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The Plymouth Rebel Film Festival is taking place at the Plymouth Arts Centre on the 29th and 30th June 2019.

Showcasing a selection of the best short films from local, national, and international filmmaking talent, the Plymouth film festival is a chance to come and watch some amazing short films, and for filmmakers to showcase their work and be rewarded and recognised for it.

The film festival is open to everyone, regardless of your age, experience or genre of your film. Check out the different categories below to see which you'd like to enter. Please contact us if you are unsure as to your films eligibility.



Best Fiction Film
Open to any genre of fiction film including animation, and experimental. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Documentary Film
Open to all documentary films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best South West Film
Highlighting and celebrating the best film-making talent within the local area, you must currently reside in one of the following counties: Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire to be eligible for this award. All genres of film are allowed. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Student Film
Open to anyone currently in education, for any genre of film. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Comedy Film
Open to all comedy films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Best Animation Film
Open to all animation films. If the film is not in English then English subtitles are required.

Grand Prix Award
Awarded by a panel of esteemed judges this prestigious award will be chosen from among the nominated films, meaning all films entered in any category are automatically eligible.

Selected Feature Films
A Priority screening slot is given to any selected features. Additionally, as far as possible, expenses paid for at least 2 of your cast/crew to attend the festival and to do a Q&A after your screening. Please note that we are not a festival that is attended by a high number of distributors, and as such, the features we screen are highlights for our audiences and are very unlikely to result in the sale of your film. Please only enter if you are able to attend.




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Grand Prix Award
All films entered in any category are automatically eligible.

Audience Choice Awards

Best Fiction Film

Best Documentary Film

Best South West Film

Best Student Film

Best Comedy Film

Best Animation

Rebel Film Festival (Us, our, we) hereby sets out the following terms of participation, valid from 01.01.18 until further notice.

The organisation
1. The festival events take place in various locations, and on various dates, please see the website for more details. Our main office is located in Bristol, and you can contact us by email or phone should you require any clarification or assistance.

2. Each festival event is treated as a separate entity in terms of submissions, judging, and programming.

3. The final selection of all films presented at the festival screenings and their placement in the program is the responsibility of the Film Programmer for Rebel Film Festival. The process is overseen by the festival’s Managing Director and Artistic Director. The organisation of the events and programming of all other non-competitive elements is the responsibility of the Artistic Director, Managing Director and the festival team.

4. The festival is open to short films of all production techniques, including animation, documentary, drama, experimental or artist film and hybrid work from low to high budgets. We are also open to feature films released since 2016.

5. The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration including permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films. With this submission, the applicant confirms that they possess all rights necessary for the screening of the submitted film at this film festival.

6. Short films must have a maximum duration of 15 minutes including credits. Features must be between 60 and 150 minutes.

7. Rebel Film Festival does not require any premiere status but recognises that this may come into consideration during the selection process.

Registration and data protection
8. Before you can submit your film you will be asked to register your contact and film details. Please see our Privacy statement below for more details on the uses of this information.

Entry fees and refunds
9. There is a submission fee to enter your films to Rebel Film Festival. These costs are used to cover administration and organisation. We offer reduced rates for student submissions, and for local filmmakers.

10. Rebel Film Festival does not have the facility to apply refunds. Discounts and waivers must be sought before the films have been submitted.

11. For the current cost of submitting a film to the festival, please refer to the submission section on our website, or to any of our partner third party submission platforms.

12. A separate entry form and additional entry fee is required for each film submission. In addition, a separate entry fee is required for each additional event you wish to submit your film to.

Digital submissions
13. Please ensure that the digital video file you’re entering is the highest quality copy of your film, if your film is selected you will be contacted to confirm this.

14. For entry by postage please send a clearly labeled data disc (Entrants name and Film Title) with your film in the above file format to: Rebel Film Festival, 21 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JS

15. Films that are submitted on unreadable discs or files will not be considered for selection, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the preview copy is in full working order. The festival is unable to return any data discs, but will endeavor to return memory sticks and hard drives if a postage paid, self addressed envelope is included.

Selection process
16. A film’s success is dependent not on its budget or length, but on its core vision and the creativity/efficiency with which it communicates that vision. Programs consist of these diverse visions assembled in an order and rhythm so that even in contrast each is mutually complimentary.

17. Successful entrants will be notified of their inclusion in the festival by the notification date which can be found for each event on the submission page.

18. After selection, notification letters will be sent electronically; please provide an email address that is checked regularly and ensure that emails from @rebelfilmfestival.com are permitted.

19. Due to the large amounts of submissions that the festival receives we are unable to give comments on individual films prior to submission or offer feedback for unsuccessful entries.

Festival and online screenings
20. There are no fees for participating in the festival. Participants are not entitled to claim rental or other fees for the screenings of their films at the festival.

21. Selected films may additionally be screened for a limited time on our V.O.D. platform. If you do not wish to have your film screened on our limited V.O.D. platform, then you must notify us prior to the festival date. The exact details of these online screenings can be found in our F.A.Q’s.

22. In addition to the reproduction of stills and clips of selected films (under 1 minute) for all Rebel Film Festival publications, festival trailer, press and TV coverage, they may also be screened as part of preview and educational screenings to promote the event.

Submission agreement
23. Within your submission you will be asked if you have read and agreed with the Terms and Conditions laid out in this document. By agreeing to proceed with your submission you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions and your application can then be processed. Entry of a film is binding and implies acceptance of these regulations.

24. In the event of disagreement concerning the interpretation of the regulations, the interpretation of the festival will take precedence.

25. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions may result in the submission being disqualified.

26. A film that has been selected to screen may subsequently be removed from the schedule prior to the event for the following reasons:
i. Any unresolved dispute as to the films ownership causing potential problems.
ii. Falsification of information on entry form.
iii. Any reasonable grounds for concern over the films screening as determined by the festival organisers.

Overall Rating
  • Niall Shukla

    Rebel Film Festival has been a really well-organised festival that has a real desire to connect with filmmakers and make all the creators feel like one big community. You can really tell how much love Ben, Will and the team put into this event! It is only going to get bigger and bigger each year. This is a festival definitely worth the submission fee!!! I would thoroughly recommend this festival!

    July 2019
  • Simeon Costello

    We were so pleased to have Cut From Cloth selected for Rebel Film Festival Plymouth. I have attended the film festival for several years and always been impressed by the professionalism of the festival. William and Ben the programmers have been great. They sent clear emails to organise the delivery of our film for the screening, offered us 2 festival passes that allowed us to attend all screenings. There’s amazing hospitality and catering on offer too with lots of opportunity for networking and meeting new people and filmmakers. I’d highly recommend everyone submit and attend Rebel Film Festival.

    July 2019
  • Gábor Benő Baranyi

    It is a very great festival.:)

    June 2018
  • Charlie Coldfield

    Fantastic two days in Plymouth with a great selection of films and events and lovely food!

    June 2018
  • Paul Holbrook

    Had bags of fun at the festival, met some amazing people and the quality of films on show were top notch. Will 100% be back (if they'll have us)...

    June 2018