Are you a filmmaker on a low or no budget? We’ve put together a list of FIVE UK film festivals you can submit to NOW for under a tenner…better still, some festivals won’t charge you a penny to submit! Here’s what we’ve found. Good luck!
Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham 4-9 April 2017
Cost to submit: £10
The festival takes place in venues all over Birmingham.
They screen all types and genres of film but the programme has a slight emphasis towards animation, music, documentary, experimental work, handmade oddities, and that kind of thing.
Go here for more info: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/submissions/
East End Film Festival, London, June 2017
Cost to submit: Short Films under 20 minutes £10 before Early bird deadline 1 February
Free submission for residents, employees and students of Tower Hamlets.
The East End Film Festival is one of the UK’s largest film festivals. An annual multi-platform festival held in London, the EEFF presents a rich and diverse programme of international premieres, industry masterclasses, free pop-up screenings and immersive live events.
Go here for more info: http://www.eastendfilmfestival.com
Dead By Dawn 20-23 April 2017
Cost to submit: Free submission by deadline 10 February
Scotland’s International Horror Film Festival. It is the UK’s longest running genre film festival, established in 1993. It is a unique festival, celebrating the finest independent film-making with a focus on emerging talent. Our approach to horror is broad; story is paramount, as are humour, suspense and atmosphere.
Go here for more info: http://www.deadbydawn.co.uk/submissions/
Norwich Film Festival, November 17-19 2017 (TBC).
Cost to submit: £1 One Minute Movie Competition
The festival organisers are challenging filmmakers from all over the world to make the best movie they possibly can that lasts exactly sixty seconds. Selected films will be screened throughout the festival and on their web services, while the best film chosen by their panel of judges will have the honour of being this year’s opening film.
Submission deadline is 31 July
Go here for more info: http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/submit-your-film
Plymouth Film Festival 27-29 May 2017
Cost to submit: Student entries and South West direct entries cost £10 until 1 March 2017
The Plymouth Film Festival is a celebration of film, created and curated with filmmakers in mind. The festival is about more than just watching films, and they strive to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all attendees to enjoy and discuss between screening blocks in comfortable and relaxed environments. A lot of the value they offer comes from attending and enjoying the event, meeting other filmmakers, and getting the audience reactions to your film.
Go here for more info: http://www.plymouthfilmfestival.co.uk/