Each of the UK festivals listed here have a history of showing artists' moving image work. The listing is broken into four separate sections:
For further listings of festivals and assistance with approaching them we recommend the following sites:
British Council - Films
British Council Films contains many features detailing British film production (shorts and features). Their Directory of International Film and Video Festivals is a searchable database of 600 festivals around the world. You can search by genre, deadline, month country to find full details.
The LUX website contains extensive information for individuals and organisations. It includes a comprehensive listing of festivals open to artists' film and video in the Resourcesection of their website as well as in their Distribution Guide.
Withoutabox operates an online festival submission service. This service streamlines the entire festival submission process. Once signed up to their website (a fee is required) film-makers submit their details on the site and then can send these out directly to the numerous festivals collaborating with Withoutabox.
Major Film Festivals
This page features a selection of UK festivals dedicated to international cinema which show a range of feature films, shorts and documentaries. All these festivals also have a history of showing artists’ moving image work.
Cooke Suite, The Maltings Theatre and Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1AJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1289 303355
Taking place in historic venues across Englands most northerly town, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival includes exhibitions, film screenings and live events, as wll as a young filmmakers award, school screenings and family activities. The Festival hosts the Berwick New Cinema competition, an annual prize for artists' moving image and new filmmaking.
Chichester Film Festival
Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY
Tel: 01243 786 650
Categories for international shorts (under 15 minutes), comedy, drama, experimental, documentary and young film-makers. Entries should be on 16mm, 35mm, Beta SP, DVD.
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Tel: 0131 228 4051
Categories for features, shorts, documentary, animation, music promos, experimental and young person's films, submissions to be 70mm, 16mm, 35mm (occasional Beta, Digital Betacam, Super-16mm). Films submitted from outside the UK must have been produced during the two years before festival and British films during the year before festival. Awards include: McLaren award for new British animation and Michael Powell award for best new British feature.
Leeds International Film Festival
Film Festivals Office, PO Box 596, Leeds LS2 8YQ
Tel: 0113 247 8398
The festival screens a wide range of features, documentary, animation, shorts and experimental work in various venues across the city.
London Film Festival
National Film Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Contact: Sarah Lutton (Programme Co-ordinator)
Tel: 020 7815 1322
The Times bfi London Film Festival screens on average 280 films from 60 countries, presenting new film from the full spectrum of world cinema. The festivals program is broken into various sections. The Experimenta is dedicated to experiments with the moving image, including feature films, documentaries, short films, lectures and performances by film-makers and artists.
Raindance Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival Ltd, 81 Berwick Street, London W1V 3PF
Tel: 020 7287 3833
The Raindance festival is open to all independent films including features, documentary and shorts. They have a range of awards across all sections of the festival. They also run the Raindance East Film Festival that takes place in April in East London.
Fee: Contact festival for details
Short Film Festivals
The following list contains festivals dedicated to short film and video work. Short films are usually taken to be a work under 35mins in length, but check with each festival as they often have different definitions of what constitutes a short film.
Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
Tel: 0117 929 9188
Categories for live action, animation, drama, documentary, experimental, artists' film and video and mixed media, films should be under 30 minutes and must have been produced during the two years before festival. Entries must be on 35mm, 16mm, Beta SP (PAL), Digital Betacam or DVD.
London Short Film Festival
Programmes incorporate an eclectic range of short works (encompassing animation, music videos, experimental films etc) as well as live performances from film-makers, VJs and various bands. Work can be submitted on all formats but must be under 20 minutes in length. The festival has various awards including ICA award for the best film, Time Out film critics’, Hey Ladies award and LUX award for best experimental film.
Hull International Short Film Festival
Hull Film, Suite 12, Danish Buildings, 44–46 High Street, Hull HU1 1PS
Tel: 01482 381 512
Hull Film is dedicated to the exhibition and creation of short film as a crucial art form in its own right. Since 2001, Hull Film has organised the Hull International Short Film Festival, which acts as a showcase of short film with Hull Screen being the main venue.
Unit 310a, Aberdeen Centre, 22-24 Highbury Grove, London N5 2EA
Tel: 020 7288 7444
The first annual Birds Eye View Film Festival took place in 2005 at the National Film Theatre, ICA and Curzon cinemas in London. The festival featured dynamic and diverse programming of quality work during a week of screenings, educational events and talks. The festival is open to features, shorts, documentary, animation, experimental work as long as the director is female. There are no awards.
Fee: Sliding scale
London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF)
South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT
Tel: 020 7815 1322 / 23
London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, now in its 20th year, is the largest festival of its kind in Europe and is one of the most prestigious lesbian and gay events in the world. In 2005 it catered for an ever-widening range of cinematic tastes, including features, documentaries and shorts as well as new art and cultural events dealing with lesbian and gay identity and experience. LLGFF is a non-competitive festival, submissions are only open to UK premieres.