The Little Venice Film Festival is an annual independent film festival and competition that will champion inclusivity by amplifying underrepresented voices in cinema, removing cost barriers to entry and attendance, and putting on specialised screenings for disabled, deaf and neurodivergent audiences.

Set in the heart of Little Venice, the festival will showcase features, documentaries and shorts encompassing the lives and experiences of marginalised groups alongside established independent filmmakers from the UK and abroad.

Entries in all adult categories are eligible for our awards:

Best Feature
Best Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best British feature
Best British short
Best LGBTQ+ Experience Film
Best Female Experience Film
Best Director
Best Film by a Female Director
Best First Time Filmmaker
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best National Student Showcase Film
Best National Youth Showcase Film
Best Score
Best Animation
Contribution to Cinema award

Little Venice Film Festival Terms and Conditions

About Little Venice Film Festival

1. The Little Venice Film Festival (LVFF) is a Community Interest Company established to champion inclusivity in cinema.

2. As part of our core aims as a Community Interest Company, all films screened during the festival should be accessible to Deaf audiences. If chosen, we also welcome films that include or can include audio descriptions on DCP.

3. The Festival's inaugural run will occur from August 22 through August 27 of 2023.


4. Digital submissions only. All films must be viewable as online screeners.

5. We are unable to provide individualised feedback on submissions due to the amount of entries. Not every submission that is received is chosen for the LVFF.

6. No later than August 1st, 2023, all films chosen for screening or an award will be contacted via email. We will email you to let you know if your film was not chosen.

7. At our discretion, the festival maintains the right to reschedule deadlines and close submissions earlier than specified.

8. A group of programmers reviews every contribution. After the entry deadline of July 10, 2023, the final selection will be made.

9. Prior to submission, all rights, approvals, and permissions must be obtained. Applicants must also make sure they have the legal right to submit the work with respect to any third parties involved in the production of the film. You consent to this and the obligations involved by submitting your work. The Little Venice Film Festival CIC disclaims all liability for infringement of copyright, and submission fees are not refundable.


10. Films must be submitted to the Little Venice Film Festival by midnight on 10 July 2023 and all original submissions are final. Discounts are available for early submissions.

11. All submission payments will be made through No refunds will be given.

12 . We want the festival to be open to all, with no financial barriers to entry. If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to participate, please contact us at and we will see if we can make a concession or waive your entry fee. Our decision on this matter is final and will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

13. Premieres and exclusivity are not necessary for the LVFF. We will take into account work that is already online.

14. For the competitive categories, only movies that were finished after January 1, 2022, will be taken into account.

15. All entrants to the National Student Showcase category must provide proof of student status in order for their entry to be considered. You must be currently enrolled on an undergraduate or postgraduate course, or have graduated this year at the latest.

16. Entries for the National Youth Showcase must be movies made for less than £500. Participants must be under the age of 18.

17. Films of any genre and duration will be taken into consideration; films over 45 minutes are categorised as a feature, and anything under 45 minutes is categorised as a short.

18. One entry fee per category. The same film can be entered into one or more categories, but each category requires an entry fee.


19. You will be required to submit a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) of your movie if it is chosen.

20. In keeping with the LVFF's commitment to enhancing accessibility, all selected films will be required to provide a subtitle track or closed captions for viewers with hearing issues. Selected filmmakers will be urged to include Audio Description (AD) with their display copy.

21. For submitted and selected films - LVFF does not pay a fee.

22. Submissions to the LVFF are made in the knowledge that selection may be made for any and all formats of exhibition that make up the LVFF 2023, including theatrical exhibition, digital exhibition, or both - with the filmmakers' consent.

23. Movies chosen for the LVFF that do not have a BBFC certification are rated for audiences 18 and over.

24. A movie cannot be removed from our programme after it has been chosen.

25. The Little Venice Film Festival is a competitive event, and all films that have been officially chosen are eligible for competition.

26. In order to participate in the event, you must provide the following:

Publicity kit including a 150-word English summary, six high-resolution film stills, a digital trailer with English subtitles (if the movie isn't entirely in English), and a physical or online press screening copy of the movie.

By providing these materials, you are giving LVFF permission to use them in any marketing/social media for the 2023 Little Venice Film Festival.

27. LVFF reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who fails to comply with our rules.

28. Winners will be presented with their awards at the LVFF Awards Ceremony to be held at the Festival on Sunday 27th August 2023. Nominees will be notified of their nomination in advance. Winners will not be notified in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact