At Visability Film Festival, we celebrate daring styles and unique voices, rewarding new and exciting filmmakers, who aren’t afraid to take creative risks.

With half of profits donated to disability organisations, we as a team are dedicated to utilizing film as a tool for societal change. Our 2021 programme will give a platform to myriad diverse voices.

At Visability Film Festival we are conscious of gender inequality within film. We believe film festivals have a responsibility to address this disparity. Therefore, inspired by the 5050X2020 film festival movement we promise to maintain a gender-balanced final selection. At the festival, we will have at least as many films by female identifying filmmakers as male. 

Visability Film Festival are honoured to discover, and then spring board, new and exciting filmmaking talent. Unearthing original stories from distinctive filmmakers is what we do best.

We actively encourage film submissions of any form, genre or length, from filmmakers of any background, but are especially interested in films from lesser-heard voices.

We are proud to feature domestic film projects alongside international offerings, celebrating independent filmmaking talent from across the globe.

Our dedicated and diverse viewing panel features film academics, award winning animation directors, cinematographers, actors, set designers and film critics, all of whom are passionate about creating a film programme of unparalleled quality, that remains true to the festival’s core beliefs and values. Members of our team have worked behind the scenes for some of the UK’s biggest and best-established festivals, giving us real nous when it comes to the festival circuit.

Our inaugural edition will take place in London, February 2021, with event details to be announced nearer the time.

Visability FF Official Selection
Audience Award
Best Film
Best Script
Best Animated Film
Best Actor
Best Music / Sound

• We accept submissions of any genre and length.
• Short films must be under 40minutes duration, anything over this must be entered as a feature length submission.
• Entered films will automatically be considered for each of our awards, apart from the Best Script award. In order to qualify for this award, a script must be paid for and entered through a separate entry category. Received script must be attached to a film already submitted to Visability Film Festival, and cannot be a stand alone text.
• Non-English language films must have HARD-CODED English subtitle tracks attached.
• Submitted films must have been completed after January 1st 2017
• Entry fees are paid in full at time of submission. Submission payments are non-refundable.
• All submissions must be fully complete at time of submission. Incomplete projects cannot be selected.
• By submitting work to Visability Film Festival, filmmakers are consenting to use of footage, stills, trailers, and any other attached material, on our website and social media channels for advertising and promotional purposes. Use of these materials however, does not guarantee a film's selection by Visability Film Festival.
• Films may not be withdrawn from the Visability Film Festival programme, after their selection has been confirmed, under any circumstances.
• Entrants may submit more than one film, but each film must be submitted separately.
• Submitters should be the project’s Director or Producer, or have the express permission of the Director or Producer.
• We currently operate exclusively through FilmFreeway. Films submitted through e-mail, or by any other means, will not be accepted.
• Visability Film Festival reserve the right to refuse competition entries at any time.
• Visability Film Festival assumes no responsibility for violation of copyright law.
• By submitting to us, filmmakers acknowledge that they have read and understood the festival rules and guidelines, and are in compliance with these stated rules.
• If any of the above is unclear, do feel free to contact Visability Film Festival by e-mail directly, and we will be happy to offer clarity and advice.

Overall Rating
  • Jaak Gore

    This was a lovely festival to be involved in. Sam who runs the festival cares about film and cares about people, a really great mix! I wholeheartedly recommend submitting to it.

    May 2021
  • Nina Ross

    Thank you so much for a wonderful festival. The level of communication was wonderful, it really made me feel a part of the community despite the remote-ness of film festivals right now. What a lovely team. Was an honour to be a part

    February 2021
  • Cambyse Tabatabay

    The team behind the Visability Film Festival is the best festival anyone can ask for: kind, patient and helpful at every moment of the process.
    They assure you an elegant media cover and communication across platform.
    A great event (too bad it was offline) I will without a doubt come back for next year edition (if selected, of course!).

    Thanks again to the whole team and their incredible work.

    February 2021
  • Kieran Stringfellow

    Wow what a fantastic new festival. Sam and the team at Visability film festival have done an absolutely fantastic job at not only showcasing an incredible selection of films and adapting to an online platform in their first year but also supporting a fantastic cause. We were so honoured to have our film 'Bulldog' screen at this festival, and were so humbled to win both 'Best Picture' & 'Best British Film'. I wouldn't hesitate to submit my film again in years to come, and looking forward to next year!

    February 2021
  • Tijana Mamula

    A brilliant and much-needed new initiative from a dedicated group of directors and programmers. Visability FF caught my eye among the many novice festivals on FilmFreeway for its thoughtful and coherent mission statement, its attention to visual communication and its driving ethics and politics. It seemed like a serious and ambitious undertaking, and it did not disappoint! The program was excellent, the communication flawless. Networking opportunities were sadly limited by the national lockdown, but I've no doubt that an in-person edition of this festival would abound with them. Thank you Visability for choosing and awarding my film -- it has been a real honor and I hope to come back again!

    February 2021