcoming, and I had the chance to meet some very talented filmmakers and be inspired by their works. I particularly loved the balanced programme, with a mixture of screenings, industry talks and social events.

    February 2022
  • Oliver Guy-Watkins

    This is a really great event. So well co-ordinated by Mickey and the team. The panels and Q&A's are an amazing addition to a strong programme. Really happy to have been part of it and will hopefully return in the future!

    February 2022
  • Heléna Antonio

    A truly wonderful Festival, organised in a really brilliant way, and with a fantastic program.
    The quality of the films was really excellent; Mikey, Angela and the whole Team were very friendly and helpful.
    So grateful that my film ‘2020’ was selected at this Festival.
    I will definitely submit my next films at INDIE-LINCS.

    February 2022