British Cultural Film Festival & Market (BCFF) is Crawley's first-ever film festival. It'll be hosted by the Crawley Film Initiative (a non-profit cultural hub) at The Hawth Theatre. The festival will be accessible from all over the world due to it being located within a 10-minute journey from Gatwick International Airport.
The event consists of;
- Keynote Event Speaker; Peter Egan (Downtown Abbey & After Life).
- Buyers Market
- Network Events
- TED Talks from industry professionals will be broadcast globally.
- Film-related workshops.
- Feature film screenings.
- A short film corner.
- An award ceremony for the Films submitted.
We welcome filmmakers from all over the globe to join us at a brand new film festival & buyers market which is located in Crawley (UK) right next to Gatwick Airport. This festival is supported by Cinando for a summer 2023 Launch. Distributors and sales agents from around Europe and the world will attend the festival's Buyers market looking for content to add to their catalogue. The buyers market will give an opportunity for distributors and film producers to network and do business together.
We encourage film producers who have feature-length or TV Serial projects on their slate to attend and network with potential buyers. Gatwick Aiport is the UK's second-biggest Airport and is accessible from all over the globe with affordable hotels/accommodation in the local area, this festival will be a unique way of getting European and World partners together in the UK.
For Distributors, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to book a pitch plot to attend this festival.
For film producers who would like to showcase their films at the festival please contact email@example.com.
Accreditation would be required for film producers who would like to attend the Buyers Market. You'll need to submit this through Cinando when accreditation launches in May 2023.
Each selected winner will receive an award from The British Cultural Film Awards. Top award of the festival is The Golden Crow Award (Crawele). Each award will be voted by the selected Jury for each category. The following categories which will be awarded are;
- Crawele (The Golden Crow Award)
- Best British Cultural Feature Film
- Best International Feature Film
- Best Documentary Feature Film
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Cinematographer
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Short Film
- Best Documentary Short
- Best Local (RH Postal/Zip Code) Film
1. Short films submitted to be no longer than 45 minutes (including credits), Feature Films must be 45 minutes or longer (excluding credits).
2. The Filmmakers retain all submission and intellectual property rights.
3. The Entrants submitting the film must hold all legal rights for the submission, as well as all necessary clearances for public exhibition.
4. If you're from the local area submitting a short film, please ensure you let us know to be entered into the Best Local Film award.
5 . Premiere Status
There is no premiere policy for any films submitted.
Work-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
6. Film Classification
All film classifications can be accepted to the British Cultural Film Festival & Market (BCFF).
7. Submission Fee
All submissions for the Feature Film category are to be paid through FilmFreeway platform. The submission fee is non-refundable.
8. DCP (or selected media)
Shipping for selected films ONLY
If selected your DCP should be sent to:
Crawley Film Initiative
103 High St
Crawley RH10 1DD
If the film is selected for the Festival all shipping and postage costs for DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from BCFF must be paid by the submitting party. BCFF will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. BCFF will not absorb any fees incurred by British customs. All charges must be pre-paid.
Films may also be submitted electronically via a prores 422 HQ download link.
9. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- How the narrative includes British Culture (excluding Best International Feature).
- Quality of narrative and production values.
- Independent nature of the production.
10. Festival Screenings for selected films ONLY
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) in order to be screened at the BCFF, as well as a backup Blu-ray. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the DCP and Blu-ray.
All foreign language films MUST contain English subtitles files.
Blu-ray will be used as backup only. Please clearly label whether your film is PAL or NTSC. Our facilities do NOT support DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.
A selected DCP must be received at BCFF no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.
BCFF aspires to provide the best quality projection possible but will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of the projection, nor will fees be refunded in any such case. BCFF assumes that the submitting party or filmmaker(s) or entrant(s) or print source company has insured for damage and loss of the festival DCP
11. Scheduling for selected films ONLY
Screenings are scheduled at the discretion of BCFF. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, BCFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. BCFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in schedule.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.
12. Promotion for selected films ONLY
Selected films must acknowledge that BCFFreserves the right to promote the films on BCFF and social media using both images and videos that you provide.
13. Festival Awards
Prizes for The Golden Crow Award (Crawele), Best British Cultural Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Documentary Short & Best Local Film.
14. Filmmakers are allowed to submit more than one film for the Festival provided that each film is submitted separately and meets the BCFF guidelines.
15. All decisions regarding award winners are considered final and incontestable.
16. Year of Film being completed.
All films must have been completed by 2019 onwards.