The UK Asian Film Festival offers an eclectic mix of films, stimulating interviews, outstanding masterclasses, workshops, live performances, visual arts exhibitions and an annual short film competition. We aim to celebrate, award and reward great films, filmmakers and artists with a cultural connection to South Asia.

The festival provides a unique platform for South Asians working in film and media around the world. Our screenings and events include feature films, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and educational and community screenings.

Founding directors Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry and Mrs Harvinder Nath conceived the festival in 1999. Both Pushpinder and Harvinder recognised the impact films can have on society, particularly those which tackle complex, challenging issues.
Over the years, the UK Asian Film Festival has brought the work of acclaimed talents in cinema including award-winning filmmakers. Some of our special guests include Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay, Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake), Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice, Viceroy’s House), Aparna Sen (15 Park Avenue) and Meera Syal (Anita and Me), actors Shabana Azmi, Nandita Das, Madhur Jaffrey, Kiron Kher, Mahira Khan and Bollywood legends Helen, Ramesh Sippy and Zeenat Aman.

In 2020 the UK Asian Film Festival will be seeking film submissions from filmmakers of short films, feature films and documentaries, on the theme Uprooted.

Uprooted as defined by Oxford English Dictionary can be one of the following:

Move from their home or a familiar location
Example migration.

Or

‘Remove or destroy completely; eradicate.’
Example a new social order or identity.

You can interpret it as you wish.

So if you have a story to tell, we want to see it!

Submission Categories

Feature Films & Documentaries

Tongues on Fire is now accepting Feature Film and Documentary film submissions for 2020. The films will be watched by our curators and selected to be a part of our March and April 2020 programme.

The films will be judged based on their narrative, structure, cinematography and post-production techniques.

Open to all but must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Criteria

The producers of the film i.e actors/director must be South Asian or have a South Asian connection. (South Asia -India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal).

Submissions must adhere to the theme Uprooted, and can belong to the following categories: Fiction, Documentary or Experimental

Short Film Competition

The UK Asian Film Festival Short Film Competition has been established since 2005. The short film competition and screening are just one element of the week long schedule of events devised to showcase and support the South Asian Independent Film and Arts, and this is your chance to get your film into the UK Asian Film Festival and be part of the vibrant programme!

Criteria

The short film competition is open to all, but the eligibility criteria are;-
The producers of the film i.e actors/director must be South Asian or have a South Asian connection. (South Asia -India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal).

Your film will be assessed on narrative structure, cinematography and post-production techniques.

The short film must adhere to the theme Uprooted, and can belong to the following categories: Fiction, Documentary or Experimental

The following is an explanation of terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) governing the submission of a film (hereafter called the “Film”) to Tongues on Fire* for consideration for the 2020 UK Asian Film Festival.(hereafter called “Festival”).

GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF A SHORT FILM TO THE UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL:

Rules and Terms
UK Asian Film Festival 2020
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venues
The UK Asian Film Festival will take place in March 2020. The absolute final submission deadline is as dictated on the UKAFF Website. The results will be announced at an Awards Ceremony. The venues vary - see website for details.

2. Competition
Entries will be assessed and successful submission will be programmed for screening and enter the Festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy (labelled with contact details) four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a time and date of our choosing.

3. Formats & Entry Charges
For the selection process acceptable formats: DCP, DVD (PAL) & Blu-Ray.
For successful submissions that are granted a screening: DVD or Blu-Ray.
Final date for submissions is as dictated on UKAFF website. The film may be shot in any format. However, we recommend 16:9 / 16:9 Full Height Anamorphic –HD. There is £10 charge for submitting a film into the festival and you are responsible for freight of the film to and from the venue.

4. Selection
The film should have a South Asian connection and be no longer than 10 minutes. South Asian Connections means the following countries India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The producers of the film i.e. actors, director or the cultural theme must be from the South Asian community.
You must have completed the work no earlier than two years proceeding the date of submission deadline.

5. Screening
Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. We require permission to screen the film at least twice within the Festival.
Either a Festival judging panel or young critiques votes will select the final award winning entry. A short list of nominees will be invited and the award winner will be notified on the day of screenings.

6. Clearance & copyrights
All entries must obtain the appropriate copyright clearances (i.e. music, images, etc). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified from the competition.

7. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes, before, during and after the UK Asian Film Festival. You will be required to provide: press materials, high res stills from the film, poster, promo reel or trailer (in HD if available), filmography/biography and a headshot/photograph of the Director.

8. Categories
The short film must adhere to the theme and can belong to the following categories: Fiction, Documentary or Experimental

9. Judging Criteria
We are looking for original, creative and high quality moving image production. Your film will be assessed on narrative structure, cinematography and post-production techniques.

If your film is selected for the Festival, you will have the opportunity to screen your work on an international platform. Tongues on Fire* will promote and market your film at the UK Asian Film Festival. However to maximize your film’s success, it would be helpful if you also generate hype and interest in your project. Please be sure to avoid misrepresentation of the Festival and Tongues on Fire in your marketing.

*Tongues of Fire is the operating company for the UK Asian Film Festival

Overall Rating
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  • Sue Carpenter

    Excellent festival that really champions up and coming filmmakers from South Asia and the diaspora. Very friendly and inclusive, with great opportunities for meeting other filmmakers and the audience.

    July 2019
  • Vaibhav Kaul

    Our short film was "Selected" on FilmFreeway and we received an email confirming the selection in January 2019 (three months before the Festival), but we heard absolutely nothing from them afterwards, and our film was ultimately not screened. We wrote two very polite emails to the Festival, but never got a response. The phoney selection caused us much embarrassment, because it forced us to backtrack on our initial public announcement of selection. We are still quite upset. Extremely poor communication.

    April 2019
  • Sharmin Ahammad

    It was fantastic being part of the UK Asian Film Festival. Great communication and events organised by the team.

    April 2018
  • Nirav Bhakta

    Great experience of being apart of a larger community of voices! Enjoyed the refreshing perspectives of the entire programming! Excited to return in the future!

    March 2018
  • Shashwati Talukdar

    One of a kind festival in Europe!

    March 2018