Animations are currently only £15 (Gold fee) to submit!

CPIFF, a BIFA qualifying festival, is rated 5th on Film Freeway out of 12,000+ festivals worldwide. We are No.1 in the UK.
With the majority of screenings sold out, see why celebrities & filmmakers say we're "the coolest" and screen higher quality films than other festivals in this 3 minute video: https://vimeo.com/671142880 .

EMI RECORDS sponsor the CPIFF Award for Best Music Video with president Rebecca Allen personally picking the winner.

We are also one of the most inclusive festivals as since the start in 2009 we have ensured every single screening night has films starring and made by numerous ethnic groups. We include as many LGBTQIA+ films as possible. Submit Now.

Writer of The Simpsons since it began, Mike Reiss, said: “YOU RUN THE VERY BEST FILM FESTIVAL WE'VE EVER BEEN TO - AND WE'VE BEEN TO A LOT! It's a very casual setting but there’s nothing casual about how it’s put together and how high the quality of the films are. They filled the house, there’s food and drink everywhere, it’s been A LOT of fun every night – really top notch.”

Tom Scurr, producer said: "What you’ve created with CPIFF is phenomenal, it’s such an asset to filmmakers. The film industry and festival circuit is like the wild west but you’re so passionate and you care about film – it’s glorious! All filmmakers are grateful to you, thank you so much!"

Phil Dunn writer/director wrote: “OUTSTANDING festival. This is how you do it. Other festivals take note. Tons of sold out nights, amazing selection of high calibre films and beautiful screenings at gorgeous Everyman Cinemas. Topped off by amazing awards event with food, drinks, desserts, stand-up comedy and hilarious comedy shorts (like really LOL funny). Thanks for nominating THE STUPID BOY for Best Short Film – such an honour when the selections were so high class!”

Music legend PAUL WELLER (The Jam, The Style Council) said about CPIFF: "It's my only film festival & I've loved it, it's inspiring and we need it, the whole independent movement is a wonderful thing."

JOHNNY VEGAS, one of the biggest names in UK comedy presented the CPIFF Awards 2020 and 2021, he said about CPIFF: "Frankly, I've been totally overwhelmed, it's phenomenal!"

Cat White, writer/producer/director: “I’m absolutely blown away with what you’ve done! Firstly, a full house - congratulations. I’ve been speaking to everyone here - the films are INCREDIBLE. I honestly think it’s the most incredible curation of films I’ve ever seen and I’ve done a lot of these festivals!”

Established in 2009, Crystal Palace International Film Festival (CPIFF) screens only the very best of the Independent films it receives. We vigilantly curate every night offering one after another of pure quality, an eclectic mix in fabulous venues with crafted Q&As, making a social evening to remember. This is why most screenings sell out well in advance. Filmmakers want an audience and the public want to be entertained - we provide both.

We do NOT require a premiere as we support the filmmaker. Festivals demanding a premiere massage their own ego putting festival against festival whilst lowering the number of festival selections and awards a film can attain. When selected by CPIFF your film has a stamp of quality and will be seen by a sizable audience. We are also the ONLY festival to have 4 x 1 hour programmes screened on LONDON LIVE TV channel (permission always sought) because, again, the quality we send is so much higher than other festivals who put films forward.

Submit your film for a chance of winning a coveted CPIFF Award at the incredible awards & comedy night at this film extravaganza, it will delight you. With themed evenings CPIFF is importantly inspiring the public to really appreciate independent film.

A QUICK TIP: try and keep short film credits as short as possible, preferably under 1 minute. 10 films with 2 mins each adds 20 minutes of just credits to one night's screening! This is just a tip, it has no bearing on film selection.

Winners receive a coveted CPIFF Award for best in category presented at the amazing CPIFF Awards.

Judges include:- Rebecca Allen - President of EMI Records. UK top comedian, writer and producer: Johnny Vegas, Sony award winning comedian, author and columnist: Mark Steel, Peppa Pig creator: Neville Astley, Producer: Beverley Dixon, Bafta winning writer Brian Dooley plus many more.

By submitting to the Festival, you agree to all of the following:
Images from the film can be used in CPIFF (Crystal Palace International Film Festival) publications, the CPIFF website and all other media outlets related to CPIFF publicity and you indemnify CPIFF against any responsibilities incurred by the screening of this film. CPIFF can keep the preview footage for its archive film libraries for viewing at the festival.

Anytime after 20th January films cannot be withdrawn as print, video trailers and website work are too far under way. Any changes would cause a lot of extra work that would then have to be invoiced for and paid for by the withdrawer.

Films must be submitted to CPIFF by the stated deadline
Please note that information given on the submission form may be used by CPIFF for publications.
CPIFF does not pay a fee for screening any film and cannot help with accommodation or travel expenses.
CPIFF accepts no responsibility if the information provided is inaccurate.
Please note that submissions entered will not be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Qin Qin

    I am very happy that our short film HAPPY CURLY was selected for the Crystal Palace International Film Festival. Unfortunately, I am unable to attend in person, but our lead actor attended the screening of our film. She told me that the atmosphere at the festival was wonderful. During this selection period, Neill has maintained excellent communication with us. I understand that this is not a very large film festival, but it is very well organized and maintained. I hope it continues to run smoothly in future editions, and I strongly recommend everyone to submit their films to this festival.

    July 2024
  • Klaas Diersmann

    Grateful to have been part of the festival. A truly great festival in London. Superb venue and programme.

    June 2024
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Klaas. If you could make this NOT private that would be a great help as it would then count towards our ratings. When private is does not help our rating. Many thanks. Neill.

  • James Arkinstall

    Thank you for including our film and for making space for not-for-profit storytelling! Great communication with Festival and we made some valuable connections at the event in the UK. Thank you!

    April 2024
  • Margherita Arco

    We loved screening at Crystal Palace Film Festival! Great vibe, great selection of films, excellent filmmakers networking. Thank you for having us!
    Anna-Marie Ramm - Director of 'Feeling Lucky'

    April 2024
  • Matt Davies

    A great festival. An excellent standard of films and brilliant venues. We really enjoyed the whole experience and hope to be back!

    April 2024