2021 sees us host the celebrated 12th YFIFF!!

The Yellow Fever Indie Film Festival is run by film makers, for film makers. The No.1 Independent Film Festival in Northern Ireland, created by George Clarke (of Yellow Fever Productions) in 2009, the festival has went from strength to strength pulling in a host of amazing world wide film makers and industry names such as the prolific Albert Pyun (Cyborg, Captain America, Road To Hell) and Mike Leeder (Rogue One, Rush Hour 3, Man Of Tai Chi).

The festival prides itself in finding and promoting new talent of the independent film world, now in its new home on the marina in the beautiful coastal town of Bangor (Northern Ireland). With its stunning surroundings, and ease of access by train or bus services, our new location puts you right on the doorstep of some beautiful coastal walks and scenery - yet still only 20 minutes from Belfast City Centre.

The YFIFF now focuses STRICTLY on genre films that hail the Action (or) Horror (or) Thriller (or) Grindhouse theme, as the main genre of your film - or at least in-part...

A weekend of movies and fun is always guaranteed, with a chance for some networking, meeting new friends and fans. As usual, we close with our wonderful big black tie, gala dinner award ceremony on the Sunday evening, resulting in a lot of happy people, plenty of smiles and great memories!

For those (non-NI) film-makers that attend, the YFIFF staff offer a touring day the following Monday of some of the best sights of Northern Ireland, as a 'thank-you' for joining us, and the chance to make your trip a bit more special...

The YFIFF has now joined forces with the incredible Open House Festival that runs in Bangor for the whole month of August and is a great opportunity for all involved.

We look forward to meeting you and sharing your film to the people of Norn' Iron!!

Good luck & many thanks,

George Clarke, Kenny Martin & the YFIFF team

*We had to cancel the physical festival of the 11th YFIFF in 2020 due to Covid 19 and instead, created an awards video for the filmmakers. You can watch that video via:



Albert Pyun Inspiration Award
Audience Choice
Best Grindhouse
Best Action
Best Horror
Best Thriller
Best Cinematography
Best SFX
Best Short
Best Micro Budget (Under £1000)
*NEW* Graeme Livingstone Award ( for Most Memorable Film...)
*NEW* Mike Leeder Award (for Best Performance)

Length: Anything OVER 5 minutes long
Language: Any (Eng Subs if not English Language)
Online Submissions Welcome
Preferred budgets of £500,000 and under

We welcome animations providing they contain an element of the required genres - ACTION - HORROR - THRILLER - GRINDHOUSE

*Films MUST NOT be older than 12 months since completion date...

Note: All accepted films will be in competition.

Overall Rating
  • In the midst of a pandemic when so many festivals were struggling, Yellow Fever were a pure joy. Their communication was second to none and we were delighted to be included in their fantastic official selection. Luke Christian winning the Mike Leeder Award for Best performance was the icing on the cake. The festival feels like a true celebration of indie filmmaking and we wouldn't hesitate to submit again. Shame the physical event couldn't go ahead - there's always next year!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks very much for your support and congrats on the win!! We know its been a crazy year but hopefully, things will get back to normal soon :)

  • Great festival! Thanks a lot for the award :D Highly recommended!!!

    October 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your support and congrats again! Good luck for the future :)

  • Darren Loughlin

    As a first time filmmaker in 2020 Yellow Fever was one of my first festival experiences and, despite missing out on the physical experience of a festival (obviously beyond the organisers control) I still had a wonderful experience and really felt part of the festival. Communication from the organisers was excellent from submission through to the online awards ceremony. Have to point out the recognition and praise they give to films made on an extremely limited budget which is something that often seems to be overlooked by other festivals. Thanks to the organisers and hopefully I'll get the chance to attend and meet you all some time in the future!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Darren, thank you so much for your review and kind words. Been a crazy year but hopefully, we will get the chance to have you join us someday soon!

  • Alex Montilla

    George is so nice and helpful. I will be back!

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Alex. Been a tough year, but we look forward to having you with us for your next project in the near future!

  • James Cotton

    What a wonderful festival! Even a pandemic couldn't stop Yellow Fever championing genre cinema! The communication and organisation is flawless, while the online awards ceremony was lots of fun, as the team went out of their way to create a festival atmosphere from afar. I'll be submitting and hopefully attending in 2021.

    September 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks James, appreciate it!! We look forward to having you with us in the near future :)