Bath Film Festival


Years running: 33 (since 1990)

Bath Film Festival

International short film festival.


Now one of the most popular festivals in the region, Bath Film Festival is a showcase for the most creative, intelligent, and thought provoking new films and film events in the South West of England. Eminent industry names have given their patronag  to the festival and film distributors have recognised that Bath Film Festival is a great outlet for previews of their upcoming gems.

As well as previews and Bath debuts, the festival is known for its range of feature documentaries and annual ‘Sound to Silent’ feature where we commission a musician to compose and perform original music for a silent film. Bath Film Festival is more than a great programme of films, it also promotes emerging talent and hosts industry workshops, runs an awards scheme in association with IMDb and takes Movie On the Move into rural areas, care homes and schools.


  • IMDb Script to Screen Award — a competition, open to all comers, to write a script for a short film (5«10 mins),
  • IMDb New Filmmaker Award — an award for the best short film (between 1−10 minutes) made by a first time film-maker,
  • Shorts — a competition of particularly brilliant, original, well made, insightful shorts of between 1 and 10 minutes to be screened before features during the festival.


IMDb Script to Screen Award:

  • £5,000 to make the film of your script,
  • a title page on IMDb,
  • an IMDb enamel badge,
  • help with distribution at other UK festivals.

IMDb New Filmmaker Award:

  • £1,000 to go towards the winner's next film,
  • a title page on IMDb,
  • an IMDb enamel badge,
  • help with distribution to other film festivals.


  • The festival accepts fiction and factual shorts whose total duration is over 1 minute and under 10 minutes.
  • Submit a film online via Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United Kingdom

Official Website



2nd Floor, Abbey Chambers
Kingston Parade
Bath Somerset BA1 1LY
United Kingdom

Phone: 01225 463 458


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 06, 2019
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 05, 2020
  • Regular Deadline
    August 02, 2020
  • Late Deadline
    August 23, 2020
  • Notifications
    October 18, 2020
  • Event Dates
    5 — 15 November 2020
Categories & Fees

The film must be no less than 1 (one) minute and no more than 10 (ten) minutes screen time including credits.

  • Earlybird Deadline — £10
  • Regular Deadline — £15
  • Late Deadline — £35
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