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
  • Alexx Bryant

    Great festival! Very supportive to young and emerging filmmakers!

    January 2021
  • Literally the best film festival I've ever been a part of and it was only the online version.

    Fun, personal and curated screenings every night based on a theme make all the films seem considered and part of the event, so everything gets maximum attention.

    The Q+As opportunities are great, and the online format meant networking was super easy and had 1 on 1 chats with the film-makers, and essentially swapped contacts with all of them.

    It was super welcoming, full of great films, with wonderful people running it (shout out to Mariah) and endlessly supportive to film makers.

    I was lucky enough to win Best Animated Film in 2020.

    Is also a super cheap submission fee, and completely worth your time!

    December 2020
  • Backscatter Productions

    One of the best emerging festivals going. Amazing support from Mariah and the team, and not to mention absolutely brilliant films on show throughout. Submit to this festival!!!

    December 2020
  • Austin Braddock

    I love this festival so much, in light of the new restrictions for festivals due to Covid they were still so responsive. They took the extra steps to still make participants in the festival feel like they were being celebrated for their work.

    December 2020
  • Abel Rubinstein

    What a wonderful caring film festival. Lucky to be a part of this one. This festival has a wonderful team behind it, who truly care for us as filmmakers. Their goal is to help us as much as possible. Please do apply!

    December 2020