London's first monthly subtitled pop-up cinema. #CaptionsMatter
PLEASE READ RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING
All films submitted to us must have English captions. If your film does not meet our guidelines, it will be disqualified (please check the "Rules & Terms" section for more information).
One in six of us across the UK have some form of hearing loss. Many deaf and hard-of-hearing people rely on captions, so going to a film screening can be a difficult and isolating experience for them when access isn't available. That's why we've set up The Film Bunch.
At The Film Bunch, we showcase short films from upcoming filmmakers from around the world. Our mission is to improve access for deaf and hard-of-hearing people to mainstream short films, so we provide subtitles and British Sign Language interpreters at our events.
Every month, we hold a short film screening and networking event in East London to bring film fans together. It’s a chance for people to indulge themselves in great films, in great company. We mix it up with Q&As, quizzes and themed events. Films span a variety of genres and must be under 20 minutes.
Filmmakers can benefit from adding subtitles to their films - it can increase their audience, including deaf/hard-of-hearing viewers and non-native English speakers.
Our events create an open and supportive space for everyone to connect and collaborate.
For more information, please contact us.
For our subtitle guide, visit: thefilmbunch.com
What kind of films can I submit?
Your film can be of any genre. Films should be under 20 minutes and must have English captions.
How do I submit my entry?
Submit your film via FilmFreeway. If your film is selected, we will contact you to ask for the video file through a downloadable link (e.g. WeTransfer, Dropbox, Vimeo, Google Drive). If it’s not possible for you to send us the video file this way, please contact us.
Should I provide SRT files or burned-in captions?
We prefer SRT files as this will allow us to make sure the captions are up to our standards. You may submit a burned-in version but if your film is selected, you will also need to send us a version without captions.
My film doesn’t have captions. Can I submit it and then add captions after if selected?
No. Some of our judges are deaf/hard-of-hearing and will need all submissions to have captions.
My film has no dialogue. Can I submit it without captions?
Yes, but sounds that are not visible to the eye will still need to be captioned.
My film is not in English, can I submit it?
Yes, just make sure English subtitles are available.
How many times can I submit my film?
You only need to submit once - we keep a record of all the films sent to us.
Can I submit a film that is already online or has been previously screened elsewhere?
Can I enter more than one film?
You may enter as many films as you like.
- Filmmakers must own or control copyright for all their work.