The Midlands Movies Awards is an awards ceremony for Midlands (UK) films and filmmakers.

What are we planning?
Midlands Movies will be recognising the movie-making talent in the area in 2023. Our awards will once again bring attention to the many amazing local films completed in the Midlands region of the UK.

What are the rules?
Make a film in the Midlands! Our focus is on films from the area so 75% of your finished and submitted film MUST have been shot/made on location in the Midlands region of the UK. For details please check full terms & conditions below. Films submitted will be considered across all eligible categories.

How much does it cost?
To cover admin costs, it's just £6.00 to enter each of your films. For that price, your film is entered into all of the 16 categories it may be eligible for.

When will the ceremony happen?
The red carpet evening will take place June 10th 2023 at the Y Theatre in Leicester.

Who’s on the 2023 jury panel?

A jury panel of respected and experienced film professionals have the difficult task of choosing nominations and winners and will be headed up by Midlands filmmaker, actor and stunt man Scott Adkins, star of Dr. Strange and the forthcoming John Wick Chapter 4.

It is also comprised of Melissa Donello (Birmingham Film & TV Market), Robert Sharl (Cine-Excess), Camille Burnett (Nexus Cast & Crew Network), John Currie (Beeston Film Festival), Rebekah Taylor (Derby QUAD) & Mike Sales (Midlands Movies).

Previous jury panel members include Shane Meadows (This Is England director), Richard Billingham (Turner prize nominee & director of Ray & Liz), James Luxford (Radio Times film critic), Becky Adams (CEO Screen Northants), Dharmesh Rajput (Head of Birmingham Indian Film Festival), Pin Cushion director Deborah Haywood, Denyce Blackman (Film Birmingham), Alexzandra Jackson (BFI Network/Film Hub Midlands) & Steve Oram (lead actor in Ben Wheatley's Sightseers).

And finally…
We appreciate everyone’s tremendous efforts in their filmmaking endeavours and can't wait to see all the talented films, filmmakers, cast and crew from the region once more in 2023!


1. Best Feature (Sponsored by Chromosphere Media)
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 (Sponsored by Pinboard Media)
11. Editing
12. Music (Score or song)
13. Cinematography
14. Sound (Editing or Mixing)
15. Visual Effects
16. Writing (Original or adapted screenplay)


* Our focus is very much on the Midlands area so PLEASE note that OVER 75% of your finished film should have been SHOT in the Midlands region (see Wikipedia for geographical areas covered) for it to fully be considered as a Midlands film for our awards. Filmmakers should ensure their film fulfils these requirements before submitting. Films that do not meet this standard will be disqualified at any time during the process. (A final decision will be made by Midlands Movies to see if the work fits the criteria).
* Submission cost is just £6.00 per film
* There's no limit to the number of films you can submit
* Deadline for submissions is February 5th 2023.
* 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
* 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 March 1st 2022 to February 5th 2023
* The winners will receive a certificate and trophy
* Any film submitted as part of any previous Midlands Movies Awards are NOT eligible to enter the 2023 awards.
* Final winners are decided by a panel of judges made up from the Midlands film industry (announced soon)
* The judges' decision is final
* Jury Panel Members are 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 via Midlands Movies once nominations have been announced
* Films over 45 minutes in length will not be considered in the BEST SHORT category and films under 45 minutes will not be considered in the BEST FEATURE category.
* Written screenplays and scripts are not eligible for the Midlands Movies Awards.

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

Overall Rating
  • We were really pleased to be nominated in the 'Best Documentary' category, particularly as our film is a little unconventional in approach. We had a lovely evening. The event was well planned. They had an eye for detail. I would recommend Midland Movies Awards to other filmmakers.

    August 2022
    Response from festival:

    Cheers Patricia. That is so very kind of you and we appreciate your hard work and support for our regional awards. MM

  • Absolutely brilliant, friendly quick response and keeps you up to date with everything. Thank you

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words so much Wayne. Glad you had a good time and your support means everything. Cheers again

  • Matt Hickinbottom

    What a fantastic event! Huge thanks to Mike & Ed for your hospitality and care in creating a lovely evening for all. We were so proud to be nominated for two awards and winning the best music award on the evening. Thanks guys!

    June 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Matt. A pleasure to meet you and congratulations on your award. Cheers for coming down

  • Rob Gurney

    An absolutely amazing event to have been a part of. The awards are run with a real passion for the industry and as a first time filmmaker I couldn't have felt more welcomed and supported. The awards also provide an amazing networking opportunity with there being many high profile guests and judges present in person. To gain a nomination was incredible to to have been deemed worth of an award is truly humbling. Literally one of the best nights of my life.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Rob. Really appreciate your kind words. Means a lot to us

    Midlands Movies Mike

  • Paul Moxon

    An absolutely fantastic festival which worked hard to celebrate both regional filmmakers and their films. Importantly both the organisation and communication were excellent, we not only received regular email updates, but also messages and updates via social media.
    The event itself was brilliantly organised, very friendly, welcoming and allowed for a lot of great networking.

    I would absolutely recommend this festival.

    September 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Paul. So very kind and glad you enjoyed our local awards night.