The Midlands largest short film festival heads for it fourth year!

Awards & Prizes

THE BIGGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN THE MIDLANDS is the Beeston Film Festival. It is now open for its fourth year and continues to grow and expand to provide an amazing platform for our community to celebrate film and filmmakers.

Your Beeston Film Festival fee covers
• Competition entry;
• Up to 4 Festival Passes for selected films.

Competition entry means your film could be selected for a screening but also a B’Oscar nomination and the chance to win.
Festival Passes for filmmakers selected also reflects of commitment to celebrate film and filmmakers. As a guest to the festival we will make you feel welcome.

Awards and Prizes
The Beeston Oscar, or B’Oscar, is awarded to the best film in the following categories - Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary and Animation. Further prizes will be awarded for Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Acting Performance, Best Soundtrack & Sound Design and an Audience award, too.

The Three Counties category that is split into two sections: Young (up to 105 years of age); and Younger (up to 18 years). Filmmakers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire ONLY with films in any genre can submit.

There is a new Women’s Stories category that aims to provide a platform for films centred around women’s stories or story-telling.

And, of course, there is a wonderful Best in Festival B’Oscar, too, designed by the renowned ceramic artist, Anna Collette Hunt.

Category Descriptions

Drama
It’s time to get serious. Life is a serious business. Film drama spans the emotional turmoil of family breakups, to death, across any time period you can think off, and most importantly to share stories from across the world will be incredibly satisfying. We can the see the world through different eyes, but see things that are strangely familiar, and we can connect.

Comedy
Racine said, “Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel.” Wise words indeed, but obviously he hadn’t seen much slapstick! Chaplin combine laughter with pathos, Steve Martin too. There maybe darkness, there maybe farts, but what ever you do make the audience laugh!

Horror
So when you arrive be prepared to scream your head off. The horror genre cover creepy to pure blood and guts and don’t we love it!!!! I’m sure we’ll see zombies, Frankensteins and vampires a plenty. But so often the fear provoked is that within ourselves; those creepy moments revisited through the filmmakers haunting imagery. Cool.

Documentary
Dziga Vertov’s definition of Documentary is, “life as it is”, sounds a bit dated, because modern documentary makers verge on polemic too, such as Michael Moore. Yet in the end it is difficult to deny what we see, that presented to us as factual. The documentary can cover celebration to tragedy, the animal world to mankind, history to the future, and it also can look carefully into the nooks and crannies of life that we never bothered to check out, or we had forgotten about. More than any other category we documentaries as possibly the shortest route to presenting diversity.

Animation
Wiki says, “Animation is the process of making the illusion of motion and by means of the rapid display of a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other.” Whether digital or stop-motion each year we are dazzled by the joyous joie de vivre of animators.

Three Counties
Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire are three counties that border Beeston and home to incredibly creative individuals. The Festival is proud to provide a specific platform to celebrate local talent. Films can be submitted from any genre at all! But within 15 minutes explode into life, tell a story, and show the world what you can do! The category this year will be divided between Young who are over 20 years of age, and Younger, filmmakers under 20 years of age.

Women's Voices
This is a very open definition: films made by men but tell a woman's story in a good way, with a great leading female actor, can still be considered; as long as the film has a good mix of women and men working on the crew, and as long as they tell a good woman's story, it can be submitted.

Rules & Terms

BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL ENTRY PROCEDURE
Submissions MUST be made through this site and completed after 1st January 2015. Submissions MUST include an on-screen viewer for selection purposes. Films entered into the Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary, and Animation categories MUST be no longer than 30 minutes. Films entered into Three Counties Young and Younger categories MUST not be longer than 15 minutes.

The Submission Fee for Drama, Horror, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Women’s Stories, and Three Counties categories will be 14 USD per submission, however, Student Films can claim a 50% discount per submission, code BFFSTUDENT2018.

The films accepted into the Festival are required to provide for screening .mov or MP4 digital files. Delivery costs of the screening media must be borne by the applicant or forwarding festival. Screening material will not be returned.
All packages from outside Europe must bear the declaration: “for temporary importation only and for cultural use at a film festival - of no commercial value”. Documentation / proforma invoices for films from outside the EU must not state a value that exceeds £10 as this often attracts importation taxes. Any film attracting freight charges/ importation taxes our end will not be accepted, and will be returned at the sender’s own cost or may be retained by UK customs, where its retrieval will be the sender’s responsibility.

Payment can be made via Paypal or any other of the payment on this site. Viewing copies must be received with all relevant supporting materials by the submission deadline - as dated on the application form - unless, by prior arrangement a late submission has been agreed with the Festival.

Press packs are not essential at this stage but can be sent as digital versions via email.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

The deadline is 31st December 2018. On receipt of submission, the entrant will receive email confirmation and a reference number from FilmFreeway that should be quoted on all future correspondence. Selection notification to all applicants will be as early as possible but at the latest one month before the festival.

Applicants must confirm acceptance within 7 days of receiving notification quoting their reference number and at this stage should supply any stills/images etc. to be used in the festival brochure (if not supplied in advance). Screening material should be supplied 2 weeks prior to the festival, to allow time to check the technical quality.

NB BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL IS CO-ORDINATED BY BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL LTD (BFF) WHOM IS THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY. BFF RESERVES THE RIGHT AT ANY TIME TO WITHDRAW, POSTPONE, CANCEL OR MAKE ANY ALTERATION TO (OR PART TO) THE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OR FESTIVAL PROGRAMME WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULTATION. ‘BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL’ IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK PROTECTED BY UK LAW. Postal Address: BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL, 212 Bramcote Lane, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4EX. United Kingdom. Telephone: 0750 2011547, email: info@beestonfilmfestival.com, web address: www.beestonfilmfestival.com. Beeston Film Festival is operated by Beeston Film Festival Ltd, a registered company limited by guarantee. No. 08826715.

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    Sophie Black

    You need to enter this festival! The quality of the films shown is higher than in most larger-tier festivals. But although the standard is high, they maintain the intimate feel of an independent festival, and the curators are incredibly supportive of local filmmakers.
    They have had some projector brightness issues in the past, but I know that the team behind Beeston are aware of this, and they will be looking to fix it in the future. But this is a minor criticism for a generally brilliant festival.

    May 2017
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    Elvis Leon

    Beeston is a hidden gem! We didn't know what to expect when we arrived, but we were quickly embraced with open arms. This festival is creating a fantastic community of filmmakers and artists. Looking forward to attending again in the future.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Leon, many thanks, see you in the autumn, cheers, John

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    Orson Cornick

    Beeston Film Festival was fantastic to be a part of and certainly one to watch! The care and attention given to the Filmmaker's experience is incredible. The organiser is a filmmaker himself which means he understands the highs and lows of the festival circuit. Beeston will always be our friend... and we encourage other filmmakers to shake hands with them too.

    May 2017
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    Georgianna Scurfield

    This was the first film festival I entered. Organisers are very approachable and the whole festival was extremely warm and welcoming. A great community to be a part of.

    May 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks :-)

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    Peter Hatter

    The first time I've had my work shown at a festival and the first I've attended so I had no preconceptions about what to expect. The Beeston International Film Festival has now set a high bar as I enjoyed being a part of it. John Currie the festival director was really helpful and always on hand to answer any questions. There was a great selection of films from around the World, a friendly atmosphere and I got to meet a lot of interesting people who were very passionate about filmmaking.

    May 2017