27th Annual

FilmBath (Previously Bath Film Festival)

November 01, 2018 to November 11, 2018

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2nd Floor, Abbey Chambers
Kingston Parade
Bath Somerset BA1 1LY
United Kingdom
Phone: 01225 463 458

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FilmBath IMDb Script to Screen Award
A competition, open to all comers from anywhere in the world, to write a script for a short film (5 - 10 mins). The prize is £5,000 to make the film of your script, a title page on IMDb, and the extremely rare IMDb enamel badge, £1,000-worth of hire kit from Visual Impact.

NB: we offer script surgery before submission. Send your script to: scriptsurgeon@bathfilmfestival.org.uk before May 1st to receive feedback on your script.
FilmBath IMDb New Filmmaker Award
This is an award for the best short film (between 1-10 minutes) made by a first time film-maker.

The prize is £1,000 to go towards the winner's next film plus a title page on IMDb, an IMDb enamel badge, £1,000-worth of hire kit from Visual Impact and help with distribution to other film festivals.

We accept entries of particularly brilliant - original, well made, insightful etc - shorts of between 1 and 10 minutes to be screened before features during Bath Film Festival 2017 (we screen between 20 and 30 sorts before features each year).


FilmBath (previously Bath Film Festival) is a showcase for the most creative, intelligent, and thought provoking new films and film events in the South West of England, providing opportunities for new film makers and reaching a diverse audience from the local area and beyond.

Our mission is to amplify diverse voices.


FilmBath (previously Bath Film Festival) is the heart of the film world in Bath, and the home of the FilmBath Festival.

In 1990, Bath Film Society screened a handful of French films. They were so successful that the society was left with £50 profit. Buoyed up by this, Chris Baker approached local businessman and film buff, Philip Raby and the three cinemas which were in Bath at the time and suggested a film festival. £1,800 was raised and in 1991 Bath Film Festival was born.

Since then, locations have changed and been added to, eminent industry names have given their patronage and film distributors have recognised that FilmBath Festival is a great outlet for previews of their upcoming gems.

As well as previews and Bath debuts, the festival is known for its range of feature documentaries and annual ‘Sound to Silent’ feature where we commission a musician to compose and perform original music for a silent film.

In 2014 we introduced a new rating to highlight the massive gender imbalance in film, on and off screen. The F-Rating is awarded to every film which ticks yes to the one of the following questions:

1. Does it have a female director?

2. Is it written by a woman?

3. Is/are there complex female characters on screen who exist in their own right (not simply there to support to the male lead)?

Of course, FilmBath is more than a great programme of films. We also promote emerging talent and host industry workshops, run an awards scheme (in association with IMDb), a competition for 14 - 19 year olds to write a score for a short, and take films out into the rural communities with our Community Cinema screenings.


Holly Tarquini (Director); Holly Tarquini (Producer); Philip Raby (Director); Philip Raby (Director)


Please check the rules for the category you are interested in.

PLEASE do not ask for a fee waiver.

We do not offer fee waivers because a) we are a charity, just as impoverish as any filmmaker and b) we have to be fair to all and it would be unfair to offer a waiver to some and not to others.

We source our own features.

NB: Payment of submission fee does NOT guarantee that your film will be screened.

We will of course read ALL scripts submitted, and watch ALL films submitted.

We also contact ALL submitters whether or not they are successful. If you have not heard form us by mid October, please check your spam, thank you.


Competition Certification:

I have read all of the Category Rules for submitting material to FilmBath. I understand them and will comply with these rules. I warrant the submission of my original work and there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission. I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead and I fully indemnify FilmBath against any claim made for such violations of law.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements herein are true and correct. I understand that failure to adhere to the FilmBath rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any entry fee.

FilmBath reserves the right to use a clip and/or clips from accepted entries, up to three minutes in length for publicity purposes. I agree to hold FilmBath harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgements, liabilities, and expenses (including legal fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims by third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film submitted by myself to FilmBath. Once submitted I agree to FilmBath showing my film if it wins/is selected at a time and date of the organisation’s choosing during the 2018 festival.