If you wish to submit multiple projects, please email us for waiver codes and discounts!

Join our global network of Filmmakers, Actors, Directors, Producers, Writers, Photographers and everyone in between now! Be part of a huge and growing community. All filmmakers will be given the opportunity to grow their work and have their films seen by many more!

London City Film Awards aims to gather emerging talent not only from the UK but also from around the world as well. We have started this international film event to allow up and coming producers, directors, writers, and everyone in between to showcase their productions. The art scene and film scene in London and around the world can be very daunting and seemingly impossible to get into and get involved with.

London City Film Awards is the perfect new platform for budding filmmakers of all backgrounds. We are a film event made for artists by artists to exchange and celebrate the new work that is being made all around the world.

London City Film Awards aims to gather emerging talent not only from the United Kingdom but from around the world in one setting where we can enjoy the works of talented individuals. We welcome submissions from a range of genres including short films, documentaries, features, animations and screenplays.

All programmes with the final selection will be available one month prior to the festival!

If your film has been selected for screening, you will be contacted a month in advance!

Award winners will be announced at our festival!
All laurels will be available to download on our website.
You can apply for as many categories as you want!

Winners will receive Trophy Awards and Award Certificates at our Award Ceremony in London.

Select films may be provided with the opportunity to work with our partnering production companies.

Please email us if you need any information regarding anything else, which we have not mentioned!
$15 for:
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
& Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, when you submit to one other category!
$15 for:
Best Director, Best Student Director, Best Producer, and Best Editing when you submit to one other category!


We are excited to announce our bigger and better screenplay competition which we will hold alongside our film festival in 2018!

To submit your Screenplays/Script make sure you have read the following.
1. The Screenplay/Script is a completed first draft.
2. The Screenplay/Script is between 80-120 pages (No longer/shorter).
3. The Screenplay/Script is written in English.
4. The Screenplay/Script is and must be the writers/authors original work, we do not accept adaptations.
5. The Screenplay/Script is written on or after 2014.
6. The Screenplay/Script can be in any genre.
7. Work must be produced by an individual. We encourage works also from Writers and Directors.
8. We accept from all corners of the world!
9. All Writers/Authors must be 18 years and over.

All the final selections will be invited to London and have the chance to read 5 minutes of their Script to the audience.

A whole evening will be dedicated to the writers. Winners will be awarded Trophies, Certificates.

You will also have the chance to network and promote your works with filmmakers, giving you the chance to grow your work.

Before you submit to our festival, check out our website and social media pages. You will be able to see all the previous projects and films that we have showcased at our festivals.


2 films will be awarded The Golden Bear Award for Exceptional work chosen by our 5 judges.

LCFA Jury Awards

The Golden Bear Award for Most Influential Film.
The Golden Bear Award for Most Culturally Diverse Cast.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Animated Short
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Music Score and much more!

Six new categories for 2018 Film Awards!

Best Feminist Film
Best LGBT Film
Best Action Film
Best Comedy Film
Best Sci-fi Film
Best Soundtrack

2018 Awards include:

Best Feature Film, Best Short Film and Best Documentary (Feature, Short & Foreign)

Films that have been chosen to be screened will be notified two months prior to the festival.

Winners will receive the notable The London City Film Awards Trophy which will be engraved with your details.

Our new Golden Bear Award will be handed to the most exceptional film.

1. Films eligible for Official Selection will be notified before the notification date and are all eligible for nomination of their submitted categories.

2. Winners will receive Winner Laurels, Award Certificates, Trophies and Cash Prize.

3. All foreign submissions must be subtitled in English.

4. We only accept Online screeners, and posters are mandatory and must be uploaded to FilmFreeway’s site. Digital file only.

5. All films must have been made in or after 2011.

6. By submitting, the filmmaker allows to advertise for them without infringing copyright of any kind of form and list them on social media platforms as well as our website (we will not publish your film if you don't want us to!)

7. The entry fee is not refundable.

8. Rules and terms and conditions are subject to change at the discretion of the London City Film Awards.

9. All students must provide proof of student status within a week of submitting their film. If we do not receive this films will be disqualified.

10. For programming consideration, London City Film Awards only accepts online screeners (FilmFreeway or Vimeo via FilmFreeway). WE DO NOT ACCEPT DVD SUBMISSIONS.

11. After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and is 'In Consideration'. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given.

12. London City Film Awards reserves the right to use images from films selected in Festival marketing purposes.

By agreeing to these terms, you warrant that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the London City Film Awards and that the information that you have supplied is correct.

Overall Rating
  • Jumaan Short

    I didn't get to go this festival, but my producer did. She said it was very good with a range of films, great audience, well organised and enjoyable. It's a small but growing festival, so definitely one to watch. Plus you get actual awards with the name of your film and what you won written on it! I had excellent communication with the festival beforehand and they were very polite and friendly. We recommend it.

    November 2017
  • Louis Dalton

    I emerged from the overground station, google mapped to WHIRLED CINEMA, and crossed the road. I thought that we had the wrong address, as we passed graffiti tagged car vallet shops with their shutters down. Nonetheless, the Whirled Cinema sign appeared, signalling us to ascend up a set of blue-lit stairs. We were met by a member of the festival team weilding an iPad. I was pleased with the speed and accuracy of gaining access to the festival. We had printed off our tickets, but we did not need to show them. I simply stated that I had two tickets for Louis Dalton and one for Sophie Hurry. The kind woman quickly scrolled down the ipad, checked us in, and we were presented with a festival programme, drinks on arrival, and a general air of 'we're getting ready, please stand-by'.
    For £12. something a ticket, my girlfriend, mother and I attended the Whirled Cinema in South East London, where we enjoyed a full night of entertainment ( 4.30pm - 11pm to be precise), during which time I personally consumed four prosecco glasses and six slices of pizza. Now, for London prices, and considering that the food and drink was free, I was thoroughly impressed. I was also quite pleased to notice that the festival had provided the oppurtunity to have your picture taken by their step and repeat background, fully manned with a photographer sporting a Canon camera (exact specs of said camera unfortunately could not be named). From personal experience, I know that you need to have the png of the logo on-hand, Photoshop it into another format, send the designs to a company, have that printed, buy a stand for your background, and even potentially rent a red carpet (which they did). All of that is expensive too. So I really appreciated being able to finally aquire some more pictures of myself and loved ones behind a film-like festival background. Perhaps I'll right click save their photograph of me and Sophie, and print it, and put it on the wall.
    As an avid filmgoer and ex-student of film, the thought of watching five hours of continuos short films/ documentaries/ music videos is just a part of my culture. I cherished the range of the festival selections, and even selected a few favourites of my own. When getting down to the nitty gritty, actually being at the festival and consuming all the content was very enjoyable.
    The venue of Whirled Cinema pleased my mother, who has a slight admiration for older materials (bricks and mortar as such). She liked the arched brickwork that formed the ceiling, and I believe that there was a quirky novelty of a real train driving from left to right during the screenings (which unfortunately sometimes interrupted dialogue, but I'm sure that this is an uncontrollable variable because nobody is going to ask a train to stop for the festival, are they?).
    at 10:00 PM the awards ceremony started, and having never seen one before, I was quite confused when I stood to accept my 2017 best screenplay award - however, that confusion was probably just a mixture of surprise and stage fright. I left my seat, walked to the stage, shook the first festival co-ordinators hand, shook the second festival co-ordinators hand, and grabbed my glass ingraved plack. Suddenly I was faced with a room of forty odd people, and the third festival co-ordinator asked "would you like to tell us a little bit about your screenplay?". Well, I thought, how do you summarise a screenplay? I knew exactly how: I had told my mother thirty minutes before, exactly what my film was about, it's inspirations, and what it means when you read it. But, alas, that's not what came out of my mouth when I tried to speak about the film - I just tried my best to breath. I swallowed and said something about who the screenplay was based on, the sort of inspiration, the setting, and that was it. No slugline, nothing much to inspire. The glass plack was nice, and it was lovely to see my first feature length screenplay title and my name ingraved there.
    All in all, I believe that the team that co-ordinated the London City Film Awards 2017 have done so with precise action, but I only wish that their cash prize available in 2018 was available for the 2017 run... Perhaps I'll submit my next feature?

    November 2017
  • Ray Scanlon

    Great festival. Looking forward to next year!

    October 2017

    The festival was very well organised and the standard of the films chosen was very high. The evening was very enjoyable and the hosts treated us very well. The venue, The Whirled Cinema, was a very interesting and atmospheric environment. The manager and his team were highly enthusiastic and professional.

    October 2017
  • The London City Film awards was one of the most organised film festivals that I've been to and had the pleasure of being a part of. Not only were Maz and his team's hospitality and communication great, but the quality of the selected films that were screened was unmatched.

    I highly recommend this Festival to any filmmaker looking to get their film project into a festival.

    October 2017