20th Annual

Bradford International Film Festival

March 27, 2014 to April 06, 2014

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National Media Museum
Bradford West Yorkshire BD1 1NQ
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1274 203 323
Fax: +44 (0)1274 203 387

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To be accepted within BIFF's line-up, a feature must run no less than 60 minutes.
For pragmatic reasons Bradford Intl. Film Festival defines a short film as running less than 20 minutes. We can accept films that are between 20 and 60 minutes into this category, but please be aware that it may be more difficult to find programme slots for mid-length films.
European Competition
The 2014 edition of Bradford International Film Festival will include a competition for new European films. A winning film will be decided during the festival by an independent panel of invited judges. There will be an award for the winning film, details of which are to be announced.

To qualify, entries must have been produced in 2012 or 2013, have a running time of between 60 minutes and 120 minutes, do not have an arrangement for distribution in the UK, and have been produced either in an EU country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK) or Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland. UK premiere status is not a requirement, though will be seen as desirable.


The aims of the annual Bradford International Film Festival:

To showcase distinctive new films, with an emphasis on integrity and artistic vision.

To provide an interface between visitors and the industry.

To enhance the industry and public understandings of film culture and film history.

To create convivial events that foster exchanges of ideas.


Bradford International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated and exciting events in the UK film calendar. In its 19 editions to date BIFF has presented thousands of films, and included definitive and interesting retrospectives, and an array of special guests.

BIFF represents cinema in a great variety of forms, genres and formats, and selects many new independent films from around the world that are exclusive to us. BIFF champions distinctive new works, and offers platforms for filmmakers to showcase their work alongside an array of European and international peers in the world's first UNESCO City of Film. All films are programmed and exhibited with great care and attention. Our programmers are interested in creating the best and most interesting contexts possible, and in showing films in world-class screening conditions at the National Media Museum and satellite venues. Short films are often screened in programmes with feature films. This is to avoid creating separate ghettos for shorts, and to reach potentially greater audiences via higher-profile screening slots. The festival includes a competition for short films, and one for non-British European feature films. Please see the previous edition’s programme for more information: http://bit.ly/13JjFbj

BIFF seeks an egalitarian approach, and is keen to invite as many selected filmmakers as possible to Bradford. Wherever possible we can try to provide accommodation for selected filmmakers so that they can meet audiences and other guests.


Fozia Bano (Festivals and Events Producer); Kathryn Penny (Film Business Manager); Neil Young (Co-Director and Senior Programmer); Rebecca Hill (Film Festivals Assistant)


If you are a filmmaker and wish to submit your work to Bradford International Film Festival, then send your screener, on DVD, to:

Film Submissions,
Rebecca Hill
20th Bradford Intl. Film Festival,
Film Dept,
National Media Museum,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 1NQ,
England, UK

* Filmmakers are strongly advised to ensure that they have the authority to submit their film for festival screening and that any copyrighted music has been permitted/cleared for use.

* DVD screeners and EPKs are non-returnable.

* Wherever possible the Festival prefers to present submissions as UK premieres. However this is not a requirement of entry.


Bradford International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Bradford International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.