The following festivals either specialise in films made by young filmmakers, or have a strand dedicated to new works by young directors. Visit their websites for information on how to submit your film.

UK film festivals

UK film festivals for young filmmakers
Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
15 to 18 February 2018 BFI Future Film Festival London Open to young people
28 March to 5 April 2018 Leeds Young Film Festival Leeds Open to all
11 to 29 April 2018 East End Film Festival London Open to all
11 June 2018 Pen9 Film Festival Accrington Open to all
28 September 2018 Bedford Film Festival Bedford Open to all
October to November 2018 Cinemagic Belfast Open to young people
25 October to 1 November 2018 Cambridge Film Festival Cambridge Open to all
6 to 18 November 2018 Norwich Film Festival Norwich Open to all
7 to 23 November 2018 Into Film Festival UK to wide Open to all
9 to 11 November 2018 Cornwall Film Festival Cornwall Open to all
13 to 15 November 2018 Manchester Animation Festival Manchester Open to all
16 to 25 November 2018 Foyle Film Festival Derry / Londonderry Open to all
16 to 25 November 2018 Underwire Festival London Open to all
20 to 24 November 2018 UK Film Festival London Open to all
24 November to 2 December 2018 Kinofilm Festival Manchester Open to all
11 to 20 January 2019 London Short Film Festival London Open to all
7 to 10 March 2019 Watersprite – The Cambridge International Student Film Festival Cambridge Open to young people
13 to 17 March 2019 Glasgow Short Film Festival Glasgow Open to all
13 to 17 May 2019 The Animex International Festival of Animation and Computer Games Middlesbrough Open to all
5 June 2019 Rob Knox Film Festival Bexleyheath Open to young people
22 to 23 June 2019 Walthamstow International Film Festival London Open to all
1 to 6 July 2019 British Urban Film Festival London Open to all
4 to 10 September 2019 Open City Docs Fest London Open to all
13 to 15 September 2019 Glasgow Youth Film Festival Glasgow Open to young people
19 to 22 September 2019 Berwick Upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival Berwick to upon to Tweed Open to all
24 to 29 September 2019 Encounters Bristol Open to all
27 to 29 September 2019 Barnes Film Festival London Open to young people
11 October 2019 Wimbledon International Shorts Film Festival London Open to young people
6 to 10 November 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival York Open to all

 

International film festivals

International film festivals for young filmmakers
Festival dates Festival Location Who can apply?
8 to 23 February 2018 Mostra Internacional Cinema Educatiu València, Spain Open to all
16 to 28 March 2018 Young About Film Festival Bologna, Italy Open to all
28 May to 3 June 2018 International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival Varaždin, Croatia Open to young people
1 to 30 September 2018 Auburn International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults Auburn, Australia Open to all
25 to 28 October 2018 National Film Festival for Talented Youth Seattle, USA Open to young people
16 to 24 November 2018 Gijón International Film Festival for Young People Gijón, Spain Open to all
1 to 8 December 2018 Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People Athens, Greece Open to all
2 to 9 December 2018 International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! Poznań, Poland Open to young people
25 to 30 March 2019 Fresh Film Festival Limerick, Ireland Open to young people
5 to 14 April 2019 Sarasota Film Festival Florida, USA Open to all
2 to 12 May 2019 IndieLisboa International Film Festival Lisbon, Portugal Open to all
21 to 30 June 2019 Nordic Young Short Film Festival Tromsø, Norway Open to young people
22 to 23 June 2019 International Santa Monica Teen Film Festival Santa Monica, USA Open to young people
10 to 16 October 2019 Commfest Toronto, Canada Open to all