‘An extremely well run and friendly festival which I recommend everyone takes notice of.

We were lucky to win first prize in our age category. Barnes was the first win for Perched which has since been screened at over 100 festivals worldwide, winning 18 awards. It has also been seen at six Oscar qualifying screenings.’

Liam Harris (Winner 19+ 2016)

 

‘I was honoured to be a part of Barnes Film Festival. Everyone was warm and welcoming. There were so many wonderful screenings and talks on — it was hard to choose which ones to attend!

The festival has great panelists and judges: giving you access to industry professionals that you otherwise wouldn’t get.’

Esmé Hicks (Winner 19+ 2018)

‘To not only work at Barnes Film Festival, but to also win my category, was truly a special experience. The first film I made for the festival in 2016 was not chosen to be shown at the festival, but that only encouraged me more to create something different for the next year. Instead of being ignored after the fact, the judges gave very detailed and structured feedback and were more than happy to discuss the film at a later date. It was a project that focused my film-making and inspired me to make something more out of the box than I normally would make.‘

Rory

Barnes Film Festival aims to promote, encourage and support new talent in the Film Industry

Our Film Competition has three age categories

  • 0-12 years

  • 13-18 years

  • 19 years+

 

Awards & Prizes

Our prizes vary depending on the category, they include experiences such as courses,
software licenses and equipment. More detail on the prizes for our 2019 competition will be disclosed in due course.

Rules & Terms

Rules Summary:

Age category 0-12, film must be up to 3 minutes long (not including credits).
Age category 13-18, film must be up to 5 minutes long (not including credits).
Age category 19+, film must be up to 10 minutes long (not including credits).

At least one representative of the film must reside in the UK.
The film itself may have been made anywhere in the world.

 

Categories & Fees

0-12 Years

Make a short film of up to a maximum of 3 minutes in length in the Fiction, Animation or Documentary genre. Films must be produced on low budget (under £500). Submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including music, still images or video images without the written permission of the owner. BFF encourages the use of original or royalty free music instead. Collaborative work is permitted, however all filming roles must be submitted and on the credits and there must be an overall director for the film. Read the full Terms and Conditions for further details. There is no theme requirements. Filmmakers must reside in the UK

June 1st: Early Bird Entry £5
August 1st: Regular Entry £17
September 1st: Late Entry £20

13-18 Years

Make a short film of up to a maximum of 5 minutes in length in the Fiction, Animation or Documentary genre. Films must be produced on low budget (under £500). Submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including music, still images or video images without the written permission of the owner. BFF encourages the use of original or royalty free music instead. Collaborative work is permitted, however all filming roles must be submitted and on the credits and there must be an overall director for the film. Read the full Terms and Conditions for further details. Filmmakers must be based in the UK.

June 1st: Early Bird Entry £5
August 1st: Regular Entry £17
September 1st: Late Entry £20

19+ Years

Make a short film of up to a maximum of 10 minutes in length in the Fiction, Animation or Documentary genre. Films submitted in the age category 19+ produced with financial support or sponsorship over £500 MUST be disclosed on the application form. Low budget production is strongly encouraged. Submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including music, still images or video images without the written permission of the owner. BFF encourages the use of original or royalty free music instead. Collaborative work is permitted, however all filming roles must be submitted on the form, and on the credits and there must be an overall director for the film. Read the full Terms and Conditions for further details. Filmmakers must be based in the UK.

June 1st: Early Bird Entry £5
August 1st: Regular Entry £17
September 1st: Late Entry £20