Just one line from the many 5-star reviews we received for this year’s inaugural festival. The festival was a 3-day event across 5 venues. We screened 99 films with 12 workshops, 17 Q&A’s, 5 talks, 3 networking sessions, an industry panel and a charity screening which raised £1,400 for DEC Ukraine.

The Awards Jury included: Mike Newell (Director), Tim Robey (Film Critic Daily Telegraph) Emma Obank (Agent Casarotto Ramsay), Nicci Topping (Casting Director), Hayley McKenzie (CEO Script Angel), Geoffrey Smith (Award winning Documentary Filmmaker)

2023 promises even more.

Our long-term ambition is to build the festival into an internationally recognised event that showcases the work of the world’s leading independent filmmakers as well as becoming the premier platform for discovering remarkable new British talent.

(2023 prizes to be confirmed)

LIGHT HEARTED directed by Dylan Scott
Prize: A weekend course at the MET FILM SCHOOL

THEY CAN'T, SO I MUST directed by Dara Eshaghian
Prize: £250

FERRYMAN directed by Darren Bender
Prize: Post production services at LIPSYNC POST (value £13,500)

FISHWIFE directed by Beth Park
Prize: VMI Voucher for camera hire (value £1,500)

ALCINDO directed by Miguel Dores
Prize: £250

GHOSTED directed by Duncan Roe
Prize: £500

HOCKNORD written by Hattie Cooke
Prize: KIFF is producing the film with shooting commencing March 2023

COLD directed by Claire Coaché & Lisle Turner
Prize: £1500


1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 1 December 2022 with a final deadline of 28 April 2023.
o Early Bird deadline until 6 January 2023;
o Regular deadline until 17 February 2023;
o Late deadline until 31 March 2023; and
o Extended deadline until 28 April 2023.
Please note that submission fees will vary dependant on the deadline by which you submit.
2. Submission Format
o Films must be submitted via online screener ONLY.
o Resolution: 1920x1080
o Format: H.264/MP4
3. Submission Categories
KIFF will feature eight categories:
o Under 18 Short Film;
o Student Short Film;
o Short Film;
o First Feature Film;
o Feature Film;
o Documentary;
o The Eadweard Muybridge Prize
o Short Screenplay UK only.
4. Submission Eligibility
o All films must have been completed (including postproduction) after 1 January 2019.
o There is no premiere policy for any of the films.
We invite submissions from any country across the globe.
o Films must be submitted in English, or with English subtitles.
o FilmFreeway allows digital press packs to be uploaded with submissions, and we recommend you include at least the following with your film:
i. A trailer maximum length 1 minute
ii. A poster (at least 800px wide and 300dpi)
iii. A synopsis of your film (max 100 words)
iv. 5 stills from the film (at least 800px wide and 300dpi)
v. A director’s statement (max 500 words)
vi. 3 photos of the director/crew/behind the scenes (at least 800px wide and 300dpi)
vii. The more (digital) information you include with your submission, the more we can promote your film once accepted into the festival
5. Submission Fee
All submissions for KIFF are to be paid through the FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable. KIFF takes no responsibility for incomplete, defaced, damaged or incorrectly submitted entries.
6. Notification
We endeavour to complete all selection procedures by 5 June 2023 (“Official Selection”) and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not.
7. Festival Screenings
Selected films must provide a digital copy within two weeks of receiving the selection confirmation. If the film is not in English, it must be subtitled in English. Films that are not sent to us within this timeframe cannot be screened at the festival.
8. Promotion
Selected films must acknowledge that KIFF reserves the right to promote the films on KIFF website and social media using images, video and audio that you provide.
9. Student Fee
In order to submit a film at the discounted ‘student’ price, the submitter must provide valid Student Identification either via FilmFreeway or by email at: submissions@kiffest.uk. KIFF reserves the right to disqualify any Student Films that fail to provide Student Identification.
10. We do not guarantee that films will be selected for Kingston International Film Festival, however we will notify all submitters, whether selected or not, by 5 June 2023.
11. Please ensure you read the full Rules and Terms & Conditions below, as failure to comply with any of the rules will result in disqualification.
12. Submitting your film to KIFF implies your full acceptance of these Rules and Terms & Conditions and KIFF has the right of final decision and is under no obligation to provide reasons for its decision.

Good luck!


By submitting a film or screenplay to the festival, you agree to the following:
1. Any entry will be bound by the Kingston International Film Festival Rules and Terms & Conditions (“R&Ts”).
2. The Festival is run by Kingston International Film Festival, which will be referred in the R&Ts as “KIFF”.
3. All entrants must specify the year in which their film or screenplay was completed (this includes postproduction).
4. All films and screenplays can be of any genre.
5. The timings for the length of films must include titles and credits.
6. Under 18 Short Films:
i. The writer, director, producer, and director of photography (“DOP”) must all be under 18 years of age when the film was completed.
ii. Films must be a maximum of 20 minutes.
iii. Entrants into this category who are under the age of 18 are required to include a signed letter of consent from their parent or guardian to submit their film to KIFF.
iv. Entrants over the age of 18 must provide proof of their age such as Passport, ID or other documentation.
v. Zero budget filmmaking is encouraged. Films with financial support or sponsorship must provide a detailed budget with their submission.
vi. If using music, please ensure you have the rights to use it. If you are not creating your own music, we advise using royalty free music.
vii. Every actor and participant in the film must have full understanding of the purpose of the film and have given their full consent for it to be shown in the festival and for promotional purposes. Films should include a full list of credits, listing the title, and all contributors.
viii. KIFF reserves the right to request proof of any of the above.
7. Student short films:
i. The writer, director, producer, and DOP must all have been students when the film was completed.
ii. We define a “student” as those who are in full or part-time education at any age, or those who graduated no more than one year prior to the date of submission. Proof of student enrolment will be required at the submissions stage. Valid forms of student identification include: a dated student card, a copy of a student finance bill, or a letter from the university or institution.
iii. Films must be a maximum of 20 minutes.
8. The Eadweard Muybridge Prize
i. This is for local filmmakers only.
ii. Entrants must be or have been living in the Kingston-upon Thames post code area, i.e. have a KT postcode, since 1 January 2019.
iii. Proof of residency must be included with your submission. Such as utility bill, driving licence or letter from the bank or other institution.
iv. The film can be of any length and genre.
9. Films in the main Categories
i. Short films.
ii. Feature films minimum 70 mins.
iii. Documentaries minimum 30mins.
10. Short Screenplay UK only
i. All entrants must be UK residents.
ii. All screenplays must not exceed 15 pages excluding the title page.
iii. All screenplays should be complete stories and not extracts of a longer piece.
iv. All screenplays must be written in English. Translations will be accepted.
v. The screenwriter(s) themselves must submit their screenplays, and not agents on their behalf.
vi. All screenplays must be un-produced and must not enter development until July 2023. All rights must be held by the screenwriter(s) who are submitting to the competition and not by a third party. If during the course of the competition a screenplay enters production or development, KIFF must be notified, and the screenplay will no longer be eligible for the competition.
vii. Screenwriters must ensure that their name and contact details have been removed from every page of the screenplay. All screenplays will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until the final stages of judging. Any screenplays that include contact details will be disqualified. All readers of the screenplays will be prohibited from copying or otherwise exploiting the scripts for any reason other than in connection with the competition itself; copyright remains with the screenwriters.
viii. All screenplays must be original work. Adaptations or screenplays based on other works (such as books or plays) will only be accepted if all rights are owned by the writer of the screenplay or if the underlying work is in the public domain and is no longer protected by copyright. Screenplays based on true stories or events may be submitted provided the writer has written permission from any living persons represented in the screenplay.
ix. We will choose 6 finalists who will be promoted on our website and social media accounts. We will require these finalists to submit a longline, 80 word max short synopsis and any accompanying artwork/ visuals. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on the 25th of June.
x. The films will be shot in the UK, at KIFF's choice of location.
11. Films will only be accepted via our online portal at FilmFreeway. This is the only method of submission.
12. Submissions will be accepted from 1 December 2022. The early deadline is 6 January 2023; the regular deadline is 17 February 2023; the late deadline is the 31 March 2023, and the extended deadline is 28 April 2023.
13. All categories are open to UK residents as well as international filmmakers. With the exception of the Short Screenplay Award and The Eadweard Muybridge Prize.
14. Students must send a proof of their student ID when submitting to the discounted category. Student Identification either via FilmFreeway or by email at: submissions@kiffest.uk. KIFF reserves the right to disqualify any Student Films that fail to provide Student Identification.
15. We would encourage filmmakers to include their pronouns in their bio or alongside their submission. e.g. Name: Elle Haywood (She/Her).
16. Your entry form must include your name, address, telephone number and email so that we can contact you.
17. Submissions don’t require premiere status. However, if your film is screened at another festival or organisation you must notify KIFF.
18. We do not cover licensing or screening fees for selected projects, as films are in competition and have been submitted to us.
19. All submissions are watched in their entirety and given the full attention of our team of programmers. The date of submission has no reflection on our selection decisions.
20. Each film requires a submission fee. Entrants may submit more than one film.
21. Due to the submission platform being run by a third party (filmfreeway.com) we cannot provide any refunds.
22. KIFF reserves the right to offer Waiver Codes for Discounted/Free/Late Submissions to their partners as well as individual filmmakers.
23. KIFF reserves the right to extend submission deadlines.
24. KIFF reserves the right to upgrade prizes to goods and services if the value exceeds that of the original cash prize. Such goods and services cannot be exchanged for their cash value.
25. Submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including music, still images or video images without the written permission of the owner. We encourage the use of original or royalty free music.
26. KIFF is not able to cover the costs of any format transfers or subtitling.
27. All entrants must agree to participate in promotional and public activities if their film reaches the shortlist stage.
28. The filmmaker grants KIFF the non-exclusive license and right to use all or part of their film only for promotional purposes, and to exhibit the film during the festival (online and offline events) and after, as well as on various social media platforms.
29. Shortlisted films will be notified in writing and their name, as well as the filmmaker’s name will be published on the KIFF website and on social media.
30. The KIFF competition does not accept submissions from Kingston International Film Festival committee members, their immediate family, or sponsors of the event.
31. KIFF reserves the right to change any dates regarding submission deadlines or the festival event.
32. All screenings during the festival period will take place at the discretion of KIFF. KIFF reserves the right to make changes to the advertised schedule at any time for any reason and will not accept liability for any costs incurred as a result of such changes.
33. We propose to have a diverse Selection Panel drawn from the wider industry, a separate Programming Committee and an Awards Jury comprised of industry professionals.
34. Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain parental or guardian consent to submit to KIFF.
35. KIFF reserves the right to amend these R&T’s at any time.
36. KIFF has the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe they have breached any of the rules stated in the R&T’s.
37. Should the KIFF organisers decide to cancel the festival without reason prior to 24 May 2022 (“Official Selection”), every effort will be made to reimburse those who have paid to submit their film. Should the festival be cancelled without reason after the announcement of the Official Selection, only those filmmakers who have been selected to be a part of the festival will be reimbursed.
38. In the event of circumstances being beyond the control of KIFF (such as natural disaster, government restrictions, viral/bacterial pandemic, etc) then every effort will be made to amend if necessary or postpone to allow the festival to go ahead. If this is not feasible then we will aim to proceed with an online festival. In such circumstances, no refunds will be issued.
39. Submitting your film to KIFF implies your full acceptance of the KIFF R&T’s and KIFF has the right of final decision and is under no obligation to provide reasons for its decision.

Overall Rating
  • Annette Westwood

    Fantastic programme of films, workshops & events! An AMAZING inaugural Kingston International Film Festival. Huge thanks to the KIFF team for a superb festival experience. Highly recommdend submitting to and attending!

    October 2022
  • Zaid Sater

    Was delighted to have our first short film "Desolation" selected to be screened at KIFF. Our time at the festival was truly memorable and provided great networking opportunities for young filmmakers to establish connections and receive feedback from key figures within the industry accompanied by very helpful workshops on how to navigate the industry as a newcomer. The staff were also very helpful and forthcoming.

    Overall, my experience at the festival was truly memorable and I look forward to hopefully attending again in the future.

    July 2022
  • Darren Bender

    A great new festival celebrating truly independently made films. The organisers created a great vibe at the event site and I enjoyed meeting many filmmakers and fans of independent filmmaking. The awards come with really useful prizes such as post production support for your next film. It was the first time the festival was run so there were one or two small glitches as you'd expect, but nothing to spoil the party and the wonderful energy created. This is a great addition to the festival scene and much more fun than many other tired UK festivals.

    July 2022
  • Lisle Turner

    What an amazing festival! Proper screenings, great events and an excellent closing awards ceremony. We were delighted to win The Twickenham Studios Award for Best Feature Film for Cold. Thanks to the amazing festival team, to Twickenham Studios for a generous cash prize and the whole thing was topped off by meeting festival patron Mike Newell. We've been to other festivals that have been going for years that have so much less buzz and enthusiasm than this one. We'll be back next year!

    July 2022
  • Beth Park

    A fantastic inaugural KIFF! I was amazed by the amount of effort, the quality of the guest speakers and the quantity of events available for attendees. It was a very ambitious opening festival and I'm so proud that Fishwife won Best Short this year. There were a few small teething problems due to it being the first year, but I'm confident they will be ironed out by next year's event.

    July 2022