The Palace International Film Festival (PIFF), in partnership with The Palace Collective will be having its fourth edition in Bristol, United Kingdom.

Piloted in a Polish Palace as part of The Palace residency, this queer film festival bridges the gap between Bristol, Berlin and Wroclaw by connecting queer, film, live performance art and digital immersive technologies.

Our Bristol edition aims to give platform to the LGBTQ voice and to explore progressive queer attitudes, from sexpositivity to voices from the fringes, whilst celebrating the extension of the term queer. We connect queer work with the non linear and non-conventional in our Palace laboratory, creating conversations and elevating experimentation for the residents and public to interact with.

The Palace International Film Festival is expanding to include immersive digital storytelling and we are looking for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality to showcase to the Bristol public.


* Provide a unique community and intimate space for the filmmaker to make creative connections and showcase their work​

* Celebrate and discover emerging international talent​

* Platform queer voices and ideas

* Nurture a creative community that will forge future collaboration for non commercial filmmakers

* Bridge a cultural gap between the cities of Bristol, Berlin and Wroclaw

* Appreciate film with a unique and intimate exhibition space

* Explore new immersive technologies and storytelling

* Connect with The Palace Artist Residency community, sharing our skills, knowledge and resources for future collaborations

• The Palace International Film Festival is seeking feature length (over 30 minutes) and short films (under 30 minutes)
• We don't accept 35mm
• We accept secure online screeners. DVDs may be considered on special request.
• More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form and entry fee.
• If your film is selected, you will be asked to provide headshot and filmographies of the creative team members; b&w and/or colour stills from the film; press materials; and video trailer (if available).
• The filmmaker agrees to deliver the hi-res Quicktime File or online screener to the festival no later than September 11th.
• DVDs and other submitted materials will not be returned. Please do not send film prints, master tapes or other originals.
• Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry or the legal and duly authorised representative of the creator/rights holder; that the entry is original and owned by entrant; that the entry is free of any claims by other parties; and that the entry was not created without authorisation at one’s job, using your employer's equipment or on the employer's time, unless being submitted with employer permission. If an entry is disqualified an alternate winner will be selected by the judges based on the judging criteria.

Overall Rating
  • Tommy Naess

    Great to be selected to this festival. I could not attend myself but all communication and feedback was great. Thanks for screening my film.

    August 2018
  • Ronen Eldar

    The palace was absolutely magical and a one of a kind experience. It was more than just a film festival as it runs alongside the Palace arts residency. I got to meet so many wonderful people from different artistic background. The team was great, I felt very welcomed and had an amazing time. I will definitely attend next year!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Ronen you are welcome any time - you're positivity and proactive take on engaging with our workshops did not go unnoticed. You brought a great energy to The Palace and we look forward to your artist residency application for next year!


    I was glad that my film was selected in such a great festival. Unfortunately, I couldn't be there for the screening, but I hope I will be able to come next year !

    August 2017