Little Wing began as a movement towards fairly compensating young filmmakers for their work - in more ways than just exposure and experience. We're a new festival, by young people, for young people, and we want to create more sustainable and inclusive opportunities with awards that help facilitate future projects. We want to create 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.

Exclusively screening films from students, recent graduates, and first-time filmmakers, we held the first Little Wing Film Festival in 2017 and, with the help of our partners, in its 2 years running we've given away over £8000 of cash and prizes to young filmmakers to help foster career growth. Keep an eye out for updates on what prizes and awards are on offer this year, as well as partnership programmes and mentorship with the BBC.
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.
We want the festival itself to be a rewarding experience, not only for film makers who have submitted, but for those who are attending as well. If you're in London and attending, the weekend itself will consist of networking opportunities and a workshop headed by industry leaders in filmmaking and festival consultancy. Watch this space for when we reveal our exciting new venue for 2019.

For more information visit and discover how you can help Little Wing build momentum and be a movement for young creatives helping each other and changing the industry norms of compensation.

We strive to compensate winners in whatever way we can. Whether it be finances, software, or tech gear; whatever we can source that helps you on to your next project. 

This year our winning filmmakers will receive one-on-one advice sessions with BBC Films, and prizes from Dropbox, Shure, Final Draft Rosco, and many more - keep an eye out for announcements to come! All submissions receive a 3-month subscription to!

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

This year we've added 2 new categories

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

Future of Film 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 equality 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 talent.

Little Wing Film Festival is exclusively for first-time film-makers, current students, and graduates within 2 years of their graduation date. 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.

If you don't fall into these categories because life has taken you on a less than linear career path, please send us an e-mail if you think you might still be eligible as a new filmmaker.

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 may be used for promotional purposes as seen fit by Little Wing Film Festival management.

Overall Rating
  • Heidi Jones

    I had the pleasure of attending this festival to see my film screened among many talented pieces of work. Incredibly well organised, the atmosphere was fantastic, I felt so welcomed and appreciated! I would highly recommend any young filmmakers to submit and attend, you wont regret it!

    October 2019
  • Alice Lambert

    This festival was really great. A well organised 3 days of films. Everyone was super friendly and welcoming. I had a fab time 😁

    September 2019
  • kit loyd

    The most passionate, supportive and fun film festival. I was privileged to have my film 'The Audition' Shown here and I would encourage anyone to submit their work with these guys. They are fantastic!

    September 2019
  • Barnaby Boulton

    We were very happy to have our short film screen at Little Wing Film Festival. Very supportive and communicative hosts!

    January 2019
  • Valentina Casadei

    Unluckily I haven't been able to attend the film festival but the great communication and availability that they showed was enough to say that it's a festival which is worth it to register your films!!!!

    January 2019