A grassroots festival run by and for young creatives, Little Wing is challenging barriers to film, amplifying diverse voices and redefining the conversation for a new generation of filmmakers. Where we want to see real change, we'll start with ourselves.

*Little Wing Film Festival 2020 will be an online event due to current Coronavirus restrictions in the UK. We look forward to welcoming you to an incredible week with us!*

Exclusively screening films from students, recent graduates, and new filmmakers, we held the first Little Wing Film Festival in 2017 and have since partnered with the likes of BBC Films, Mayor of London, and the BFI to deliver curated prizes and opportunity pathways for emerging filmmakers.

Little Wing began as a response against the socioeconomic barriers facing young people trying to break into the film industry. When opportunities are too often chiseled out of unpaid internships and work experience, young people working to support themselves independently often get left behind. Started by young people, for young people, we want to create more sustainable and inclusive opportunities with awards that help facilitate future projects. We want to curate events and opportunities that shift us towards a future in film that we'd like to see for ourselves and encourage around us - a future that is inclusive, where opportunities aren't just reserved for those who can afford to work unpaid, and where talent isn't disadvantaged because it's new.

Film guidelines are broad and submission costs are as low. We want Little Wing Film Festival to be accessible and we understand that first projects aren't usually backed by big budgets. Whether your films be shorts or features, animations or documentaries; every story that is weird and wonderful, and your unique point of view, we want to see.
In light of the current COVID crisis, like many festivals we have made the decision to move to an online festival for 2020. We're very excited about the scalable opportunities this opens up for us as a grassroots event and look forward to working with our filmmakers to curate a programme of screenings and events that have their interests and voices at the heart of it.

Join us - be a part of a grassroots movement championing new talent and join our community of tight-knit, collaborative, and supportive filmmakers.

For more information visit www.littlewingevents.com or send us an e-mail at contact@littlewingevents.com

Be it software, equipment, finances, or opportunity pathways, we want to ensure our awards are genuinely facilitating future projects and fostering career growth.  

Receive one-on-one advice sessions with BBC Films, Dropboc licenses, and Final Draft scriptwriting software, and a whole host of prizes to be revealed - keep an eye out for updates!

2020 awards include

Best Director
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Male Actor
Best Female Actor
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best UK Film
Best International Film

Film Enterprise Award - to award those who have created brilliant films of limited resources. These awards will be eligible for those whose budgets were under £2000.

Film Futures Award - Rewarding filmmakers for championing stories, ideas, diversity, equality, that we want to see more of in the future of film.

If you'd like to be eligible, please include in your cover statement anything you would like to be taken into consideration. If there are elements of the process which you'd like to highlight behind the screens (eg diversity and representation in crew members) please be sure to include this.

Chosen films will also have allocations of free tickets that can be used throughout the festival so you can see the quality of work that is being produced by your peers and meet like-minded creatives.

Little Wing Film Festival is exclusively for new filmmakers, current students, and graduates within approximately 2 years of their graduation date. There is flexibility around these on an individual case basis so please get in touch if you have any questions around eligibility. We appreciate film isn't always the most linear career path and welcome returners.

Please note that film submissions will be checked for eligibility and films in breach of this will be disqualified from festival consideration and submission fees will not be reimbursed. All filmmakers must have the necessary rights to their work. Little Wing Film Festival holds no responsibility for self-incrimination or the consequences against submitting illegal content.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. They accept that the submission and accompanying photography and media assets may be used for promotional purposes as seen fit by Little Wing Film Festival management.

By submitting to the festival you're allowing us to contact you via e-mail to share occasional updates on the event.

Overall Rating
  • George Hellings

    Little Wings was the first film festival I had work shown at and it couldn’t have gone better! Those running the festival were incredibly helpful and welcoming and the work picked for the screenings was varied and inspiring. The feedback system was a fantastic way to get audiences engaged and allow friendly constructive criticism for my film and the networking event was a great way to get upcoming filmmakers mingling. Overall this was a fantastic experience, made all the more refreshing because I could tell those running the festival and the festival goers themselves really cared!

    January 2020
  • Max Tobin

    Wonderful festival with amazing written feedback. Will absolutely submit again!

    December 2019
  • I have nothing but praise to give this festival. Excellent communication with the programmers, and I felt that I was in good hands from the moment I got accepted until well after the event itself. Reading the written feedback from the audience also made me realize what a thoughtful and welcoming audience this festival attracts.

    December 2019
  • Laura Mahler

    What a lovely little festival! Really excited to see this one grow each year - obviously a really supportive and lovely community behind it. Thanks for nominating our Documentary! Hopefully see you next year :)

    December 2019
  • Matthew Cullum

    As a first-time filmmaker, I found LWFF so welcoming, inclusive and the films on display were of a really high quality. I loved the venue, and there were loads of events for the filmmakers to network. Mariah was really communicative and did an amazing job organising. I'd recommend anyone to apply!

    November 2019