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
  • 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