The Jane Austen International Film Festival is a competitive independent festival held annually in Jane Austen’s splendid Georgian city of Bath, England. We celebrate global independent filmmaking with ambitious programming, creating enriching screening experiences. During the festival we encourage networking and aim to give everyone an entertaining and enjoyable festival experience.

The Jane Austen International Film Festival is named after the famous English novelist Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) who resided for many years in the city of Bath and is known primarily for the major novels; Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

What sets us apart from most other film festivals is our dedication to view every film submitted from start to finish. We believe it is imperative to view films in their entirety in order to make a fair and careful selection during the nomination process.

The festival is for independent filmmakers who produce works in the following genres: animation, art-house, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental, Feature Films, Filmed Theatre, horror and music video. (Music videos should have an artistic or experimental flair)

All screenings will take place in the historical, grade II listed, Little Theatre Cinema, located in the centre of the Georgian city of Bath

Our aim is to provide not only a memorable cinematic experience for audiences but also an enriching festival event for independent filmmakers. We are looking for the most exciting and innovative storytelling in these different genres, films that challenge and inspire audiences. Our festival is more than just a screening space, it is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and help bridge the gap between audiences and film creators.

Our focus on short-form filmmaking stems from an appreciation of the unique position short-form storytelling occupies within the cinematic universe. These films are generally harder to access and have difficulties reaching larger audiences. However, their position outside of mainstream cinema and their abbreviated length allow the filmmakers more experimentation and artistic freedom.

The JAIFF selection committee is made up of international industry professionals and the festival founders. The festival judges are high standing industry professionals.

Notifications for all nominated films will be announced via email, FilmFreeway, website and our social media on August 12th August 2022.

Those nominated and in the official selection will be requested to provide a physical DCP, to be received by us no later than 26/08/2022. If we do not receive your film we can not screen it. Further information about the event will be made available at this time.

Award winners will be selected and announced at our festival gala award evening and online at social media outlets at a later time.

The awards will ONLY be given on the Gala Award Evening, each film should have its representative; producer, director, etc., present to receive an award. **we will review this rule nearer to the festival with regards to the Covid-19 situation**

The Jane Austen International Film Festival is held during the world famous Jane Austen Festival; 15th, 16th & 17th September, 2022.
Festival passes will be available to purchase from September 1st.
**the festival may be shortened due to Covid-19 as happened in 2021**
You may wish to arrive in Bath some days before the Film Festival in order to enjoy some of the activities on offer.

We encourage all attendees to dress in Regency costume, particularly for the Gala Award evening. Costumes can be hired in advance and collected at the festival. If Regency costume isn't for you then please dress in elegant evening attire.

Awards will include certificates or trophies in the following categories:

Animation

Best Animation
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Voice Actor (when applicable)
Best Director
Best Story

Art-house

Best Art-house film
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor (when applicable)
Best Director
Best Story

Comedy

Best Comedy film
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor (when applicable)
Best Director
Best Story

Documentary

Best Documentary
The Frederick Wiseman Award
Best Director
Best Original Concept
Best Soundtrack

Drama

Best Drama
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Story

Experimental

Best Experimental Film
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor (when applicable)
Best Visualization
Best Director

Feature Films

Best Feature Film
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Story

Filmed Theatre

Best Filmed Theatre film
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor (when applicable)
Best Director
Best Story

Horror

The William Beckford Award
Best Horror
Best Soundtrack
Best Original Concept
Best Actor
Best Director
Best Story

Music Videos

Best music video
Best artistic music video
Best Original Concept
Best Visualization
Best Director

All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway.

Multiple films may be submitted but must be submitted separately.

Submission close 3rd August 2021.

We do not accept peviously submitted films.

Nominees must confirm their participation via email to: jaiff@parazoom.com
by 3rd September 2022.

All films must be submitted in English or with English subtitles, where appropriate.

Films must have been produced during or after 2015, not earlier.

Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out any and all copyright issues.

By accepting a nomination, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience in the historical city of Bath, England.

The maximum running time for Art-House, Animation, Experimental, Historical/Costume Drama and Gothic Horror films is 15 minutes.
There is a 5 minute time limit for music videos and up to 90 minute time limit for Documentaries, Feature Films and Filmed Theatre.

Nominated Films will be notified via email.
Award Winners will be chosen from the nominated entries.

If your film is selected, you will be required to provide promotional materials and one official film poster to bring along to the festival, and a digital copy, for online promotion. We may promote your film on social media, based on the press kits you provide us with.

We require a suitable representative to attend the festival for all successful entries. For example; the filmmaker, director or producer must attend the festival & screenings and if required, be willing to participate in a five minute Q & A session after the screening of their film. And also to participate in press & photo calls if necessary. We do not screen or officially announce winners without the attendance of one or more of the official film representatives at the festival. **we will review this rule nearer to the festival with regards to the Covid-19 situation**

The organizers and associated organizers reserve the right to alter, change, amend and/or cancel any part of the festival program. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes through our online platforms.

We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has previously been made available online.

Selected films, DCP, must be delivered to the festival by 26/08/2022, further details will be made available to those nominated. Postage is the responsibility of the filmmaker. Films should be collected after the Gala award Evening or the following day, details will be given at the festival.

Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmaker. If, at the time of judging, your video file doesn’t work or doesn’t have English subtitles (if in a language other than English), it will be automatically rejected, without a refund.

Please contact the festival team ASAP if there are any issues with the submission process, and we will try to find a solution.

We cannot offer refunds once your film has been submitted.

Logline and synopsis should be included with all films and documentaries. Promotional materials will not be returned. However, it is your choice if you wish to collect your poster and any other items of yours at the closing of the festival.

Film entries may be submitted by any member of the filmmaking team who has the authority to do so.

Film Producers are responsible for insurance and shipment costs of their film.

Filmmakers attending the festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses.

All entrants certify that they have been given full rights to use any and all music in their films.

All film material will be handled with utmost care. However, neither the JAIFF staff nor supporting staff can assume responsibility for damage or loss of film DCP or other materials, en route or otherwise, during the course of the festival’s possession.

All stated information, eligibility, awards and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry, and entry information is subject to change by The Jane Austen Independent Film Festival, without notice.

Selected films must acknowledge that The JAIFF reserves the right to promote the films on The JAIFFF website and social media using both images and video that you provide.

By submitting to us, you agree to our rules and regulations. We will never sell your information to third parties.

All student films must provide their university and course details.
Thank you and good luck.

*Please note: It is not always possible, for various reasons, to screen all 'official selection' films at the festival. This does not in any way affect the judging process.

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  • Ralph Lewis

    We're so honored to have our short film, Language Games, win 2021 Best Filmed Theater, and congrats to all the other winning films. Great days ahead and continued success to JAIFF!

    November 2021
  • Double Yellow Productions

    We were delighted to be a part of the festival and were so sad to not be able to attend. Great communication and set up. Thank you for having us.

    October 2021
  • athena mandis

    Unable to attend in person, but we managed to find someone who could on our behalf, as this was a requirement for the festival. Not sure about charging filmmakers £48 to attend their screening. Not come across this before. We complained and had this waivered. I would suggest the producers of this rethink their business model. If they think there is no audience for short films other than the makers of short films then they are in the wrong business. The high stars are because our representative had a lovely time. We were please stop win an award.

    October 2021
  • Stephen Mills

    I love Jane Austen's dynamic decision to go "live" with their event. What a celebrative and artistic context. Giving weight to the written word as well as the word made visual. This festival has the drive and the goods--an incredibly high end Jury that insures your project will get the attention it deserves. They really deliver for filmmakers. I would have loved to have been in that great venue that honors art and helps it grow. Stephen Keep Mills, writer/director Love is not Love

    October 2021
  • Angela Bell

    wonderful experience, so wish that we could’ve attended in person! Thank you so much for selecting our film 400 Days Later, we were so honoured to win Best Actress in the Drama Short category. A highlight of our film’s journey! Hope to see you at JAIFF 2022! :)

    October 2021