London's first monthly subtitled pop-up cinema. #CaptionsMatter

When submitting your film, you will need to provide captions or a transcript / script. If you’d like to add captions to your films but aren’t sure what you need to include, you can check out our captions guide. If your film does not meet our guidelines, it will be disqualified (please check the "Rules & Terms" section for more information).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are putting our physical events on hold and running virtual events instead.


Why #CaptionsMatter

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 captions guide, visit:

What kind of films can I submit?
Your film can be of any genre. Films should be under 20 minutes and must be provided with English captions or an accurate transcript / script.

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 still submit it?
Yes, but you must also send an accurate transcript or script. Some of our judges are deaf or hard-of-hearing, so we cannot accept films without captions or scripts.

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 / scripted.

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.

Is The Film Bunch open internationally?
Yes, our events are based in London, UK but we welcome entries from all over the world.

- Filmmakers must own or control copyright for all their work.

Overall Rating
  • Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team  

    January 2021
  • Just A Girl 17x

    Loved, loved, loved being a part of the Film bunch online festival. Great communication, a team of lovely people and an event that is accessible to all. Hopefully will get to meet them all in person once this over x

    May 2020
  • Eiraj Afkar

    I am grateful to the festival for festival

    January 2017
  • I attended the event but my film was not selected on the screen. I enjoyed to watching the films with English subtitles and met new faces. Also it provided BSL signer for the event.

    September 2016
  • laurent rouy

    We could'nt attend, unfortunately, but the contact was great and the festival team helpfull, giving prompt answers to questions. Film was nicely advertized in festival FB and website. I would definitely recommand. Maybe a suggestion?: Decide which film is "the best" and give an award! No need for a statuette. An e mail is already great!! (currently the Film Bunch is non competitive). THANK YOU!!!

    September 2016