BIFA 2019 Short Film Entries Open – Final Deadline 30th August

By August 7, 2019Uncategorized
BIFA is now accepting entries for the Best British Short Film Award, supported by BFI NETWORK, for the 2019 Awards ceremony. See the below call for submissions from BIFA, and please read carefully as there are a few small changes this year:


Entering a short film to BIFA is still free for the majority of the time that entries are open. However, there are some new deadlines and fees towards the end of the entry period. To avoid these, please enter your films as early as possible!

The new deadlines & entry fees for short films are*:

Entries open to midnight 8th August – FREE

9th August to midnight 22nd August – £15

23rd August to midnight 30th August – £30

(*These prices exclude VAT)

Friday 30th August is the final entry deadline and no entries will be accepted after this date.

If you can’t enter your film before the fees kick in (eg. if you won’t hear about a festival acceptance until after the 8th August), please contact us on and we may be able to issue a fee waiver.


The following festivals have been added to the list of festivals that qualify short films to enter the category:

Bechdel Test Fest – Annual

BFI Future Film Festival – February

East End Film Festival – April

Iris Prize – October

Open City Docs – September

UK Jewish Film Festival – November

You can see the full list of BIFA 2019 qualifying film festivals for short films here.


We have also updated our list of qualifying online channels, which is now:


The Guardian Docs

New York Times Op-Docs

Field of Vision


BBC Three

Channel 4



The following festivals have been removed from the list. If your film has played at one of these festivals and you wish to enter it to BIFA, you can get in touch to ask for an exception to be made:

Amsterdam Int’l Doc Film Fest

Gothenburg Int’l Film Festival

Slamdance Film Festival

Aspen Shortsfest

Hot Docs Film Festival

Stockholm Int’l Film Festival

Bilbao Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

Tampere Int’l Short Film

Brest European Short Film Festival

Melbourne Int’l Film Festival

Telluride Film Festival

Chicago Int’l Film Festival

New York Int’ lFilm Festival

Uppsala Int’l Short Film Festival

Flanders Int’l Film Festival

Oberhausen Int’l Short Film Festival



We’d like to get more short film filmmakers aware of, and thinking about, the BFI Diversity Standards. We will be asking all entrants to familiarise themselves with the Diversity Standards and to informally assess their films against them as part of the entry process. You don’t need to formally meet the Standards but you do need to tell us how your project contributes to meeting their aims.

You can read more about the BFI Diversity Standards here.


We will no longer be accepting entries of music videos, fashion or experimental films. The category is for short fiction or documentary films.


  1. Read the rules – here
  2. Head on over to our Entries page
  3. If you already have an account, log in
  4. If you don’t already have an account, create one via the ‘Register’ tab
  5. Log in to your account and head back to the Entries page  (if you aren’t there already)
  6. Click on the ‘New Entry’ button and fill in the form

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