Are you tired of wondering if film festivals even watch your submission? So are we!


Our festival jury is a group of working award-winning indie filmmakers who are tired of the status quo of the festival circuit. Rather than just bitch, we decided to do something about it! We started our own festival to help honour great indie shorts and help fund indie talent's future projects.


• We build into the winning filmmaker's future by funding their next project with our £1,000 FILM FUND.

• Each and every filmmaker that submits to our festival gets FREE FEEDBACK regardless if they win or not.

• Our categories are based on BUDGET VS. GENRE, so micro-shorts don't have to compete with fully funded films.


Each month leading up to the festival we review all films submitted within that month and announce a list of 9 MONTHLY FINALISTS.

Those 9 MONTHLY FINALISTS are comprised of the TOP 3 films in each of our 3 budget based categories: Micro-budget (£0 - £999), Low Budget (£1000 - £4999), Sponsored (£5000+).

Each month we choose 3 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS (1 per category) to screen later in the year at our annual gala event!

Only Official Selections are eligible for nominations and awards, and to compete for the £1,000 film fund.

Finalists from previous months are still eligible to become an Official Selection any month leading up to the annual gala.


Kino London is a unique platform that supports all levels of filmmaking, from absolute beginners through to career professionals. There are over a thousand filmmakers in our London Meetup group, and our mission is to help all filmmakers ‘write it, shoot it, and screen it!’

The Kino International Filmmaking Movement is an initiative explained succinctly by the motto “Do well with nothing, do better with little, and do it now!” Various cells across the globe are embracing this motto to run independently organized filmmaking events with a heavy focus on truly independent cinema. Kino London is one such cell that has been running filmmaking events since 2009.

MONTHLY FINALISTS in each of our 3 categories will receive appropriate laurels. Note that Finalists are not automatically screened. Screenings are reserved for Official Selections. However, anyone can apply to screen at one of our infamous non-competitive Short Film Open-Mic Night's:


Best Micro Budget Short
Best Low Budget Short
Best Sponsored Short

NINE NOMINEES (three per category) will screen as the finale of the festival and all filmmakers will have the opportunity to pitch their next project.

THREE WINNERS (one per category) will be named by the audience.

The overall WINNER of the £1,000 FILM FUND will be selected by the audience based on the combined factors of the film they just screened and the vision for their future project.

The festival jury will act as Executive Producers on the selected project to help stretch the fund for a micro budget. The filmmaker themselves will retain all rights to their work.


Additional Nominees based on jury selection (not eligible to win the film fund) will be named in the following categories:

Best Drama Short
Best Comedy Short
Best Experimental Short Film
Best SciFi Short
Best Horror Short (Award Sponsored by Fun Size Horror)
Best Documentary Short
Best Animated Short
Best Music Video
Best LGBTQ Short
Best Foreign Language Short
Best Student Short

Best Performance in a Drama (Sub-genres can qualify based on the tone of the performance)
Best Performance in a Comedy (Sub-genres can qualify based on the tone of the performance)
Best Supporting Performance in a Drama (Sub-genres can qualify based on the tone of the performance)
Best Supporting Performance in a Comedy (Sub-genres can qualify based on the tone of the performance)
Best Ensemble Cast (Drama)
Best Ensemble Cast (Comedy)

Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Original Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Original Score
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Production Design
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Design

PRIZES: All Award Winners will receive Laurel & Statuette, plus additional special prizes for certain categories.


• Submissions are open to anyone.
• All film must be 15 minutes or under.
• All genres accepted.
• No premiere status is required.
• All submissions must include production budget.
• Films depicting real-life illegal or exploitive acts will be rejected.
• All films, not in the English language, are required to have subtitles.
• Films must have completed post-production after January 2017.
• The payment of an entrance fee is required.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• By submitting your film to The People’s Film Festival you confirm you own the rights to distribute and showcase the film.
• The People’s Film Festival will not be held responsible for any copyright issues or infringements.
• By submitting your film you acknowledge that The People’s Film Festival reserves the right to promote your film on our website and social media.
• The internal jury of The People’s Film Festival will select the finalists and winning films and special awards.
• The films are judged on the quality of the project as compared to their production budget.
• Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival.
• Official Selections will be automatically eligible for special awards.
• Winners will receive Festival Laurels and Digital Certificates.
• The People’s Film Festival does not make your film available online to the public.
• By Submitting to The People’s Film Festival you agree to be put on our mailing list.
• The People’s Film Festival director has the right to make decisions about matters not provided by these rules.
• Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of The People’s Film Festival.
• By submitting you declare that you have understood, and agreed to the rules and terms of The People’s Film Festival.


• Kino London will provide a £1000 film fund each year, following the annual ‘The People’s Film Festival’ event.
• The recipient will be decided by "The People", the audience present at the annual gala awards show.
• The fund will be provided to the named filmmaker from the winning project.
• Funding may contribute towards, or cover, the full budget of the film project. Any remaining funds not utilised for the film, will kept by Kino London.
• Funding will be provided in a number of formats, including but not exclusive to, direct total payments, installments, cover for production costs, equivalent value of crew and cast hire, subsidising of production by Kino members.
• Funding must contribute towards pre-production and production costs. Funds will not be provided solely for post-production or distribution purposes.
• The filmmaker must present a project plan to the Kino London jury within three months of being selected, to include project proposal, story outline, proposed budget, timeline, and distribution plan.
• Filmmakers will be expected to complete the film within twelve months of receiving funding.
• All films must acknowledge Kino London in the credits as a funding partner.
• TPFF Festival Director and Jury Members must be named as Executive Producers on the final project.
• The filmmaker will retain all the legal rights to their own work, but they will grant Kino London the right to screen the final film and the right use all production stills, promotional materials, and the filmmakers likeness for their own marketing.
• Filmmakers will be expected to present the film at a Kino London event within six months of completing the film.

Overall Rating
  • Harvey Puttock

    A brilliant festival, Dustin and the team are really supportive of the films both at their festival and beyond. Would recommend to all up-and-coming filmmakers!

    March 2020
  • tom hughes

    Dustin and the team are providing a really great platform for up-and-coming filmmakers, the communication about the screening, invites to networking events and helpful feedback after you film screens are all invaluable. Definitely a festival that cares!

    March 2020
  • An absolutely fantastic festival and well worth being involved with. The Kino London monthly screening in London is brilliant and Dustin has done a great job in pulling it all together for The People's Film Festival.

    March 2020
  • Peter Trifunovic

    An intimate festival in a unique setting. Lots of awards available for filmmakers, including a large cash prize. This is a good festival for socialising and networking with other filmmakers. Good communication from the festival in the run up to the event. Would submit again.

    March 2020
  • Great festival and great communication! This is the only festival we've been selected to that voluntarily sent us very detailed feedback and scoring from the judges about our film. Was super interesting reading their perspectives and interpretations!

    March 2020