Rules for Entry – 2022

All films will be submitted exclusively through FilmFreeway. You can find the link above or here.

Awards & Prizes

We accept entries from all over the world, exclusively via FilmFreeway. You may submit more than one film, and each film can be entered in more than one category. Please read the rules below for further important details.

Every film submitted will be viewed by at least three members of our team as part of the process to determine which entries become official selections. These films will then be considered for awards in their categories.

Laurels will be awarded for all official selections and for all category winners, including special commendations which may be made at the discretion of the judges. The category winners will then be reviewed by our jury, and one film will be named the overall winner of the festival.

We will screen as many official selections as circumstances permit, either as part of an in-person event, or using our online platform. We cannot guarantee to show every film because of the large number of entries we receive. However, we hope to invite the makers of some of our winning films to take part in a Q&A session, in person or online, depending on the kind of festival we are able to run.

These are the categories for our 2022 festival…

Narrative Short
Horror / Suspense
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Green Planet
Music Video
Homegrown (Residents of Ealing)

The winners of each category will be considered by the judges for the overall award of ‘Best Film’ in the festival.

In addition there will be a People’s Choice Award, decided by audience votes.

Timetable for the 2022 Festival…

Open for entries: January 24, 2022
Final deadline for submissions: October 3
Notification date: October 31
Festival date: November 28 – December 4 (tbc)Rules & Terms


1. Entrants must be 16 years old or over at the time of submission.
2. We are looking for short films, with a maximum duration of 20 minutes. Remember, less is more!
3. Films must be the original work of the entrants and must have been produced since 1 January 2017.
4. Ealing Film Festival does not accept films promoting a product or company.
5. Entrants must have obtained clearance for all copyrighted music and any other copyrighted material used in their films.
6. Written permission must have been obtained from all the people actively appearing in the film. This is usually done by way of a release form.
7. Any entry not in the English language must have English subtitles embedded in the film.
8. Entries should be submitted electronically only via FilmFreeway.
9. To be considered for the 2022 competition entries must be received by the final deadline of October 3. Filmmakers can submit more than one film, and each film can be entered in more than one category. At the discretion of the judges, a film may be considered for an additional category or award at no extra cost to the entrant.
10. Your status on FilmFreeway will acknowledge the receipt of your submission.
11. Filmmakers whose work is ‘Officially Selected’ will be notified by October 31.
12. Details of the Official Selections will be posted on the Ealing Film Festival website. Please note that selected films should be made available for festival screening and streaming online.
13. Ealing Film Festival reserves the right to refuse entry for any reason at its absolute discretion.
14. The decision of the judges is final. We will not enter into correspondence or discussion concerning any decision.
15. As well as awarding laurels for Official Selections and the winners of the categories, there will be an overall prize for the Best Film of the festival.
16. The entry is made at the entrant’s own expense and Ealing Film Festival shall not be liable for reimbursing any expenses incurred in making an entry.
17. Ealing Film Festival and associated parties accept no responsibility for any misuse of intellectual property rights.
18. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use images and a maximum of 45 seconds from selected films for promotional or festival screenings or on the Ealing Film Festival websites or for press or media purposes. Occasionally EFF may wish to screen a selected film outside of the festival, in all instances permission will be sought from the filmmaker in advance.
19. Ealing Film Festival has the right to use the film for its archive film library for viewing by other film festivals and organisations.