In the UK every year we are privileged to festivals dedicated to film. These range from features with big budgets and big stars to Independents with low budgets and no stars but what is missing is the exhibition of non-fiction documentary work, not only in film but also audio, the fastest growing area in field. We aim to fill that need at the Telling Tales International Film and Audio Documentary Festival through dedicating ourselves to the annual theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema and audio documentaries.

Each summer, Telling Tales will welcome Documentary professionals, students and lovers from around the world to Manchester, England, for a three-day, array of films, audio and Northern hospitality. Set within the city centre, this festival aims to nurture community and conversation among documentary students, professionals, and the public.

The festival is a program of the Centre for Historical and Contemporary Documentary Practice and supported through the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

cash awards, prizes and benifits awarded at this years festival distributed amongst these categories:
Grand Jury Prize Film
Grand Jury Prize Audio
Best International Film Award Professional
Best International Audio Award Professional
Best International Film Award Student
Best International Audio Award Student
Best UK Film Award Professional
Best UK Audio Award Professional
Best UK Film Award Student
Best UK Audio Award Student

The regular registration form can be found on and needs to be filled in and signed by the copyright owner of the entered production. For the submission your artwork is required. This is an obligatory application demand.

The lenght of each documentary is 3"00-90"00 (at maximum). All productions produced within the last two years are admissible, calculated from the festival weekend. Productions older than two years cannot take part in the competition.

Only online submissions please with a private/password protected vimeo/YouTube link. If your film is selected for screening we will provide full technical specifications.

If your submission is selected, you will be notified by e-mail no later than May 31st. Accepted filmmakers will be given one free admission pass to the festival. We cannot help with any transportation, food or lodging costs. In case of coming to the festival we need to know by June 9, 2017 at last.

As a condition of entering the Telling Tales Film and Audio Festival hereafter known TTFAF, I/we hereby certify that:

I/we am/are the sole creator(s) of the documentary, which I/we have submitted to the TTFAF.
I/we am/are a student/professional film/audio maker
I/we guarantee as sole and exclusive owner(s) of all legal right and title there to have absolute authority to submit the enclosed material to TTFAF.

I/we understand that the TTFAF will not return and is not obligated to return my film/audio or any other materials I/we have submitted to the TTFAF.
I/we hereby grant the TTAF the nonexclusive right to use my name, photograph, and like-ness in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the TTFAF.

For makers: TTFAF may transfer the submitted material to appropriate formats for screening, if needed, and if the submitted material is selected for screening the submitted material may be used by TTFAF for promotional purposes.

I/we will indemnify and hold harmless TTFAF, its judges, sponsors and partners, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, liabilities and expenses including legal expenses arising out of or in connection with any and all claims, or third party claims based on material submitted to TTFAF.

I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and the TTFAF shall have no obligation with respect thereto. The TTFAF shall have the right to reproduce all or part of said material for use in its publicity and any and all related communication directly associated with TTFAF.

I/we have read all of the festival rules, regulations and releases, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that the festival rules, regulations and releases may change or be updated, and that it is my responsibility to read, understand and comply with any changes or updates.
All productions must be presented by an online (secure) screener (preferably VIMEO or YouTube). For film or (Soundcloud or Audioboo) for audio.

The productions must be furnished with the English language and/or subtitling. The productions must fulfil the minimum of technical performance demands, e.g. sound and picture on a professional bearer and foreseen. All shipping and postage costs, if the film/audio is selected for the Festival, must be borne by the submitting party. TTFAF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. nor absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid by the submitter.

TTFAF endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 31st May 2017 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Festival Pack that will include important information on press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of TTFAF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, TTFAF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. TTFAF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

Overall Rating
  • Peter Roch

    Great! A fantastic festival all round!

    June 2018