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.

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.

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.

Films will be judged during the festival, as they are screened, by film industry professionals.

Notifications for all selected films will be announced via email, FilmFreeway, website and our social media on July 26th 2021.

The winners will be announced at the event and then later on our website and other social media outlets.

Those nominated will be requested to provide one of the following screening materials DCP or Blu-ray, to be received by us no later than 31/08/2021. 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 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.

The Jane Austen International Film Festival is held during the world famous Jane Austen Festival; 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th September, 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.

Tuesday 21st September is the official start of the Film Festival. It begins with refreshments and there will be a press/photo opportunity before the film screenings. A cocktail networking event will be held in the evening.
Screenings on Wednesday 22nd will be followed by afternoon tea and a Jane Austen tour of the city.

Thursday 23rd is an ideal opportunity to meet up for coffee and pastries followed by the final screenings.

Friday 24th is The Gala Award evening will take place at 7pm sharp followed by drinks and a buffet with live entertainment.

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 1st July 2021.

We do not accept peviously submitted films.

Nominees must confirm their participation via email to: jaiff@parazoom.com
by 9th August 2021.

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

Films must have been produced during or after 2016, 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 to 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.

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 must be delivered to the festival by 31st August 2021, 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.

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.

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  • Truly a wonderful festival. I only wish I could've been there in person. My film won best student drama and I couldn't believe it. They were responsible and the communication was on point.

    September 2020
  • Angelena Bonet

    What an absolute pleasure to have my documentary "Change The World" screen at The Jane Austen International Film Festival 2020 and win the Humanitarian Award! I wish I could have been there in person but due to international flight restrictions I was there in spirit. Such a well organised festival and a very caring team. I look forward to submitting more of my films next year. Thank you team!

    September 2020
  • I was not able to go in person due to COVID-19, but it was a wonderful experience. I hope to attend in the future and meet everyone.

    September 2020
  • This festival was well designed regarding the covid-restrictions - the organisers were enthusiastic and helpful. thank you for hosting such an inclusive event, and thank you for screening 'Water Running' and presenting it with an award.

    September 2020
  • A D Cooper

    Congrats to this festival on their first year. Friendly, fun, and an eclectic mix of films. Elegant programmes and presentation. The dressing up element made it all the more engaging, and it's a great cinema venue. Thank you for including my film and for giving it an honourable mention.

    September 2020