Small Axe is a film competition for films with something to say.

• No film can be too political
• We accept everything - from direct polemic, to experimental film, from original fiction to observational documentary.
• We want opinion, analysis, personal stories, ideology, vision and fresh perspectives.
• Challenge, explore, celebrate, discuss…

In short, any film that you feel is radical is welcome. As long as it is short (under 30 minutes).

The Small Axe awards are given at the Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival.

The festival takes place alongside the Tolpuddle Martyr's festival in the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset, U.K. This commemorates the foundation of the union movement, and is a major national event for left-wing groups in the U.K. Films are screened to a select audience in the only remaining 1960's ministry of technology Mobile Cinema truck.

The festival runs over three days (from Friday to Sunday) showing a selection of feature films and competition shorts. On Sunday morning there is a full programme of shorts, followed by the announcement of the Small Axe awards and another screening of the winning films.

There is a charge to attend the full weekend, but there is free entry on the Sunday.

Our Patrons and supporters include Paul Watson and Ken Loach. In previous years the Smallaxe Jury has included Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy and Fran Higson. Award winners are invited to participate in the Jury for future years.

Films made by established activists and film-makers:

Best Factual Film
Best Fiction Film

Films made by Students and first time filmmakers:

Best Fiction Film
Best Factual Film

Best film by a filmmaker under 18 years old

Overall Rating
  • Annie Hopkins

    Great festival, so happy Noah's Wish was a finalist. Amazing communication. Definitely be entering again in the future

    August 2018
  • Good festival. Glad to have my film "Abang" screened in the Small Axe competition!

    August 2018
  • Contact with the festival staff was very friendly, helpful and with quick replies. Good organisation and fast informations about the winners on the website. Unfortunately we weren't able to attend, but we can highly recommend submitting to this festival!

    August 2018
  • Lion Cut

    Thanks for sharing our music video! Wish we could have been there.

    August 2018
  • Aimiende Negbenebor Sela

    So thrilled to have Utopia be an official selection!!
    Though I, unfortunately, couldn't attend the event in Dorchester, I felt so honored that Utopia was screened. This season's theme especially resonated with me. Thanks, Reuben for being amazing!
    Great and timely communication :)

    August 2018