Latest Live Event ➡️ FEBRUARY 16th 2024 at CLOSE UP CINEMA LONDON!!! Take a look at our pictures above!! We had an amazing event! ❤️❤️

➡️ 𝐖𝐄𝐋𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐄 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐎𝐍 𝐃𝐈𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐒
❤️ IMDb Qualifing Festival
🎞️ MORE THAN 50 FILMS WILL BE SHOWN.
🎥 MORE THAN 150 FILMS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE MARKET
💃 NETWORKING PARTY FOR FILMMAKERS
⭐️ SPECIAL GUESTS
🔝 SOME OFFICIAL SELECTION FILMS WERE AVAILABLE ON: MUBI, HBO MAX, BBC
🎦 FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL WERE AT 20+ ACADEMY AWARDS OSCAR FESTIVALS
💰$ 15.000 WORTH OF PRICES IN SERVICES EVERY YEAR
👔 PITCHING FORUM
✅ 31/1 - 1/2/2025
🎬 SUBMIT YOUR FILM AND EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL WITH US!

𝐓𝐎𝐏 𝟏𝟎𝟎 𝐌𝐎𝐒𝐓 𝐏𝐎𝐏𝐔𝐋𝐀𝐑 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌 𝐅𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐀𝐋 (according FilmFreeway): 2021, 2022, 2023
𝐓𝐎𝐏 𝟏𝟎 𝐁𝐄𝐒𝐓 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝐖𝐄𝐃 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌 𝐅𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐀𝐋 (according FilmFreeway): 2022, 2023

Your film can also be included in the Official Selection among films produced with the 𝐁𝐁𝐂 (This Is Gay, dir. Kirk Flash), with the support of the 𝐁𝐅𝐈 - 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐭𝐞 (The Leerie, dir. Joseph Daly) or among films created at the 𝐍𝐅𝐓𝐒 𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 - 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐥 (Jellyfish and Lobster - 𝐁𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐀 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦, dir. Yasmin Afifi), who personally attended our festival.

At the festival, we have already screened films that are also available on 𝐌𝐔𝐁𝐈 (The Wolf of Cluster, dir. Tanya J Scott), 𝐇𝐁𝐎 𝐌𝐚𝐱 (First Date, dir. Clara Planelles) and 𝐁𝐁𝐂. The films that were presented at the festival were in the official selections of more than 𝟐𝟎+ 𝐀𝐜𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐲 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐎𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐬.

As the name suggests, the London Director Awards is a film festival dedicated primarily to film directors. Every year we have a wide range of films from first-time directors. Our aim is to present and promote the best emerging, independent film directors, students and graduates of film schools. Among our top priorities is to encourage young aspiring filmmakers to follow their dreams.

We later saw some of our previous winners at festivals in Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance and Venice. By winning at the festival, we managed to encourage some filmmakers to start filming their first feature films. With our encouragement from the win, we motivated them to start a their feature film and this is a big reason why your film should not be missed at our festival.

𝐋𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧 𝐃𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 is 𝐈𝐌𝐃𝐛-𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 with LIVE SCREENING in Close Up Cinema London, in United Kingdom. We organized all our screenings in this cinema. We screened more than 50 films from world directors. Our festival connects directors and potential distributors using our online library, where you too have the opportunity to publish your film's details (more information can be found in the category ⭐️ Want to sell your short/feature film?)

https://londondirectorawards.com/recommended-projects

We have already been trusted by more than 11,000 filmmakers and directors from 135 countries of the world who submitted their films to our festival. Some of them were premiered at the 𝑭𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 𝒅𝒆 𝑪𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝑭𝒊𝒍𝒎 𝑭𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍, 𝑻𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝑰𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑭𝒊𝒍𝒎 𝑭𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒗𝒂𝒍 or have been awarded and nominated for 𝐀𝐂𝐀𝐃𝐄𝐌𝐘 𝐀𝐖𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐒, 𝐆𝐎𝐋𝐃𝐄𝐍 𝐆𝐋𝐎𝐁𝐄𝐒, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐁𝐀𝐅𝐓𝐀.

Previous winners of our festival are well-know directors such as 𝐏𝐥𝐮𝐦 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞-𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐬 (United Kingdom), 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧 𝐃𝐚𝐝𝐚 (France), 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐞 𝐎'𝐑𝐞𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 (United Kingdom), 𝐄𝐰𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐜𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐬𝐡 (United Kingdom), 𝐈𝐦𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐳𝐥𝐨 (Hungary), 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐟𝐚𝐧 𝐊𝐨𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐢 (Denmark), 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐞𝐛𝐚𝐮 𝐌𝐜𝐏𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 (Australia), 𝐀𝐝𝐚𝐦 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 (United Kingdom), 𝐁𝐨 𝐘𝐚𝐨 (China), 𝐀𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐤 𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐤𝐨𝐰𝐬𝐤𝐚 𝐇𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐫 (United Kingdom), 𝐋𝐢𝐚𝐦 𝐅𝐥𝐲𝐧𝐧 (Ireland) and others.

𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓 𝐎𝐔𝐑 𝐉𝐔𝐑𝐎𝐑𝐒

𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐌𝐢𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐣𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐡 (Australia) is a Perth filmmaker with a background in education, media, and film. Steven has produced, directed, written and edited two feature films: The Xrossing in 2020, which had it’s international premiere at the 𝐒𝐭 𝐋𝐨𝐮𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 (𝐎𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐟), and earned several awards. The Xrossing was distributed theatrically by Halo Films with worldwide online distribution through Freestyle Digital Media. The film was available on 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐓𝐕 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐞.

𝐓𝐨𝐦 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐬 and 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐬 (South Africa) are a sibling writer/director duo based in South Africa. They have been making films together since 2012. With academic backgrounds in music and environmental science, they approach their work with a mix of creative and analytical perspectives. In 2021, they wrote an directed a French 3-part miniseries titled Vaillante. The series was produced for 𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐄𝐅 with the goal to drive behavioural change around child marriage practices. It was broadcast on 𝐂𝐀𝐍𝐀𝐋+ across central and west Africa and screened at Canal Olympia cinemas in 12 countries.

Have you ever been frustrated that your film was not selected for a festival without giving a reason? If you're a filmmaker, you probably are. That is why our festival also offers the possibility of a film review for a short film. This review is a way to professionalize your filmmaking.

Your film can be promoted on our YouTube channel. Even in this way, your film can grow in popularity (you can find more information in the section ⭐️ YOUR TRAIER ON OUR YOUTUBE):

https://www.youtube.com/@LondonDirectorAwards

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

"𝐈𝐭'𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥. 𝐂𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡! 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦!" Florian Guillaume, british creator of animated films

"𝐀𝐛𝐬𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟗𝐭𝐡 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 , 𝐈 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥. 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞." Tom O'Flaherty, british film director, producer and editor

The festival has earned trust and recognition from the global filmmaker community, with extensive press coverage from important film magazines like 𝐌𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐞 and 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐀𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐲, showcasing its prestige and influence:

https://www.moviemaker.com/london-director-awards-introduces-the-esteemed-jury-and-program-for-its-upcoming-festival/

Main categories for for film productions and independent filmmakers:
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Short Film
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Short Doc
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Animation Film
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Feature Film
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Feature Documentary
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Super Short Film (under 10‘)

Main categories for 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐦:
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Student Fiction Film
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Student Doc
🥇 Grand Prix: Director Animation Film

𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐆𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐁𝐑𝐈𝐓𝐈𝐒𝐇 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌𝐒
Best British Director Short Film (for professional productions)
Best British Director Short Doc
Best British Director Animation Film
Best British Director Feature Film
Best British Director Feature Doc
Best British Director Student Film

𝐌𝐀𝐈𝐍 𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐆𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐒: Best First-Time Director Short Film, Best First-Time Director Feature Film, Best Second-Time Director Short Film, Best Second-Time Director Feature Film, Best Female Director, Best Male Director, Best Art Director, Best Director of Photography, Best Casting Director, Best Director Music Video, Best Director Drama, Best Director Comedy, Best Director Sci-fi, Best Director Fantasy, Best Director Animation, Best Director Experimental, Best Director Indie Feature Film, Best Director Indie Short Film, Best Director Web/TV Series, Best Director Horror, Best Director Thriller, Best Director LGBTQ, Best Director Action, Best Director Psychological, Best Director War Film, Best Trailer
Best Pitch

𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝐁𝐲 𝐚𝐠𝐞: Best Teenager Director (under 19y.), Best Young Director (under 30y.), Best Adult Director (31y. - 55y.), Best Senior Director (56y. and more)

𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 𝐈'𝐌 𝐀 𝐅𝐈𝐋𝐌 𝐃𝐈𝐑𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐀𝐓 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐀𝐌𝐄 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄 𝐈'𝐌... (the screenwriter of the film must also be the director of the film, the editor of the film must also be the director of the film, etc.)
✍️ Best Script (Short)
✍️ Best Script (Feature)
🎭 Best Actor
🎭 Best Actress
🎥 Best Producer
🎥 Best Editor

𝐂𝐔𝐋𝐓𝐔𝐑𝐀𝐋 𝐃𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐘: Best American Director, Best European Director, Best Asian Director, Best African Director, Best Australian Director, Best South American Director, Best USA Director, Best French Director, Best Spanish Director, Best Italian Director, Best Canadian Director

💰$ 15.000 WORTH OF PRICES IN SERVICES EVERY YEAR
Each of the winning films will receive:
VIP INTERVIEW ($99)
PUBLISH A TRAILER ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL ($99)
YOUR PROJECT WILL BE PUBLISHED IN OUR ONLINE LIBRARY ($99)

1. If the film is not in English, it must have English subtitles.
2. All entry fees are non-refundable.
3. Multiple entries from the same submitter are accepted.
4. The film must be produced after January 1, 2021.
5. The decision of the festival selection committee is final.
6. Films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third Parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required copyright permissions regarding music, sound & images. Etc presented in their film.
7. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.
8. The organizers have the right to use trailers or still photos on public social networks to promote your project and our festival.
9. By submitting the project, you agree that our partner film festivals will be able to send you an offer to submit your projects.
10. Only films from the main categories can screened it to the LIVE SCREENING.
11. By winning at our film festival, either after the call for submission of your film by e-mail or through the FilmFreeway portal, you have the right to become a judge at our festival and get a job opportunity.

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  • LEWIS CRITCHLEY

    The London Directors Awards Festival misleads filmmakers by not clearly defining what "selected" means, implying their films will be screened. In reality, out of hundreds of selected films, only 8-10 are shown. These festivals maximize submissions for revenue, charging entry fees and sometimes streaming films without sharing revenue with the filmmakers. Film Freeway fails in its duty to filmmakers by not ensuring explicit consent or control over how films are used and screened by festivals. Filmmakers often find themselves bound to unfavorable streaming terms without an opt-out option. Festivals must be required to share at least 20% of the revenue with filmmakers for any films screened, especially those placed on online platforms for profit.

    July 2024
  • Ryan Paige

    A brilliant event - very well organised, clear and thorough communication. We were thrilled to be selected and honoured to have been awarded. Thank you!

    April 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Congratulations to your success.
    It was honor you took a part in our festival.
    We are looking forward to your next amazing projects.

  • This was an amazing opportunity for me and so special I will never forget it . I am still having to add all the laurels just working on a new poster … thanks so much .
    Odette Sugerman

    April 2024
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    Response from festival:

    It's amazing to hear these positive words from you!
    We believe that one day we will meet in person! You are a talented artist!

  • Aiuchi Keiji

    Hello London Director Awards ! !
    I am honored that my work "REM -The waves of endless dreams- MK-C" was selected as a finalist. One of my major goals was for my work to attract attention in London. So I'm very happy that it has become an opportunity for people around the world to know about it. thank you! !

    March 2024
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback! It's amazing to hear such nice words!

  • Toby Wharton

    From my perspective this isn't a real festival. And this review isn't coming from someone who feels bitter as I won "Best London Film director". There are so many films "selected" for this event and yet less than 10 were included in the one off live screening. How can a festival select 500 and counting and show less than 10..? Makes the whole thing meaningless

    March 2024
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    Response from festival:

    We appreciate all feedback, as it helps us improve and provide a better experience for filmmakers and audiences alike.

    We understand your concerns about the number of films selected versus those screened. Our selection process aims to recognize a wide range of talent and give many filmmakers the opportunity to be part of our festival. While our live screenings are limited due to time constraints, we strive to ensure that each selected film receives the recognition it deserves through our festival’s various channels, including online platforms, industry programs, and promotional activities.

    Our goal is to celebrate and support filmmakers from around the world, and we continuously work on finding the right balance to showcase as many projects as possible. We value your input and are committed to making improvements for future editions.

    Thank you once again for your feedback and for being part of our festival.