The Midlands Movies Awards is an awards ceremony for Midlands films and filmmakers. This annual event is planned to take place at Hansom Hall in Leicester on Saturday 14th March 2020.


We're looking to consider a whole range of Midlands-centric films, so if your work fulfils the terms and conditions listed below then please submit your local film using the forms on this page. Work can be submitted in as many of the 16 categories as you like but please consider which ones best fit your film where possible. In certain circumstances Midlands Movies may also require you to confirm your regional (Midlands) connection for the film you are submitting.

The final nominations will be announced in February 2020 and winners announced at the ceremony in early March 2020.


To tie in with the Academy Awards just a month before we hope these Midlands 'Oscars' will be a platform to honour the local films released in the past year – whether they be shorts, features, animation, documentaries and more.

The Midlands Movies Awards is brought to you by a group of film fans pooling the expertise of our volunteers whilst celebrating the creativity of artists and actors, and our collective passion for the movie community in the region.


1. Best Feature (Sponsored by Fishbulb Films)
2. Best Short
3. Actor in a Leading Role
4. Actress in a Leading Role
5. Actor in a Supporting Role
6. Actress in a Supporting Role
7. Animated Film
8. Costume & Makeup & Hairstyling
9. Directing
10. Documentary
11. Editing
12. Music (Score or song)
13. Cinematography
14. Sound (Editing or Mixing)
15. Visual Effects
16. Writing (Original or adapted screenplay)

Selected short film winners will also be given the opportunity to show their film at a Midlands Movies Showcase at the Beeston Film Festival 2020 in Nottinghamshire.


* Your submissions are FREE
* There's no limit to the number of categories a film can be submitted in
* Deadline for submissions is SUNDAY 22nd DECEMBER 2019.
* By submitting you formally agree for Midlands Movies to use clips of your film edited into the awards ceremony production (nomination reels AND pre & post awards promotional videos etc.) as required
* Films must have a significant connection to the Midlands region in writing, acting, directing or location. (A final decision will be made by Midlands Movies to see if the work fits the criteria).
* There's no limitations on your film being shown in other festivals - however, we are identifying films based upon the fact that a full version must have been shown to the public for the FIRST TIME (at a red carpet event, festival, general release or online in any form) between December 2018 to Dec 2019.
* The winners will receive a certificate and trophy
* Any film submitted as part of the previous Midlands Movies Awards are NOT eligible to enter the 2020 awards.
* Final winners are decided by a panel of judges made up from the Midlands film industry (announced soon)
* The judges decision is final
* Judges will be ineligible to vote for any film they may have any production involvement in
* Filmmakers, cast and crew who are subsequently nominated are NOT entitled to free entry into the awards ceremony. Anyone interested in attending the event itself must purchase tickets in advance during the Kickstarter campaign or via Midlands Movies once nominations have been announced
* Films over 45 minutes in length cannot be submitted into the BEST SHORT category and films under 45 minutes cannot be submitted into the BEST FEATURE category.
* Winning short films will be offered the chance to have their film shown at the Beeston Film Festival as part of a Midlands Movies Awards winners showcase

For any queries about these terms or general questions about the awards please email

Overall Rating
  • Nick Hamer

    A brilliant regional awards event: great communication, hospitality, and networking.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nick. Your support is really appreciated. Cheers

  • Joseph Archer

    Great organisation and festival! Highly recommend submitting if you are a filmmaker from the Midlands!

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Huge thanks Joseph. Really grateful for your kind words and thanks for supporting Midlands Movies and our annual awards too. Cheers

  • Mike has created something really special that brings together the best filmmakers from the area and he rightly should be proud of the community he has created via the website and awards.
    The evening itself is brilliant with real care and attention spent to make peoples night special.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Rich. Really appreciate the support and cheers again for your kind words and support for the Midlands Movies Awards


  • Lawrence Fowler

    All I can say is thank you. An incredible night for all of us involved with 'The Jack in the Box'. Thrilled to win Best feature and Editor awards.

    Mike and the team really went the extra mile to ensure the night was fun. The photoshoot, wine on entry and simple touches like an array of glitzy items on the tables all really added to the experience.

    I would 100% recommend the Midlands Movies Awards to filmmakers.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lawrence! Glad you enjoyed yourself and really appreciate your support. x

  • Kelly McCormack

    Awesome event and evening! Well done.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you. Means a lot to have your support. x