What kind of work does BFMAF present?

BFMAF features work which challenge and transgress form, genre and style.

Take a look at the 2018 programme and catalogue to get a better sense of the Festival’s programming dynamics.

How does the selection process work?

All submitted works are viewed by at least one member of the BFMAF programming team. Highly rated entries are then viewed by further members of the programming team. The final selection of the programme is decided by the Festival Director in conjunction with the programming team. Though the final decisions are often intuitive, they consider subject matter, style and the length of work as well as questions raised on meaning, interpretation and urgency.

Why is there a fee for submissions?

The Festival is a registered charity and money raised from the Call for Entries goes towards the administration, viewing and research time involved in considering your work for BFMAF 2019. It also contributes towards travel and accommodation costs for participating artists and filmmakers.

Can I enter an incomplete work?

Yes, for example moving image works without a final sound edit or colour correction can be submitted. The Festival will request a finished version if it is necessary.

Can I enter my work even if it’s not a film?

BFMAF exhibits a range of presentation formats including; feature, midlength and short films, exhibitions/installations, performance and live events. As a film and media arts festival, entries with a moving image component are prioritised. A video preview is required for entry and should provide a clear sense of the planned presentation. It may be link to a film, recording of a performance or documentation of an installation. It is your responsibility to provide relevant additional information that will assist the programming team.

Will BFMAF fund my project?

Unfortunately, no. The call for entries is not a commissions programme and we expect entries to be completed or at least be in the later stages of completion when submitted. The Festival commissions new work but these projects are usually developed outside of the Call for Entries process.

What does the premiere status of my work mean?

It is important to inform the Festival of the premiere status your work will have if presented at BFMAF 2019. In stage two of the entry form you should select the most accurate premiere status. For example, if you have not presented the work publicly before and no presentation is planned prior to September 2019 then the premiere status at BFMAF will be world premiere.

See below for premiere status definitions:

  • World premiere – the work has not had a public presentation anywhere
  • World festival premiere – not had a public festival presentation anywhere (but may have been screened outside of a film festival context)
  • International premiere – not had a public presentation outside the country of production
  • European premiere - not had a public presentation in Europe (including the United Kingdom)
  • UK premiere - not had a public presentation in the United Kingdom
  • No premiere – Has no premiere status, i.e. has already been presented within the UK

*To be eligible for BFMAF 2019 your work must have no previous or scheduled UK film festival screenings prior to October 2019.

How will I know that my entry has been received by the Festival?

You will receive two email notifications. An automatic email once you have submitted your film and a second email from PayPal once you have completed the entry fee. You can also check the status of your entry on your BFMAF portal page.

What happens if my work is selected?

You will receive an official invite from the Festival by 1st September 2019 with information regarding the presentation format & print transport, as well as information about your attendance at the Festival.

Can I submit my work even though I submitted it previously?

If your work still conforms to all the entry requirements outlined in the entry guidelines then you are very welcome to re-submit it for BFMAF 2019.

If you have any other questions please contact us at programme@bfmaf.org

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