65th BFI London Film Festival

Call for entries

(Short films, all genres)


The BFI London Film Festival is currently accepting entries for its 2021 edition. Films must be submitted directly to the festival.

*The festival does not accept international feature film submissions.

  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry Fees: Yes



To be eligible, a film must

  • be 40 minutes or less;
  • have been produced within 12 months prior to the festival start;
  • Films that have screened before the previous BFI London Film Festival (October 2020) at international festivals are ineligible for open submission;
  • There are no premiere or prior screening restrictions for short films;
  • Shorts may have been broadcast on television or the internet, released via any home video outlet, and/or publicly screened anywhere in the world and still remain eligible for consideration by the Festival. While there is no premiere rule for films screening within the main programme, the festival does prioritize UK, European and World Premieres for the Short Film Competition.



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 BFI 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.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montréal
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