19 October – 3 November 2005

Guidelines

If you wish to have your film considered for The 49th London Film Festival please consult the following submission guidelines. When sending details of your film, it would be most helpful if you could let us know if it will be shown at any other film festivals before August 2005 as it is possible that our selectors could view the film there.

Deadline for submissions 15 July 2005. Package post (or courier) marked 15 July 2005 will be accepted.

You do not need to fill out an entry form to submit your film to this festival

All films screened in the London Film Festival must be UK Premieres. Prior theatrical, UK Festivals, UK television screenings, Internet transmission or DVD/ video releases in the UK disqualify films from entry.

If you would like to submit your film to the LFF, please send a copy to us on video (PAL or NTSC) or DVD at the address below, with a brief synopsis, list of production credits and contact address for yourself/ your company.

If you do not have a video or DVD copy of your film but would like it to be considered please contact the Programme Co-ordinator Sarah Lutton:

Sarah Lutton
Programme and Guest Co-ordinator
London Film Festival
National Film Theatre
South Bank
London
SE1 8XT
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7815 1322
F +44 (0)20 7633 0786
ESarah.Lutton@bfi.org.uk

Regulations

  • The London Film Festival is presented by the British Film Institute.
  • The London Film Festival has as its objective the promotion of cinematographic art by presenting films of quality.
  • The London Film Festival is an annual event based at the bfi South Bank and other central London venues. It runs for 16 days and wherever possible each film is presented twice.
  • The London Film Festival is recognised by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) and is subject to its regulations.
  • (a) Feature films, documentaries and short subjects of any genre on 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and video are selected by invitation, according to quality, from among those shown at festivals outside of the UK, during the preceding year. (b) The organisers also welcome unsolicited submissions made in accordance with these regulations.
  • The London Film Festival is non-competitive. All films screened in the festival must be UK Premieres. Prior theatrical, UK Festivals, television screenings, Internet transmission or video releases in the UK disqualify films from entry. Entries must have been produced within the last two years.
  • All feature films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English. Short subjects carry the same requirement for English subtitling, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation. Electronic Subtitles will be made available only if absolutely necessary. In the exceptional event that an unsubtitled print is accepted, English dialogue lists are required.
  • Prints and videos of invited films will be insured according to the regulations of the FIAPF and shipping costs will be incurred by the London Film Festival.
  • No cuts or changes in any film will be made by the festival management for any reason.
  • Excerpts from films will only be shown on television for promotional purposes if permission is obtained from the producer.
  • The London Film Festival is open to the public. A substantial number of accredited national and international press, TV and film buyers and distributors also participate.
  • Official or professional national organisations and individuals may submit feature and short films to the festival. Films submitted for pre-selection should arrive no later than the 15 July 2005, and must be shipped as per instructions on the accompanying sheet. There is no entry fee and no application form is necessary, but all shipping costs of unsolicited films to and from London must be borne by the sender. Please note: it is not possible for us to return any unsolicited tapes.
  • Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.
  • It is London Film Festival policy not to offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the programme.

Contact:

Sarah Lutton
London Film Festival
National Film Theatre
South Bank
London
SE1 8XT
United Kingdom
T +44 (0)20 7815 1322
F +44 (0)20 7633 0786
ESarah.Lutton@bfi.org.uk