8th BFI Future Film Festival

The BFI Future Film Festival is back for its eighth year, and is bigger and better than ever!

Demonstrating film production equipment at the 2013 Future Film Festival

Demonstrating film production equipment at the 2013 Future Film Festival

Submission deadline extended to 14 November 2014!

Dates have been set for the next BFI Future Film Festival and we couldn’t be more excited! Over a three-day weekend between 20-22 February 2015, we’ll be hosting an incredible line up of practical workshops, masterclasses, screenings and Q+A’s, plus networking opportunities for young aspiring filmmakers aged 15-25. Last year more than 1,000 young people were joined by industry experts, special guests and emerging talent to provide you with the skills and the know-how to take your creative aspirations and film industry careers to the next level. So whether you’re a filmmaking graduate, a YouTube content creator, a media studies student, or even if you’ve never picked up a camera before but just love film, there’ll be plenty for you to see, do and be part of at the 8th Future Film Festival.

Each day of the festival has a different focus:

  • Friday 20 Feb will be our new Animation+ day, with events that cover digital moving-image arts, music videos, gaming, coding alongside new and traditional methods of animation
  • Saturday 21 Feb is all about fiction storytelling on film, including comedy, drama and genre filmmaking for shorts, features and online
  • Sunday 22 Feb will explore documentary filmmaking, both as an art form and specialist career.

Two future film stars hone their interview and photography skills at the 2013 festival

Two future film stars hone their interview and photography skills at the 2013 festival

Throughout the weekend there will be different events and practical sessions for aspiring producers, writers, directors, production designers, and production & post-production technicians (cinematographers, sound specialists, editors, VFX artists etc).

We’ll be screening and awarding some amazing prizes to talented young filmmakers who submit their short films to the festival.

We also have Future Film Festival Awards, supported by The Chapman Charitable Trust with prizes of £500 for the best short films made by young filmmakers in our fiction, documentary and animation+ categories, and a new Best International Film Award, supported by London School of English/LondonSchool Trust with a cash prize of £500 and financial support to the winner young filmmaker to attend the Future Film Festival from overseas. On top of that our two new BFI Raw prizes of £5000 and industry mentoring will recognise and support young filmmakers with raw talent to develop their skills, make a new film and progress their careers. Best of all it’s free to enter your film to the festival.

For more details and information on how to submit your film, download and fill in the form below.

We’re putting together our programme for the festival right now, but if you’ve never been to the BFI Future Film Festival before why not check out last year’s programme to see what we’re all about.

See you at the Festival, and don’t forget to keep checking back here, on ideastap.com and on our Facebook page for more details and announcements about the 8th BFI Future Film Festival.

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