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

Overall Rating
  • My country Ukraine and my family away from home are not easy days. It is especially nice to be selected as a refugee at a festival in London.

    December 2023
  • Great Festival with a fantastic staff 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼

    December 2023
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    An excellent festival - Murray is awesome and really cares about the films he selects and the filmmakers. We are thrilled to have had WUSS win Best Screenplay and our unproduced screenplay THE BURDEN OF LIGHT selected

    December 2023
  • Paul Blake

    I had a brilliant time attending the screening of my short film "Talking Head" at the UK Film Festival. Brilliant selection of films, plenty of infomation throughout each screening, would recommend to any filmmaker.

    December 2023
  • Eric Sollars

    UK Film Festival was a highly professional festival. I will enter again. Thank you.

    December 2023