The UK Film Festival London champions great films but is particularly seeking work from those filmmakers who might not yet have had a prestigious public screening of their work.

Screening in the heart of London UKFF welcomes films of all types from all over the World - connecting up-and-coming filmmakers with more established names such as Judi Dench, Dustin Hoffman, James Corden, Bill Nighy and their most recent winners – Timothy Spall, Steven Berkoff, Vinnie Jones, Sally Hawkins, Olivia Coleman and Willem Dafoe.

(Seen above: Willem Dafoe, receiving The UKFF Edgeware Award for Best Actor; and director Marieke Englehardt winning the UKFF Edgeware Award for Best Short Film)

Mat Kirkby, Oscar Winner and Director at Ridley Scott Associates states that "The UK Film Festival is the most focused, passionate and quality driven film festival in the UK. Their invaluable support helped get me to the Oscars in 2015, where I won the Academy Award for best short film."
With a programme that showcases new talent alongside established directors, filmmakers and actors UKFF is a lively networking hub. Over the last 6 years UKFF has quickly become a career stepping stone, establishing a tradition of discovering and promoting films which have gone on to be Oscar and BAFTA nominees and winners. The script competitions have also made a big impact - four scripts have been optioned and two have been produced and gone on to win multiple awards and gained prestigious distribution deals.

Led by a jury of well respected professional filmmakers and as a member of Universal Films and Festivals Organisation we ensure a fair selection and judging process.
Our exciting screening events have created a networking hub that continues to connect new filmmakers to industry including television exposure by leading British broadcaster, Channel 4.

The UK Film Festival offers an award for Best Short Film, Best British Short
Best Feature Film; Best Feature Documentary; Best Short Documentary; Best Animation; Best Music Video; Best Student Film; as well as special awards for excellence.

Submission Eligibility
- All submitted films (except Features) must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
- The student concession fee is only applicable to filmmakers that were full time students at the time of making the film.
- All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.
- Exploitation or grossly indecent genres are not eligible.

Terms and conditions:
The UK Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilise an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorised to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless UK Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The admission fees are non-refundable

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  • It was an honour to be accepted to the UK Film Festival. My only regret was that I couldn't fly over because of the pandemic. I was pleased there was an online part to their festival where my film, The Rolling Pin, played and also won Best Lockdown Short. There was a lot of sensitive and informative communication with those in charge of the Festival. Very professional and kind. Next year, whether I am a participant or not I would love to be there in person. Thank you UK Film Festival!

    January 2022
  • Call out to the UK Film Festival for keeping me up to date. I feel like a new man! UKFF had the good sense and better taste to welcome my script "Your Face is a Country" into the fold. Thanks much. I stand proudly with the UKFF!

    December 2021
  • As always, a great festival - Virginia Austin

    December 2021
  • UK Film Festival has been a prestigious competition since its inception over a decade ago. I'm honored and grateful that my script has been selected and earned such a valued laurel. I've been fortunate that my 4 most recent scripts have together earned over two dozen accolades. UKFF is one of my favorites.

    December 2021
  • I love the photo on the site with Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, almost as much as I love being an Official Selection for "Possum Man." Thanks, UKFF!

    December 2021