The Ealing Film Festival has been established to encourage a diverse cultural offering from within the borough, London, UK and far beyond.

Our 2021 festival is now open for submissions!

Ealing Film Festival has returned, bigger and better than ever.
Entries are now open for our 2021 festival. Depending on the lifting of the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, we hope to hold a ‘real’ event in Ealing towards the end of the year. Hopefully with a red carpet! But we will continue to run the festival online for as long as necessary.

Submissions open: February 22, 2021
Submissions close: October 4, 2021
Festival date: December 4, 2021 (tbc)

As always FilmFreeway is our exclusive partner of choice. We have found them easy to work with and they know film. Submit your film. We look forward to your entry.

Rules for Entry – 2021

When we launched our first festival last year, everyone was struggling to deal with the pandemic and the disruption to daily life.

But despite the difficulties, filmmakers jumped at the chance to take part in our festival. We received 160 entries from 23 countries and 5 continents. From all over the world. And we held our awards ceremony online, hosted by comedian and TV presenter Mel Giedroyc.

The plan for 2021 is for more of the same, but with a few tweaks and new categories based on our experience with the first festival.

We will have a separate LOCKDOWN category for films that are either about the pandemic or have been made within lockdown, in compliance with the rules on social distancing. We understand it’s not easy making films at the moment.

We are also creating a special category for PERFORMANCE. This includes work normally performed on stage in front of an audience, but which has been filmed and made available online. This includes spoken-word performances like drama, poetry, and comedy sketches. But it also covers music videos, song and dance, puppetry, and even magic. Basically, any art form where the performer is using film to reach an audience.

Our third new category is the PHYLLIS CROCKER AWARD which recognises an outstanding contribution by a filmmaker identifying as a woman. This includes any of the key filmmaking roles, including producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer, and film editor. This award has been named in memory of one of the women pioneers at Ealing Studios, who worked on sixty major productions as a Continuity Supervisor.

Once again, we will have a panel of judges with huge experience in the world of film and television. Many have won major awards for their own work. They were greatly impressed by the high standard of submissions last year.

And once again, there will be a PEOPLE’S CHOICE award, decided by a public vote.

We are very proud of our films from 2020. Click the button below for a list of the winning films. Should you have any questions or want to contact the filmmaker please let us know at

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