British Documentary Film Festival

BDFF // British Documentary Film Festival

7th edition

Apr 30 - Apr 30, 2020
London, United Kingdom

Open Call May 16, 2019 - Apr 03, 2020  Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Docu-feature, Documentary
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short
Genre Action, Adventure, Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, B-Movie, Biography, Burlesque, Classics, Comedy, Comedy drama, Crime, Culture, Dance, Dark comedy, Drama, Dramedy, Environmental, Family, Fantastic, Fantasy, Film noir, Flash, Foreign, Health, Hip Hop, History, Horror, Human rights, Independent, Kids, LGBT, Live Action, Medical, Melodrama, Microcinema, Mockumentary, Music, Musical, Mystery, Nature, News, Parody, Post modern, Realism, Reality, Religious, Road Trip, Romance, Romantic comedy, Satire, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Spiritual, Sports, Surreal, Thriller, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War, Western

Mission / description So you'd like to submit your film to our festival? Great idea!

For six years we have been growing the British Documentary Film Festival and are proud of the dynamic, important and creative documentaries we have had the opportunity to screen in London’s prestigious Cineworld Cinema, Leicester Square.

We accept documentaries from all around the world, all lengths and all budgets. We’re looking for passionate stories, well told that need to be seen.

London has a thriving festival scene and we invite distributors, press, sales agents and financiers to each screening, so if you’re looking for ways to promote your film further, we’re here to help.

We have several awards up for grabs, to celebrate the very best of the submissions we receive, curated from our Official Selection. We look forward to supporting your work, so submit today!
full text less text

Festival website https://www.festivalreel.org/british-documentary-film-festival

Rate Favorite Share Submit your film SELECT SUBMISSION CATEGORY Student Documentaries Short Documentary Feature Length Documentaries

Student Documentaries

Description A documentary of any topic and length which was produced or directed by a student at the time of its filming.
Dates Open call: May 16, 2019

Early bird deadline: Sep 20, 2019
Regular deadline: Dec 20, 2019
Late deadline: Apr 03, 2020

Notification date: Apr 03, 2020
Fees
Plan OFF
Short
Plan OFF
Mid-length
Plan OFF
Full length
Plan ON
All lengths
Early bird deadline    12.14 EUR    13.64 EUR    15.14 EUR    9.15 EUR
Regular deadline    16.71 EUR    18.21 EUR    19.71 EUR    13.72 EUR
Latest deadline    25.87 EUR    27.37 EUR    28.87 EUR    22.88 EUR
Plan OFF prices include the FFL service fee; this is why a fee applies even for festivals without fees.
Plan ON prices guarantee the cheapest price among platforms.
Submitting with a Film Plan on FFL is cheaper than submitting 'for free' on other platforms.
Turn on your Film Plan now!
Restrictions Premiere status is not required
Category rules British Documentary Film Festival
Rules for Participation

1. Dates and Venue
The absolute final deadlines are as dictated on FilmFreeway. Category winners (see 8.) are announced after the festival. The venue for the festival will be the Cineworld in London, Leicester Square.

2. Competition
The festival reserves the right to place entries into alternative categories if they feel it is to the benefit of the title. Each submission must be entered separately. Entries will be assessed and successful submissions will be programmed for screening and enter the festival competition. Failure to submit a screener copy four weeks prior to the festival will rule out eligibility for an award. If your film is selected we reserve the right to show your film at a date and time of our choosing.

3. Subtitles
Any foreign language films must have english subtitles.

4. Formats
For the selection process a digital screener must be submitted via FilmFreeway. Screenplays must be submitted as a digital .PDF via the FilmFreeway.

Successful submissions that are granted a screening must submit a DCP.
*Please note we do not accept films shot in 4:3 unless the filmmaker has reformatted it to 16:9.

5. Selection
Festivals are organized by the Film Festival Guild. The festival directors reserve the right to invite films for the competition and programme. Screening schedule will be announced after the final submission deadline. The final award winning entries will be selected by a festival jury and audience votes. Award winners will be notified within 14 days of the festival screenings.

6. Entry Returns
We do not return submission entries.

7. Screenings
It is the responsibility of the entrant to ensure that films for screening are deposited with the festival organizers at least 7 days before any scheduled screening.

8. Publicity
We reserve the right to use extracts from submissions for festival publicity and marketing purposes. Press kits are not required, but are useful, so please feel free to send these with your submissions.

9. Categories

Feature Length Documentaries
Short Documentaries
Student Documentaries

10. Awards

The Environmental Award
The Wild Animal Award
The Heritage Award
Best Documentary​
Best International Short
Best British Short
Best Student Film

11. Submission, Selection for Screening, Awards and Voting
There are 3 distinct stages. Submission, screening and awards. The administrators' decision is final.