Submit your film for the 2023 festival

The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s largest festival for young, emerging filmmakers.

The festival runs across four days in February, with events and screenings taking place both online and in-venue at the BFI Southbank, all of which are focused on helping talented young filmmakers aged 16 to 25 to break into the film and screen industries.

Are you a filmmaker aged 16 to 25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 16th BFI Future Film Festival in February 2023?

We’re now inviting filmmakers to submit their short films for next year’s festival, and if selected you will have the opportunity to win cash prizes, equipment, as well as mentoring support to help with the next steps in your career.

Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter. You must have been aged 16 to 25 when you made the film.

Final deadline: 9 September


Watch 2022 festival events

A selection of free online industry panel discussions, masterclasses, and Hot Spot interviews, now available online for free on the BFI YouTube channel.

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Festival programme 2022

Industry events

Join us for panels, masterclasses, interviews, and workshops across a range of topics and themes.

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Hot spots

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

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Other events

Join us for keynotes, quizzes, exclusive online events and more.

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We will host screenings at BFI Southbank, and the films will be free on BFI Player from Thursday 17 February until Thursday 3 March 2022.

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How to book

This year, we’re offering both in-venue and online events.

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Festival information

About the festival

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Access at the festival

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Festival awards

On 20 February we will reveal our prize winners at the 15th BFI Future Film Festival Awards Ceremony supported by Netflix.

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Festival jury

Our festival jury selects the winners of three prizes: Best Film, Best Director and Best New Talent.

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News and updates

All the news and updates from the festival.

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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 courses, curatorial positions, or traineeships.

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

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