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September 2017 | My First Job in Film

With up to £25,000 up for grabs, submit now to the BFI Future Film Festival.

Calling all filmmakers between 16-25!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to enter the BFI Future Film Festival, held in February 2018. 

If you have made a short film, 10 minutes and under and produced in the last two years, submit here for a chance to win up to £25,000 in prizes. 

The festival prides itself on supporting emerging filmmaking talent in the UK. There will be masterclasses and seminars, Q and A's, networking sessions and of course screenings. Previous festival winners and alumni have gone on to launch successful careers in the film and TV industry, so as it's the 10th anniversary of the festival, they will be celebrating past successes alongside this years new entrants. 

This years backstage space will be sponsored by Blackmagic Design, so not only will you be able to get your hands on their latest products, the space is open to guest speakers and fellow filmmakers eager to enhance their skills and knowledge. 

Please see below for the festivals regulations:


Before you send us your film please make sure you have read the following:

  • The director, producer and the majority of the production crew should be aged 25 or under at the time the film was made. For the avoidance of doubt this does not include the actors who can be of any age.

  • Films must not have been completed earlier than 31 August 2016.

  • Films can be any style or genre, but must be no more than 10 minutes in length

  • All the images and soundtracks used in your film must be your own or you must have permission of the copyright holder to use their music/images in your film

  • Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation

  • To be eligible for the Best International Short Film Award the filmmaker/submitter must be a non-UK passport holder whose normal domicile is outside the UK. (‘Normal domicile outside the UK’ meaning that the person has lived in the UK for less than 2 years and does not intend to stay permanently). International students currently studying in the UK and those within the country temporarily are eligible to apply.

  • By submitting your film to the Future Film Festival you give us permission to screen your film at screening(s) during the Festival and at special preview screenings or at spin off screenings such as BFI Raw Shorts events. You are also giving us permission to acquire the rights to put your film into the BFI National Film and Television Archive, to screen through BFI Player and other BFI Future Film Festival channels including online platforms and BFI partner platforms

  • Please send us a digital copy of your application with a working link to your film online (Youtube, Vimeo etc). Please note – we no longer accept DVD submissions.

  • Please submit two still images from your film, any poster artwork and press materials that can be used for promotional purposes (Hi resolution JPEG – no more than 3MB in size)

  • Films submitted for consideration must be clearly marked with the film title, director/filmmaker name, age, running time and a contact telephone number. Please ensure you have included everything you need requested in the pack and on the form

  • We do not guarantee films will be selected for the Future Film Festival and we are only able to notify successful short-listed applicants.

Selected Films

Not all selected films will be nominated for an award but all films will be screened during the festival.

If your film is longlisted:

  • We will contact you by email or Phone in December 2017 to inform you and request a downloadable high quality copy of your film from you; preferred formats are high quality Quicktime File or DCP

  • You will need to provide a detailed list of contributors

  • You may be asked to provide proof of age

If your film is selected from the longlist (i.e shortlisted):

  • You will be invited to attend the Future Film Festival and will receive a free delegate day pass each and additional allocated seats (for cast/crew or friends/family) for the screening selection that your film will feature in. We hope that, where possible, all filmmakers showcased at the festival are able to attend

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