We're back! Our 2021 festival is open for entries from February 22.

Last year, at our inaugural festival, the award for Best Film went to the Iranian filmmaker Seyed Gholamreza Nematpour.

His film Ava’s Silence also won the Narrative Drama category and received high praise from our judges in a strong field of entries from around the world. In addition to the awards in eleven different categories, we made a special Lockdown Award.

The People's Choice award went to Luca Pappalardo from Sicily, with his film 'I wait for the dawn'. Luca is a 19-year-old student at MetFilm School in London. Three thousand people made their choice from the sixty 'Official Selections' screened on our website.

Ealing Film Festival was established in 2020 - the most difficult of years - to showcase the talents of a diverse range of up-and-coming filmmakers. We received 160 entries from twenty countries on five continents. Our judges are all industry professionals, whose honours include awards from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, the Emmy Awards, and the Academy Awards.

Ealing has a long association with the film and television industry. The famous Ealing Studios are the oldest in the world still in regular use. We want our festival to shine a spotlight on new talent. And we hope people of all ages - and every social and cultural background - will join our growing community of filmmakers.

We can't wait to launch our 2021 festival! If government restrictions are eased, we hope to hold a festival event in Ealing. But in the event of further lockdown restrictions, the festival will take place online, as it did in 2020. Watch this space.

We accept entries from all over the world, exclusively via FilmFreeway. You may submit more than one film, and each film can be entered in more than one category. Please read the rules below for further important details.

Laurels will be awarded for all Official Selections and for all category winners, including special commendations at the discretion of the judges. The category winners will be reviewed by our jury, and one film will be named the overall winner of the festival.

We hope to invite the makers of some of our selected films to take part in an online or in person Q&A, depending on the kind of festival we are able to run in December.

Details of prizes for the winning filmmakers will be announced later.

Here are the categories for our 2021 festival...

Narrative / Drama
Horror / Suspense
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Environmental / Green
Student Film
Homegrown (Films by people living in Ealing, or made within the borough of Ealing)
Lockdown Award (Films about the Covid-19 pandemic, or made during lockdown)
Phyllis Crocker Award (Recognising an outstanding achievement by a filmmaker identifying as a woman)

The winners of each category will be considered by the judges for the overall award of ‘Best Film’ in the festival.

In addition there will be a People's Choice Award, decided by audience votes.

Submissions open: February 22, 2021
Submissions close: October 4, 2021
Festival date: December 4, 2021 (tbc)

1. Entrants must be 16 years old or over at the time of submission.
2. We are looking for short films, ideally no more than fifteen minutes. We will give you a little leeway but twenty minutes is our cut-off point. Less is more!
3. Films must be the original work of the entrants and must have been produced since 1 January 2017.
4. Ealing Film Festival does not accept films promoting a product or company.
5. Entrants must have obtained clearance for all copyrighted music and any other copyrighted material used in their films.
6. Written permission must have been obtained from all the people actively appearing in the film. This is usually done by way of a release form.
7. Any entry not in the English language must have English subtitles embedded in the film.
8. Entries should be submitted electronically only via FilmFreeway.
9. To be considered for the 2021 competition entries must be received by the final deadline of October 4, 2021. Films can be entered in any number of categories.
10. Your status on FilmFreeway will acknowledge the receipt of your submission.
11. Filmmakers whose work is 'Officially Selected' will receive notification by email by November 1, 2021.
12. Details of the Official Selections will be posted on the Ealing Film Festival website. Please note that selected films should be available for event screening and streaming online.
13. Ealing Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason at its absolute discretion.
14. The decision of the judges is final. We will not enter into correspondence or discussion concerning any decision.
15. As well as awarding laurels for Official Selections and the winners of the categories, there will be an overall prize for the Best Film of the festival.
16. The entry is made at the entrant’s own expense and Ealing Film Festival shall not be liable for reimbursing any expenses incurred in making an entry.
17. Ealing Film Festival and associated parties accept no responsibility for any misuse of intellectual property rights.
18. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use images and a maximum of 45 seconds from selected films for promotional or festival screenings or on the Ealing Film Festival websites or for press or media purposes. Occasionally EFF may wish to screen a selected film outside of the festival, in all instances permission will be sought from the filmmaker in advance.
19. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use the film for its archive film library for viewing by other film festivals and organisations.

Overall Rating
  • A very good first year of the festival! Thank you again for selecting my entry as 'Best Student Film'. I hope to enter again next year.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Great, & very well done! The entries are now open for this year's Festival - closing deadline is not until October so if you have got more films please do send in, and tell your friends!

  • Ealing Film Festival is a very good film festival.
    Film Festival staff also supports very heartwarming.
    They constantly supported me by e-mail and social media.
    I would love to enter again next time!

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thankyou Keishi, great to hear and we look forward to seeing more of your work. Good luck with other Festivals!

  • Very proud to have been part of their inaugural year. Quality of films selected was excellent, and we were humbled to be among them. Communication was outstanding, and we even picked up some twitter followers as a result of being selected.

    Some of the most impressive judges I've yet encountered--legit industry heavy hitters--and they've built a lot of support within Ealing, particularly among political, economic, and cultural leaders.

    2020 was a tough year to start an ambitious new film festival, and they set the bar very high. Once things return to normal, there's no question this festival will continue to grow and prosper. I wish them and all their future participants every success.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thankyou so much Brian - that means a lot! Really great to be able to do this and see such fabulous work from so many creatives. Onward for 2021... and beyond and hopefully soon in real life! Keep making films!!!!

  • Great festival to enjoy interesting movies :)

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Nils, there was lots of great stuff, thankyou for being part of our first festival. Keep making films and hope to see you in our future festivals. Best of luck .

  • Charles Opong

    Thank you for selecting me, thank you for great communication! Worthy film festival.

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Many Thanks Charles, appreciate your comments. Hopefully will see more of your work in the future. Best of luck.