3rd Annual

Let's All Be Free Film Festival

October 16, 2015 to October 18, 2015

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27 Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3AX
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7239 8287

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Short films up to 5 minutes in length, of any genre, that explore the theme of 'being free'.
Short Fiction
5 to 30 minute fiction film, exploring the theme of 'being free'.
Short Documentary
5 to 30 minute documentary film, exploring the theme of 'being free'.


The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival explores and celebrates what 'being free' means to people all over the world, via the medium of film.

We seek to create a comfortable and open forum that will encourage constructive dialogue and debate around the notion of being free, with the aim of creating greater understanding and awareness around this vital issue.

We want to use this enhanced knowledge and insight to implement a tangible, positive force for good in the world around us, and inspire others to do the same.

One of the ways we want to achieve this is through creative expression – through the powerful and timeless medium of film. We seek to find the best, boldest and brightest cinematic expressions of being free, and showcase them to the world. We want to know what being free means to you.

We welcome anyone who is interested in becoming involved, in whatever way they can. If you have something to say about what being free means to you, then we want to hear it.


The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is one part of a wider creative project, also entitled Let's All Be Free. This cross-platform initiative encompasses many things - the annual film festival; a creative platform for essays, photography, art and music exploring what it means to be free; an online exhibition space and community; a forum for discussion and debate; a regular blog; and short documentaries where people are asked what 'being free' means to them.

More more information about the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, you can check out our dedicated festival website at www.labfff.com.

To find out more about the wider Let's All Be Free project, please visit: www.letsallbefree.com.

The inaugural Let's All Be Free Film Festival was held at the Brunei Gallery in central London from 5th-7th April 2013. The in 2014, the festival was held at The Ritzy, Brixton from the 8th-10th April. Both were a resounding success. Hundreds of film-lovers, filmmakers, activists, academics, press, curious participants and the general public gathered to watch nearly 40 superb new short films from around the world – a truly diverse range of fascinating voices that explored what it means to be free. We hosted panel discussions and audience Q&As with high-profile guests such as BAFTA nominated director Kim Longinotto, Amnesty International, filmmaker and award-winning human rights activist Marijn Poels, civil liberties organisation Liberty, The Equality Trust, Institute for Fiscal Studies economist Prof. Richard Disney, and international filmmakers visiting from across the world to see their film on the big screen.

"The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival was brilliant – I really hope it’s back next year!” (Hannah Khalil, BBC)

“Definitely a bright new star on London’s film festival circuit and hopefully here to stay.” (Life Is A Festival)

"We loved being at Let's All Be Free! Amazing films and people!" (Rachael Henley, actress - Chronicles of Narnia)

"Wow - the Let's All Be Free Film Festival was one of the best independent film festivals I've been to in years." (Maggie Gogler, producer)

Let’s All Be Free was founded in 2012 by award-winning film director Tariq Nasir, who has been exploring issues of equality and what it means to be free all his life. Born in New York to an American mother and a Palestinian father, Tariq has lived in Palestine, Jordan, the UK and the US, and has always wanted to improve communication and understanding between people, a shared aim of the Let’s All Be Free project.

As well as having extensive experience in conflict resolution and diversity training, he has also led workshops to combat prejudice and has facilitated Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups. He has always been passionate about cross-cultural activities that aim to promote greater understanding between people.

With its overwhelmingly successful debut, The Let’s All Be Free Film Festival has caught the world’s attention and we want you to be part of the next one.


Nadia Nasir (Assistant Programmer); Tariq Nasir (Founder & Artistic Director)


All submissions must be short films (under 30 minutes) that relate to the theme of ‘being free’.

DEADLINES: All DVD submissions must arrive at our office by whichever deadline you apply to. It is not sufficient for the package to just be postmarked before or by the deadline. If a package arrives at our office after whichever deadline you have applied to, your submission will not be taken into consideration.

SUBMISSIONS: All films must be submitted via Withoutabox. Films not submitted via Withoutabox will not be considered.

SUBMISSION FORMATS: The only submission formats that are accepted are Secure Online Screeners (SOS) or Region 0 DVDs (these can be either NTSC or PAL). No other submission formats are accepted.

PRIOR SUBMISSIONS: An entry that has been previously submitted to the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival is not eligible unless it has been re-edited, or otherwise altered so that it is substantially a different film.

FEE WAIVERS: Fee waivers will not be granted under any circumstances.

WORKS IN PROGRESS: Works in progress will not be accepted for consideration.

LENGTH: Films are to be no more than 30 minutes in duration.

GENRE / TYPE: Films must not be over 30 minutes (i.e. no feature films), and must not be music videos, commercials/promos, corporate videos or educational videos.

SUBTITLES: All films not in English language must be subtitled in English.

COMPLETION DATE: All films must have been completed from 1st January 2012 onwards, except for student films which must have been completed from 1st July 2012 onwards.

POSTAGE / CUSTOMS: All postage and customs costs are the responsibility of the sender. Films will not be taken into consideration if received after the late deadline (postmarked before the deadline is not sufficient). Submission DVDs will not be returned.

EXHIBITION FORMATS: The only accepted exhibition formats are .mov or .mpeg digital files.

PROMOTIONAL USE: Let’s All Be Free Film Festival reserves the rights to use up to 30 seconds of all selected films, trailers and press kits for promotional purposes.

Have any questions about the festival? We have lots of information on our FAQ page (http://letsallbefree.com/WORDPRESS/frequently-asked-questions/) and on our General Guidelines/Rules page (http://letsallbefree.com/WORDPRESS/festival-guidelines/) - please make sure you read both carefully!



All films that are submitted must be the entrant’s original work and shall not infringe on any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Contestants agree that they have obtained all required permissions regarding music, sound and/or images presented in the film. By entering the competition, the entrant agrees that the Let's All Be Free Film Festival will not be held liable for any copyright infringements perpetrated by you or your short film.

Entrants may enter more than one film into the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, but may not enter the same film into different categories.

The Let's All Be Free Film Festival reserves the right to not screen any film(s) for any reason it deems valid.

Winners will be required to sign an affidavit confirming that their short film is original and he/she holds all rights. Failure to sign and return the form within the required time period (30 days) or provision of false information may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Affidavits of winners under 18 years of age at time of award must be countersigned by parent or legal guardian. Affidavits are subject to verification by the Let's All Be Free Film Festival and its agents.

Entrants will retain all ownership rights to their films submitted.

Entry materials submitted will not be returned to the entrant. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival is not responsible for late, lost, damaged, misdirected, postage due, stolen, or misappropriated entries.

Winners are selected by a judging panel of industry professionals who may be substituted at the discretion of the competition organizers. All entries are judged equally based on these 6 areas: Compliance to the theme of the festival (exploring, discussing or examining the different types of freedom and what it means to be free – or not – in the world today); Content Originality (quality of storyline, and script); Production (camera work, lighting, and shot composition); Post-Production (editing, transitions, pacing, continuity, and flow); Image (focus, colour, and lighting); Sound Quality (clarity, consistency of audio levels, and lack of noise).

Winners will be announced on 6th April 2014 and will be notified by email, and will also be listed on the festival website at www.labfff.com. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will use its best efforts to announce the winners at the designated time, but will not be held liable for any unforeseen delays.

All prizes will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form, and division of prizes among co-directors is the responsibility of the winners. However, multiple directors will be listed on our website and in all press releases. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will use its best efforts to send prizes out in a timely fashion. All federal, state, and local taxes, and customs fees, when applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner. The Let's All Be Free Film Festival will not pay any winners' taxes. Please note that any prizes which are sent to winners from Sponsors may take longer than prizes sent directly from the Let's All Be Free Film Festival. If the winner has not received any portion of sponsored prizes within 180 days and has not responded to the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, the Let's All Be Free Film Festival will no longer be responsible for delivery of sponsored prizes.

By entering the Let's All Be Free Film Festival, contestants and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of the competition and its judges, which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official competition rules and regulations as established herein. Employees, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible. If entrant is under 18 years old, the signature of a parent or guardian is required.

The Let's All Be Free Film Festival reserves the right to extend the competition deadline for any unforeseen reasons if needed. Entry constitutes permission to use winner's name, likeness, and voice for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Entrant also agrees for Let’s All Be Free Film Festival to use the press kit the entrant will send, including trailer and a 30 seconds extract of the film (without plot spoiler) for advertising and publicity purpose. Void where prohibited.