The UVFF is back for it's 10th year and is now a British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) qualifying film festival for Short films and British Feature Films. (

UVFF is a founder member of AIFF (Association of Independent Film Festivals), which is a community of film festivals dedicated to promoting transparency, fairness, and protection for filmmakers, including the inclusivity of diverse film cultures. We adhere to strict standards to ensure filmmakers have a positive and legitimate experience, aiming to create a more equitable independent film festival circuit in the U.K. More details at

UVFF is run by filmmakers and aims to celebrate the very best in indie and encourage all aspects of independent film making.

After Nine successful years the 2025 festival will be bigger and better! More information to follow soon.

As well as screenings at Screen on the Green, Vue Islington and The Hen & Chickens Theatre, for the first time we will also be having screenings in Los Angeles.

There will be industry workshops and networking events at The Hen & Chickens throughout the week.

Islington based film makers can submit free of charge, contact us for a waiver code.

All awards are IMDb accredited.
Best Feature
Best Foreign Feature
Best Short
Best Foreign Short
Best Web Series
Best Documentary
Best Documentary (Short)
Best Director
Best Director (Short)
Best Actor (Feature)
Best Actress (Feature)
Best Actress (Short)
Best Actor (Short)
Best Score
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Best Make Up/Costume
Best Sound
Best Short Script
The Si Spencer Award
The One to Watch Award

Films must have been completed after Jan 2023

Films can have distribution but must not be freely available to watch online.

Overall Rating
  • Grace Alwyn Ashworth

    What an awesome film festival! We loved every minute :) Thanks for having us and for screening our short film 'GRIM'.

    I would definitely recommend attending Unrestricted View Film Fest if you haven't already. Thanks!

    June 2024
  • Richard Fenwick

    I've been privvy to some great UK festivals so far this year, and my most local to-date, Unrestricted View, was no exception. Lovely, laid-back atmosphere. Great selection of films. And we were lucky enough to even pick up a few nominations - for best screenplay and costume design, for our short, SOULMATE 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

    May 2024
  • Back of the Net

    it was so great, thank you so much for your hospitality. Great selection of films, honoured to be part of it!

    May 2024
  • Great festival! Thoroughly recommend submitting & attending :)

    May 2024
  • We were delighted to have 14 clients screen at the 2024 edition, including multiple acknowledgments with recognition in the award and special mentions. They screen a real mix of genres and generate a warm cosy vibe for filmmakers attending.

    The films selected from us in 2024 were:

    Bodily Renaissance
    Dog Days
    I Don't Need Adult Conversation
    My Week With Maisy
    The Eyes of Marge
    Upon The Edge

    May 2024