Leicester City Film Festival annual celebration of cinema from around the world set in the heart of the UK Midlands. Leicester City Film Festival is open to all genres and formats. Live screenings of the festival winners are held at The Shed in Leicester. Entry to the festival is by donation in aid of Wishes 4 Kids charity.

Officially selected films receive festival laurels. Official selections in each category are screened at the live festival. Winners in each category receive an official Leicester Film Festival award certificate.

The award categories are:

Best Short ( under 60 mins )

Best International Short ( under 60 mins )

Best Super Short ( 3 mins and under )

Best International Super Short ( 3 mins and under )

Best Trailer

Best International Trailer

Best Music Video

All films and screenplays must be completed upon submission. No works in progress please.

Short films as well as feature films of any genre and format up to 60 minutes are accepted.

All films must have been made in or after 2020 and have English subtitles ( Unless English is the main language spoken).

International films not in English MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English.


By submitting your film to our festival you agree that your piece of work (full film or trailer) can be uploaded/embed on our website. The filmmaker/institution that is submitting the film must own the rights to do so and is responsible for the content they are providing. By submitting, the filmmaker allows Leicester City Film Festival to create a page for their film without infringing copyright of any kind of form. Any violations of that agreement will result in immediate disqualification from the festival.

After the submission is complete and the film is accepted, we will upload/embed your trailer on our Screening Room webpage.


Submissions close 1 month before the festival screening date(s) and all officially selected films will be announced on our website and social media pages. All of those selected will be notified through FilmFreeway.

Winners, nominees and unsuccessful films can be deleted from the website after the festival ends as long as the submitter decides to do so.

Judging decisions are final.

Submissions that are found to have violated any of the Eligibility Requirements listed above may be disqualified at any time by Leicester Film Festival.

If you're not sure about something, please email us before you submit. We'll answer your queries as quickly as possible.

Overall Rating
  • Excellent festival, in a film studio no less. We’re very appreciative to have received best short film award.

    December 2023
  • Manoj Anand

    Thank you for the award

    October 2021
  • Joey Lever

    Hi? did you even select winners for 2020? I cant see any?

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Joey, the winners will be announced at the live screening event. We're still waiting for the covid restrictions to be lifted but as soon as they are, we'll be sending out the event date

  • laurent rouy

    Was very happy to be selected to this festival. Nice website that featured my trailer. Being far from UK, I could nt attend.
    Negative point is that 14 days after festival, and in spite of having sent several e mails & FB messages to know the list of awarded films, I had no reply. Maybe it s me, maybe not? I dont know. So my piece of advice to this festival would be to further improve communication or to post somewhere online the winner;s list. Best of luck. Laurent

    September 2016
    Response from festival:

    Hi Laurent. Thanks for your feedback, we will add a winners page to our website.