Watch the festival video with filmmakers' comments here:

EMI RECORDS sponsor the CPIFF Award for Best Music Video with president Rebecca Allen personally picking the winner.
Music legend PAUL WELLER said about CPIFF: "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 British comedy, presents the CPIFF awards 2020 and 2021 and judges films for CPIFF.

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! CPIFF is 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.”

Every year, filmmakers who attend many festivals comment on the stand out nature and the higher quality of film at CPIFF compared to other festivals.

Katie Young, film critic: “I go to a lot of film festivals and CPIFF definitely feels unique and has its own vibe. There’s a huge turn out, the venue is incredible, you’ve got the bar, the lovely food, the smells in here are amazing, everyone’s having a good time – you don’t get this anywhere else, it’s brilliant!”

James Webber, renowned UK Director: “It’s fantastic, a really great festival. I’ve had 4 films screened here now and as always it’s a full house, sold out audiences. There’s nothing worse than seeing only filmmakers and then just empty seats; it’s not like that here and that’s why it’s worth submitting to and attending.”

Established in 2009, Crystal Palace International Film Festival (CPIFF) screens only the very best of the Independent film it receives. We vigilantly curate our selections so a night of short films, for example, offers one after another of pure quality, an eclectic mix of genres combined with amazing food and drink in funky venues, making every night a social evening to remember. This is why most of our nights sell out well in advance. Our last launch night sold out within hours!

We do NOT require a premiere as we want to support the filmmaker not our own ego and this restricts their choice. When selected by CPIFF your film has a stamp of quality and will be seen by a sizable audience. Also, we are now the ONLY film festival to have lots of films screened on LONDON LIVE TV channel every year because, again, the quality we send is so much higher than all the other festivals who submitted to them in the past.

Submit your film for a chance of winning a coveted CPIFF Award at the Gala Awards Finale of this film extravaganza, it will delight you. With themed evenings, gourmet food in amazing venues, CPIFF stands out from the standard Fayre of film festival and importantly is inspiring the public to really appreciate independent film.

Winners receive a coveted CPIFF Award for best in category presented at the amazing CPIFF Gala Finale and Awards Evening.
The Croydon and Wandsworth Rising Star winners also receive £500!

Judges include:- Rebecca Allen - President of EMI Records! UK's 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 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. Within a short period from the festival starting films cannot be withdrawn. E.G. if we have gone to print and/or announced the screening schedule and/or publicised such materials that would be affected by a withdrawal.

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 accepts no responsibility if the information provided is inaccurate.
Please note that submissions entered will NOT be returned.

Overall Rating
  • Thomas Harman

    Great Festival, all the films screened were of high quality. It was really good to be screened and interviewed in front of a live audience at their Crystal Palace Everyman Cinema Venue.

    September 2021
  • Very enjoyable festival staged in a gorgeous cinema

    September 2021
  • Incredibly excited that they are holding out to do a live festival! I looked up the venue and it looks beautiful! Also the communication with the festival has been amazing! Can’t wait to attend the festival and will definitely submitting future projects!

    April 2021
  • They did an amazing job of keeping everything ticking along against all the odds over the pandemic. They truly care about the films you enter and work extremely hard.

    March 2021
  • Richard Naylor

    Great effort during an incredibly difficult time. Will definitely submit again in the future. Thanks to all involved.

    March 2021