68th BFI London Film Festival submissions are open

Submissions for the 68th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express (October 2024) are now open.

BFI London Film Festival 2023 – audience at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall © Millie Turner

Final deadline dates for receipt of online submission forms and film screeners

  • UK and Ireland short films (25 mins or less) – Friday 24 May 2024, 17:00 BST
  • UK and Ireland mid-length films (26 to 50 mins) – Friday 24 May 2024, 17:00 BST
  • UK and Ireland feature-length films only (more than 50 mins) – Friday 24 May 2024, 17:00 BST

We are pleased to open our submission for LFF 2024 to UK and Irish shorts and features.

Each year the BFI London Film Festival presents a selection of the best in world cinema, showing audiences a wide array of films, representing a variety of languages, genres and filmmaking styles.

The LFF showcases exceptional British filmmaking alongside international work, and the programme spans features, shorts, fiction, documentary, artists’ moving image, restorations, animation and films for families, alongside titles destined for awards-season glory.

Seeking films for selection, our programmers view films at other festivals, follow alumni filmmakers’ work and research films in production from UK distributors and international partners, actively tracking new work from different territories.

The submissions process enables us to be open to filmmakers who wish for their films to be considered, so the festival can encounter fresh filmmaking voices that may not reach us by other means, ensuring we consider the widest possible pool of new work, from directorial debuts to established talent.

We are no longer accepting any international feature, mid-length or short film submissions via our open submissions platform.

How to submit

Firstly, please read through the guidelines and regulations before submitting a film for our consideration. It won’t take long and is very important to check that your film is eligible. You can download the PDF guidelines and regulations below.

Then, for all films, UK and Irish, shorts, mid-length and feature submissions, please complete the online form and PayPal payment.

Fees

For UK features or short films please see point 9 of the guidelines and regulations for information regarding ‘UK production’ classification.

All deadline times are local British time, GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or BST (British Summer Time). Fees are as follows:

Fee for UK and Ireland feature films

  • Early Bird £35 if received by Wednesday 27 March 2024, 17:00 BST
  • Regular £45 if received Wednesday 27 March 2024, 17:01 BST – Wednesday 8 May 2024, 17.00 BST
  • Late submission £75 if received Wednesday 8 May 2024, 17:01 BST – Friday 24 May 2024, 17:00 BST

Fee for UK and Ireland short and mid-length films

  • Early Bird £18 if received by Wednesday 27 March 2024, 17:00 BST
  • Regular £24 if received Wednesday 27 March 2024, 17:01 BST – Wednesday 8 May 2024, 17:00 BST
  • Late submission £40 if received Wednesday 8 May 2024, 17:01 BST – Friday 24 May 2024, 17:00 BST

For any queries regarding film submissions please email lffsubmissions@bfi.org.uk.