Welcome to the England International Film Festival, formerly known as the White Deer International Film Festival. To celebrate our rebrand, along with an exciting festival in November 2024, we will be offering cash prizes for the first time!

EIFF is a celebration of cinematic excellence, creativity, and storytelling. Founded with a passion for nurturing and showcasing the best of global filmmaking, our festival serves as a platform for filmmakers, artists, and visionaries to share their unique stories with audiences worldwide.

Our festival is more than just a showcase of films; it's an immersive experience that brings together filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. From thought-provoking screenings to engaging panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, we strive to foster collaboration and empower emerging talents while honoring the achievements of established filmmakers.

With a dedicated team of passionate individuals who share a love for cinema, we work tirelessly to ensure that the England International Film Festival remains a beacon of creativity and a catalyst for cinematic excellence. We invite you to join us on this captivating journey, where storytelling knows no bounds and where the magic of film unites us all.

A diverse panel of judges are involved in our festival and include award winning industry professionals. Films that enter our festival competition have a chance to win multiple IMDB-qualifying awards and for the first time we are introducing cash prizes.


For the chance of winning the cash prize + live screening of your film enter the Best Film category. This is £750 prize awarded to the Best Film and £250 to the runner up. Cash prizes will be paid directly to the submitter.

We also have a variety of technical and genre categories. Winners of these will receive a laurel and online screening as part of the festival annual event. PLEASE NOTE, winners of technical and genre categories will NOT be screened at our live event.

Our award structure is laid out below:

You will receive this notification if you have won one of our Best Film, Technical or Genre categories. Award winners will be screened online in the run up to the annual event. PLEASE NOTE! If you have won a Technical or Genre Category, you will NOT be screened at our in person annual event.

You will receive this notification if you are one of the 10 Best Film Nominations. If you receive this, you WILL be screened at our annual event with a chance to win awards and the cash prize.

You will receive this notification if you are nominated for a technical or genre category. You have a chance of featuring on our online screening and a laurel for your category. PLEASE NOTE! If you are nominated for a Technical or Genre Category, you will NOT be screened at our in person annual event.

Unfortunately if you receive this notification, you have not won an award at our festival this time.

Firstly, please read our 'AWARDS & PRIZES' section carefully before submitting!

For the chance of winning the cash prize + live screening of your film enter the Best Film category. This is £750 prize awarded to the Best Film and £250 to the runner up. Cash prizes will be paid directly to the submitter.

To submit a film to our festival, you must have created the project yourself, own the rights or have permission from the owner of the content to submit the film to us.

All films must be submitted in a digital format.

Non-English films must have English subtitles.

1. Amateur videos i.e. films with a poor production standard (bad sound, lack of subtitles/
captions for non-English films, video resolution less than 720p HD).
2. Pornography.
3. Scripts

We also reserve the right to disqualify films that feature a significant political or religious agenda.

Overall Rating
  • Elaine Crowe

    Thank you so much for nominating and awarding my film for Best Experimental film. The film has been a self-funded labour of love and it is great to get recognition for it from you and such positive feedback. White Deer International Festival's programme of nominations and awards is so encouraging to filmmakers - thank you.

    September 2023
  • Sonny Baez

    No response to emails, online festival, phantom prizes, no screenings, no promotion, not worth it!

    September 2023
    Response from festival:

    Hi Sonny,

    Firstly congratulations on receiving a nomination for your movie Don't Choke, we enjoyed watching it!

    Sorry to hear that you have had a negative experience submitting to our film festival. We did want to clarify that you should have received two emails from us, one announcing your nomination status with your laurel attached and the other a response to your query about screening?

    All of our winners were promoted on our social channels on the 31st August.

    Whilst we did say that we would not be screening films this year, we are looking to hold a screening event in 2024 as part of our film festival's rebrand, which you are more than welcome to attend.

    Again, apologies for any confusion and best of luck of your filmmaking journey!

    Kind regards
    The White Deer Team

  • Anda Anastasescu Gritten

    It was a lovely surprise and very gratifying that my music documentary CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI AVANT-GARDIST, MASTER IMPROVISER, HOMME PASSIONNÉ was appreciated by the festival as Best Feature Documentary last April. My correspondence with co-director Mark Wisdom was a real pleasure too. Thank you, White Deer!

    July 2023
  • I am thrilled that my short documentary, "The Nesinan Tree" was honored to be an Official Selection in the Microshort Documentary category at 2022 White Deer International Film Festival. It was a great opportunity to be seen alongside so many wonderful and talented filmmakers from around the world. And your presentation was fantastic! Many thanks!

    May 2023
  • Incredible festival! Excellent communication and great platform to support, celebrate and promote independent film! Will definitely be submitting again 🙌

    May 2023