Returning for the eighth edition, The INDIs (Independent Directions) Film Festival celebrates and nurtures young filmmaking talent through screenings, virtual reality, workshops, industry and networking events. With a particular focus on networking with other passionate young people who are interested in film as a career and art-form. The INDIs Awards champions and celebrates the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers up to the age of 25, and is a core of the wider festival.

Films can be any genre, and be on any topic. We do accept films which look at or tackle challenging subject matters.

The INDIs is presented by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, which also presents Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.

ALL ELIGIBLE FILMS WILL RECEIVE A NOMINEE LAUREL, shortlisted filmmakers will receive official selection laurels and the winner in each category will receive a winner's laurel, a trophy and will go forward to compete for the overall INDIs prize.

Cash prizes total £750, between the three age groups. Awards for the 'Best Film' in each age category is awarded £250. The 15-18 age group and the 19-21 age group are sponsored by Leeds City College, and the 22-25 age category is sponsored by The IAC.


- Films MUST be independently made.

Made without major funding or production company support. You are not working to someone else’s agenda or subject for the film e.g. school, community group, production company. The film isn’t made as part of an educational organisation, such as BFI’s Film Academy or Channel 4’s Random Acts etc. (We do accept films by film students. However, we are not looking for films made by community groups, schools or with big organisations.)

- Films can be any genre and format

- Films must have a maximum runtime of 15 minutes, including credits.

- Films must have been produced by young filmmakers aged 15 - 25 at the time of production.

By this we mean that the majority of the people involved in the production of the film must be aged 15-25. The script or story must have been written or devised by young people aged 15-25 and young people must have been involved in using the camera and sound equipment and been involved in the editing process. The INDIs Award will be split into three categories, ages 15-18, 19-21 and ages 22-25. If your crew covers multiple age groups, please enter into the category that fits the majority of key decision-makers (Directors, Producers, Screenwriters)

- Filmmakers MUST be based in the UK.

- Films must have been made after January 2018.

- Non-English language films must have English Subtitles.

- All films must be submitted to the festival by Friday 20 September 2019.

- Films that do not meet these entry criteria will be automatically disqualified without being considered for the festival.


* I agree that The INDIs can use the images from the film in Festival publications, press and media releases about the Festival and on the Festival website.

* The festival will not return physical copies that are sent for consideration.

* I agree that The INDIs can keep the disc / file for its archive film libraries for viewing by other film festivals and organisations and for educational purposes.

* I confirm that permission has been granted and there are no outstanding copyright or licensing issues with any of the material or soundtrack in this film.

* I agree that, if shortlisted, I and/ or members of the film production team will attend the event at the festival (dates over Friday 11 October - Sunday 13 October) if available.

Overall Rating
  • Was so honoured to have had my film selected in the 16-19 age category. Unfortunately wasn't able to attend this year, but would definitely like to in the future. My experience with the INDIs is that they really show that they care about highlighting the achievements of young filmmakers, and the wide and diverse variety of creativity from them.

    August 2018
  • Ellie Larkin

    The INDI's gives young film-makers a great opportunity to showcase their work and talk to real industry experts. Everyone there was really friendly and helpful, 10/10

    August 2018
  • Jess O'Brien

    Sadly due to holidays we weren't able to attend the festival but the communication and dedication to young filmmakers was first class. We're honoured and delighted to have won our category and advise any young filmmaker to submit their work as the festival is awesome! Thank you INDIs!!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hey Jess -
    Thank you so much for this great review, and congratulations on your Award. Hopefully we can welcome you again next year to the INDIs :)

    - INDIs Film Festival

  • I had a brilliant time at the INDIs! The communications and overall quality of the event were outstanding; it was evident that the organisers cared a great deal about the festival and that care went into a fantastic programme of panels, workshops and screenings that I enjoyed immensely. With a focus on diversity, young talent and emerging new technologies in filmmaking, the entire weekend had a progressive, forward-facing theme which elevated it above many others I have attended. I want to say a massive thanks to everyone involved, and I can only hope that the festival grows and grows in years to come!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Hey Ryan,
    Thanks so much for this lovely review! We're so glad you had a great time with us at the INDIs Weekend! We're really proud to be a festival focusing on progression, diversity and celebrating young artists' and creatives' talent!

    We're super excited to see what you submit next year to the INDIs Awards, and hope to see you again soon :)

    - INDIs Film Festival

  • Isaac Bell

    It was a very nice festival with such a wide range of young talented filmmakers. The networking after the event didn't really happen though which is a shame because I would have loved the opportunity to speak to the others who were screened and the guests.

    July 2017
    Response from festival:

    Hi Isaac,
    Thank you for the review, it was lovely seeing you there! Looking forward to seeing what you enter next year!

    - INDIs Film Festival