The Southampton International Film Festival is a unique event where all filmmakers and film lovers can be treated like Hollywood Royalty. When it comes to Independent Films, We have had many successful years in the industry.

We have been a part of independent film distribution, independent movie making and the management of other International Film Festivals, we started in 2009, we currently have over 40 films in the market and have helped run five other film festivals.

Every year many of our participants and visitors tell us that highlight of the event is the socialising VIP dinner held on the first day of the festival, the VIP evening events held every evening and of course our Awards night.

We are able to provide our guests with a taste of what even the biggest movie makers experienced as they tried to introduce their films into the world. Telling their story has been a vital part of the success of our festivals.

We can't wait to see you at our festival and look forward to chatting to you about your film and future projects. If your just here to enjoy the festival we hope to sit down and debate the many aspects of the films and see your choice for film of the festival.

We typically have 35-40 awards across all categories, including Best Film of the Festival, Best Feature, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Short Documentary, Best Comedy, Best Student Film, Best Horror/Thriller Film, Best Director, Cinematography, Original Score, Screenplay, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound Design, Costume Design, Production Design, Hair & Make-Up and more! Awards will vary year to year.

Films submitted in the incorrect category will be automatically disqualified, & any fees paid will not be reimbursed.
At our discretion, we may choose to transfer a film to the correct category, but only if the appropriate level of submission fee has been paid. Any excess fees paid will not be reimbursed.

A) Guidelines

Films that have been aired on UK television prior to the Festival, are available for purchase on DVD or on VOD in Europe, or are available for continuous online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible. The only exception to this rule is Music Videos, which are eligible even if released online.
Films previously submitted to the Southampton International Film Festival are NOT eligible.
Films must be submitted for exhibition on DVD or Blu-Ray. Do not send film prints, master tapes, or other originals. We can only screen films from a DVD or Blu-Ray. Select films can also be screened from DCP files. Please note that exhibition copies of films will not be returned after the festival.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry. This includes rights for screening of music videos without paying additional licensing costs.
Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.
All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible. Exhibition copies of selected films must have English language or subtitles as the default play option.
Works in Progress: While entrants are permitted to submit films that are not fully complete (i.e., without final color correction and sound mixing), please note that the programming committee will only consider the version submitted; subsequent cuts or replacement copies will only be accepted at the request of the programming committee.
Only complete entries (including entry form, payment, and preview screener) will be processed.
All films must not be available to the public online, on VOD, in cinemas or cable/television before or 3 months after the festival unless in connection with other film festivals.
The Southampton International Film Festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the submission form or is incorrect or illegible.
Students must include proof of student status at the time of production (i.e., copy of student ID, transcript, etc.).
Whilst every effort will be made to run the festival as advertised, the festival reserves the right to make alterations including but not limited to the dates & the manner of the screenings. Should circumstances beyond our control prevent the festival from being held physically we will endeavor to run a digital online edition in its place or postpone the dates, & only cancel as a last resort.

B) Deadlines

In order to be eligible for discounted rates, postal submissions should be postmarked before the dates given.

C) Shipping

The cost of shipping an entry to the Festival must be paid by the entrant. Collect or COD shipments will not be accepted.

All international entries must be sent to the Festival office with all transportation charges, duties, and taxes prepaid by the shipper. Fees charged to the Southampton International Film Festival will be refused. Be sure to include the proper customs documentation required by your shipping service. All shipments should be marked as no commercial value.

D) Judging & Selection

All entries are selected for Festival presentation by the Southampton International Film Festival Programming Committee. If a film is selected for screening, the Festival office will contact the entrant by phone or email.

All competitive film categories, including the Southampton Award and Short Film Competition are judged before the Festival.

All entrants will be notified on or before September 13, 2020.

For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high resolution stills from the film and at least one high resolution photograph of the film's director. The Festival also requests publicity materials and a video trailer (if available). Publicity and press materials will not be returned.

E) Entry Fees

Each entry must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. Entry fees are not refundable. Fees cover registration, notification that your entry has been received, and notification of results. These fees may be paid by check or money order, made payable to Capture Events ltd, or Paypal or through FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • Great Festival! I was excited to hear that my short animated film 'Fire and Water' has won two awards here!

    March 2021
  • Spencer Anderson

    Great festival. Had a blast screening my short film ‘Fallen’ here.

    November 2020
  • Poppy Stils

    BAD EXPERIENCE. We have had to withdraw from the festival because they failed to hold the online festival on Oct15th and after one update blaming covid we didn't hear back for weeks. I emailed them and send a message on Facebook without reply and then finally I emailed requesting a refund or I will have to leave a bad review and if they paid the refund I wouldn't leave a bad review, in fact I will leave a good one because it was settled amicably. The festival director then phoned me demanding an apology from me for my email. To which I demanded an apology back. He threatened to black list me from all festivals and told me to go and screw myself I'm not getting a refund. I have email evidence to prove this. I'm sure they'll normally good and this is a stressful time but it's unacceptable to firstly be so delayed (in the new year was their prediction for the festival) and then be berated on the phone when I'm the paying filmmaker. Petty.

    October 2020
  • Pencho Kunchev

    It is great honour for me that my animated film "Roses in the Night" has been nominated in the categories "Best Music for an Animated Film" and "Achievement in Art". Thank you very much dear friends!!!

    October 2020
  • Charles A. Christman III

    It was a privilege and honor to be accepted to this film festival. I can’t wait for it to open back up. Good luck!

    October 2020