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Film Festivals - UK

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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:

Britfilms
Britfilms 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.

LUX
The LUX website contains extensive information for individuals and organisations. It includes a comprehensive listing of festivals open to artists' film and video in theResourcesection of their website as well as in theirDistribution Guide.

Withoutabox
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.


Artists' Moving Image Festivals


These festivals are not always open to submissions or proposals for work. If you are interested in a particular festival that you think will be good for your work contact the festival programmer and to see if they would be interested in receiving a preview tape or description of your work.


Evolution
Lumen, Monarch House, Queen Street, Leeds LS1 1LX
Tel: 0113  246 9850
Email: william.rose@lumen.org.uk (Program Director) 
Evolution explores experimental and avant-garde approaches to film / video and media art. Over the space of a week, international artists, film-makers and curators participate in talks, screenings, live performances, workshops and exhibitions. The Evolution program is organised by Lumen for the Leeds International Film Festival.
Date: TBC - See website 
Deadline: See website
Fee: None

Kill Your Timid Notion
Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY
Tel: 01382 909 900
Email: info@killyourtimidnotion.org
Kill Your Timid Notion is a celebration of risk taking pioneers from the world of avant-garde and underground music, moving image and visual art. The annual festival includes performances, film screenings and happenings from artists experimenting in sound and image. The festival also encompasses an academic symposium and a number of informal contextual events and discussions.
Date: Feb - See website
Deadline: See website
Fee: See website

Onedotzero
Unit 212c Curtain House, 134-146 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR
Tel: 020 7729 0072
Email: info@onedotzero.com 
Onedotzero's annual festival explores new forms of moving image across music video, computer gaming, cinematics, architecture, motion graphics, new media, feature films and graphic-inflected narrative shorts and documentaries with a series of panels, presentations, and live events. There are no awards and submissions must be under 45mins in length.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

S1 / Salon
S/1 Artspace, Units 4a - 6b  Trafalgar Court, Milton Street, Sheffield S1 4JU
Tel: 0114 2493386
Email: projects@s1artspace.org 
S1 / Salon is a season of artist short film and video programmes hosted in the project space at S1 Artspace, Sheffield. Over the past two years the salons have screened over eighty films by artists based in the UK and overseas. Programmes from the first season have been hosted in exhibition spaces across the UK. S1 / Salon is curated around material selected from an open call with the intention of creating a platform for presenting artist film and video without prescribed themes or categories. There are no stipulations for material other than the work must be under 30 minutes. Each salon features archive material selected by an artist working in the moving image.
Dates: See website
Deadline: See website 
Fee: None


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.

Bradford Film Festival

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford BD1 1NQ
Tel: 01274 203 320
Email: tony.earnshaw@nmsi.ac.uk
Categories for features, shorts, documentary and experimental films made during the previous two years.  Films must be supplied on 16mm, 35mm (optical sound), Beta SP (PAL) or DVD.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

Chichester Film Festival
Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester PO19 7XY
Tel: 01243 786 650
Email: info@chichestercinema.org
Categories for international shorts (under 15 minutes), comedy, drama, experimental, documentary and young film-makers.  Entries should be on 16mm, 35mm, Beta SP, DVD.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: Yes - see website

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ
Tel: 0131 228 4051
Email: info@edfilmfest.org.uk
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None (animation, Mirroball only)

Leeds International Film Festival
Film Festivals Office, PO Box 596, Leeds LS2 8YQ
Tel: 0113 247 8398
Email: filmfestival@leeds.gov.uk  
The festival screens a wide range of features, documentary, animation, shorts and experimental work in various venues across the city.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fee: None

Raindance Film Festival
Raindance Film Festival Ltd, 81 Berwick Street, London W1V 3PF
Tel: 020 7287 3833
Email: info@raindance.co.uk 
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: 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.


Encounters - Bristol International Short Film Festival
Watershed Media Centre, 1 Canon's Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX
Tel: 0117 929 9188
Email: info@encounters-festival.org.uk
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website 
Fees: None 

London Short Film Festival
Email: info@shortfilms.org.uk   
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: See website


Speciality Film Festivals

These are festivals that show a wide range of work but are guided by a central criteria or theme. All have potential to include artists’ work.


BFM International Film Festival
Suite 13, 5 Blackhorse Lane, London E17 6DS
Tel: 020 8531 9111
Email: festival@bfmmedia.com 
bfm International Film Festival screens a range of work including features, shorts, documentary, animation and experimental films, which highlight the range and diversity of black films and film-makers from around the world. The festival has awards for: best UK short, best cinematography, best screenplay, best actor, best actress, best editing and best international feature film.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

The Birds Eye View Film Festival
Unit 310a, Aberdeen Centre, 22-24 Highbury Grove, London N5 2EA
Contact: Rachel Millward (Festival Director)
Tel: 020 7288 7444
Email: rachel@birds-eye-view.co.uk 
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: £10 shorts, £20 for 30-60mins, £30 feature

London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (LLGFF)
South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT
Contact: Anna Dunwoodie
Tel: 020 7815 1322 / 23
Email: anna.dunwoodie@bfi.org.uk
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.
Date: See website
Deadline: See website
Fees: None

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