8th Annual

British Independent Film Festival

May 12, 2017 to May 13, 2017

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The Film Festival Guild
20 Bunhill Row
London EC1Y 8UE
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 07955 010577

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Film
Any film over 55 minutes in length.
Films with distribution are allowed.
Films that have already screened are allowed.
Short Film
Any film under 55 minutes in length.
Student Film
Any student film with a running time under 55 minutes.
Music Video
Any music video under 15 minutes in length.
A documentary (including factual, non-factual & mockumentary) of any length.
Unproduced Screenplay
A screenplay that has not been produced prior to submission.


The British Independent Film Festival is an event designed to showcase independent films from around the world with a focus on British talent.

Our aim is to bring maximum exposure to independent films, by having multiple screenings of your movie and national press coverage. We arrange interviews for film-makers, a red carpet experience at your Leicester Square premiere and ensure a packed house watches your film.

Also, movies that make our Official Selection are nominated for our prestigious awards at the closing Awards Ceremony.


The British Independent Film Festival is a festival run by independent filmmakers for independent filmmakers. It is organised by the Film Festival Guild and therefore has links to festivals around the world.

The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened at great red carpet-style venues to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public.

The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking. BIFF 2017 will be hosted at the Empire Cinema, in Leicester Square. We went to 5 screens across the UK in 2012 and 10 screens in 2013, and we always aim to grow.

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious British Lion Award for Achievement in Film on a Low Budget.

Every year the festival screens at a variety of venues across the UK, increasing exposure for your film and giving new audiences the chance to enjoy your movie.

*Please note that the British Independent Film Festival is not affiliated with the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).*


Stuart Brennan (Director)


British Independent Film Festival 2017
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
The British Independent Film Festival will take place in May 2017. The absolute final submission deadline is as dictated on withoutabox.com. The category winners (see 8.) will be announced after the Festival. The venues for each category will be announced closer to the Festival.

2. Competition
The Festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the Festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your films is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a time and date of our choosing.

3. Formats
For the selection process acceptable formats: DVD & Online Screener.
For Screenplay submissions acceptable formats are: .PDF on DVD/ CD, hard copy bound scripts, or online submissions.
For successful submissions that are granted a screening: DCP, Blu-Ray or DVD.

Final date for submissions is as dictated on withoutabox.com
Please address your entry to:

The Film Festival Guild
British Independent Film Festival
25-29 Harper Road
London Bridge

4. Selection
The Festival is organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

5. Entry Returns
We do not return submission entries.

6. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organisers at least 7 days before any scheduled screening.

7. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

8. Categories
Short Film, Feature Film, Student Film, Music Video, Documentary, Screenplay. Please note that if we do not receive enough acceptable submissions for each category, we will merge them e.g. Student films will be moved into short films.

* British Lion Award - Best Achievement in Film
* Best Feature Film
* Best Short Film
* Best Music Video
* Best Student Film
* Best Documentary
* Best Up & Coming Director
* Best Up & Coming Producer
* Best Actor
* Best Actress
* Best Young Actor
* Best Young Actress
* Best Animation
* Best Script
* Best New Screenplay
* Most Original New Screenplay

Eligibility for British Lion Award - Evidence must be given that the production company, producers, director or majority of the crew are British based or born. Or the majority of the film was shot in Britain.

Eligibilty for Student Awards - The producers of the film and/ or director must have been a student when the film was produced.

Awards may be subject to change at the discretion of the Film Festival Guild.

9. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and VOTING
There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screening and awards. The administrators' decision is final.


I have read all of the British Independent Film Festival 2017 ‘Rules for Participation’.
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 the Festival 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 Festival rules will result in disqualification and forfeiture of any entry fee.
The Festival reserves the right to use a clip and/ or clips from accepted entries, up to three minutes in length, or 25 words in length for screenplays, for publicity purposes. I agree to hold the British Independent Film Festival and the Film Festival Guild 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 the Festival. Once submitted I agree to the Festival showing my film if it wins at a time and date of the Guild's choosing.