Watch the festival video with filmmakers' comments here:

Music legend PAUL WELLER (pictured above) said: "I've loved it, it's inspiring and we need it, the whole independent movement is a wonderful thing!"
EMI RECORDS sponsor the CPIFF Award for Best Music Video.

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. Launch night 2019 sold out in 24 hours a month beforehand!

We do NOT require a premiere as we want to help the filmmaker and this restricts their choice. When selected by CPIFF your film has a stamp of quality and will be seen by a sizable audience. We've also had 6 full programmes of submitted films screened on LONDON LIVE TV channel as part of their film festival season with more of that to come.

Submit your film for a chance of winning a coveted CPIFF Award at the Gala 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 is inspiring the public to 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

    Although I couldn't attend the film festival, they sent me an interview video for me. Thank you so much, and thank you for the kindness of the film festival. If I get another chance later, I want to attend the festival. A very nice and gentle film festival. It's an honor.

    October 2020
  • Great people are behind this event! Great organization and great communication! I regret that (you know - the situation caused by the pandemic) we couldn't appear in person. It must have been an amazing experience. However, we still believe that we will appear at the final gala ... We would love to! It's an honor that our film Red (2019) is part of such a perfect festival (among such good titles!). Congratulations to the organizers! :)

    October 2020
  • David Ruby

    Fantastic festival. A privilege to be a part of!

    October 2020
  • A great and worthy festival. Stella communication, well curated films, and most importantly for any film maker, a fantastic audience turnout.

    April 2020
  • S T E P H E N L E V Y

    Me and family had a wonderful time when we attended the festival. Our film Epiphany was screened on the opening night in Everyman Cinema in Crystal Palace. What a great venue and Neil was a great host.

    July 2019