Inward Eye Film Festival is held within the stunningly beautiful surroundings of the Lake District. Taking place within the first week of November, 2020 will be the festival's 2nd edition after a successful first year in 2019.

The festival itself takes its name from the Lake's most famous artist, William Wordsworth. The poet's now infamous poem, 'Daffodils', is where he talks about the 'Inward Eye', alluding to individual imagination and artistic spirit. It is in this spirit that Inward Eye was founded in the hope of sustaining arts within the North East and promoting independent filmmaking.

Held within Ambleside's Zeffirellis Cinema, the festival also contains a flashback element, so keeping with the cinematic history that Zeffirellis holds dear. Actor Brian Cox (Succession) is also the festival's patron, having thought of the event on a visit to the cinema in 2017.

There is also a Writers Workshop for script development with industry experts that is held with Wordsworth's old family home at Rydal Mount. Last year, Peter Webber (dir, Girl With The Pearl Earring), Vicki Jung, and Henry Fitzherbert (screenwriter of Slaughterhouse Rulez and Born a King) were the mentors.

The festival is an intimate and has a free flowing ethic, with drinks, singing, jazz, and networking events in the evening held at Zeff's bar in the cinema. IEFF invites one and all to submit their films! The film community in Ambleside is strong and welcoming, and would love to invite you to showcase your films at such a unique event held within such stunning surroundings.

Onward, Upward, Inward,

IEFF Team

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- Best Feature Film
- Best Short Film
- Audience Award

The following rules constitute the conditions under which films, videos, and other materials may be submitted to the Inward Eye Film Festival. All submissions are subject to these rules.

•All films that are not in English must have English language subtitles.
•Entry fees must be paid in full at time of submission. Fees must be paid in GBP currency. No cash payments are accepted. All entry fees are non-refundable.
• Each Category does specify a maximum length - these should be abided by.
•Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted. A separate submission and a separate entry fee must accompany each entry.
•Only submissions with completed submission fields and entry fees will be considered. Submissions received without a completed submission, an entry fee, or a screener will not be accepted.
•Postal submissions accepted, please contact info@inwardeyefilmfestival for more details
•Proof of Student Status is required for entry to the Student category.
•Notice of receipt of submissions will be posted via submitter’s FilmFreeway account. It is the submitter’s responsibility to track the status of their submission. Submissions are generally updated to- “In Consideration” within 2-4 weeks of receipt.
•The releases for all content including, but not limited to, music and talent must be obtained by the filmmaker. The Inward Eye Film Festival is not liable for any copyright infringement or unauthorized usage. Any film accepted into the Inward Eye Film Festival may be subjected to a pre-screen for any possible infringements.

If your film is selected to screen at the Inward Eye Film festival, the following conditions also apply:
•You will need to provide a digital HD fine cut / DCP of your film without any interactive menus, bars or tone.
•While taking upmost care, Inward Eye Film Festival is not liable for any damage to submitted materials.