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. http://www.tolpuddleradicalfilm.org.uk/small-axe

The festival takes place alongside the Tolpuddle Martyr's festival in the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset, U.K. http://www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/festival 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. http://www.vintagemobilecinema.co.uk/

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 activists and full time film-makers:

Best Factual Film
Best Fiction Film

Films made by Students:

Best Fiction Film
Best Factual Film

And new for this year...Young Film Festival
Filmmakers over 18
Filmmakers under 18

Overall Rating
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  • 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
  • Dear Small Axe @Tolpuddle Radical Film Festival 2018
    Thank you for helping young filmmakers to succeed and see their work.
    I am very happy to have played my film and share it, at this great festival.

    August 2018
    Small axe 200
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Hamze. Feedback is always appreciated, especially when it’s so positive :-)

  • Gopal Shivakoti

    Wow, this festival is one of my best film festival experiences. I feel lucky to have been a part of it.

    July 2018
    Small axe 200
    Response from festival:

    It was an honour Gopal.