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
  • Shannon Meilak

    Thank you so much for selecting my film 'Beyond the Pointy Hat' as a Semi-Finalist. I wish you every success with your festival in the future.

    September 2019

    Thanks to this festival my documentary made it to UK and we'll informed audience. Very efficient communication. The concept and motivation behind the festival is inspirational.

    September 2019
  • John Osborne

    Thanks for including my video in the line-up. Thematically it looked like a great fit with the great message of your festival.

    July 2019
  • Daryl Brown

    Great festival, was an honor to receive an ward and to be around other comrades who are fighting for freedom.

    July 2019
  • A brilliant and valuable showcase for radical films.

    July 2019