The BFI Future Film Festival is for aspiring filmmakers aged 16 to 25 who want to learn from people already in the screen industry.

Whether you’ve just shot some footage on an iPhone or you’ve already got a couple of short films under your belt, if you want to make screen content as your career, BFI Future Film Festival is for you.

The festival aims to help you:

  • work on your storytelling and filmmaking skills
  • understand career pathways in the screen industry
  • find career and training opportunities
  • decide on the next steps to take
  • network and find your community
  • get to know the work of other young filmmakers
  • feel inspired to make your own films!

Festival programme

The festival runs for 4 days from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 February.

Industry events

Each day we’ll host a number of online industry events focused on a specific area of the screen industry. 

Our events programme is divided into strands:

Find your unique voice and develop your stories for the screen.

Business of film
Helping you more fully understand the business of independent filmmaking.

Career ladder
Insights into the range of different career and training opportunities that exist within the screen industries.

Hot spots
Hear directly from established screen professionals about their careers and tips to break into the industry.


We’ll be screening a programme of 45 short films from all over the world, made by filmmakers aged 16 to 25. These will be available to view for free on BFI Player for the 4 days of the festival.

These films were selected from over 1,000 submissions from 47 countries. A panel of 12 BFI Film Academy Young Programmers, all aged under 25, helped us shape the programme. 

We’ll be awarding prizes in 10 categories at this year’s BFI Future Film Festival. These prizes are judged by industry representatives, including a high-profile jury who judge the Best Film, Best Director and Best New Talent awards.

Film submissions

Our film programme was selected from an open call for submissions, run through FilmFreeway. We charged a small submission fee to enable us to pay our panel of Young Programmers, who watched all the films and helped us decide on the final programme.

Submissions for the 2022 BFI Future Film Festival will open in summer 2021.


BFI Future Film Festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners:

Supporting partners:

  • Black Dog Films
  • Digital Orchard
  • The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust
  • The London School of English
  • Chapman Charitable Trust
  • BlinkInk

BFI Film Academy

BFI Future Film Festival is presented by the BFI Film Academy team, who run events all year round to help young people break into the screen industries.

We’re dedicated to providing young people with as many opportunities as possible, whether through training programmes, curatorial positions or internships.

We love to hear from our audiences, so if you have any feedback, ideas or just want to say hi, please email us at