Early bird BUFF submissions deadline: Monday 13 January 2020, 2359 hrs

Late BUFF submissions deadline: Monday 29 June 2020, 1700 hrs

BUFF 2020 notifications: Thursday 9 July 2020

2020 festival dates: 24-31 October 2020


Current submission fee: £34.95

UK residents via BUFF website: £29.95 (up to £89.95 from 14 January)

Film Freeway (Gold members): £24.95 (up to £84.95 from 14 January)

Late submission fee (from 14 January 2020 onwards): £94.95

Do not ask for a waiver. We treat all creatives equally.


All film genres and styles are accepted via Wetransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive to submit@buffestival.com

EPK’s must include an mp4 trailer, digital film poster, director profile picture, 3 official film stills, synopsis, credits, Twitter and/or Instagram profiles)

Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 90.

Drama/Documentary Films: must be no less than 40 minutes and no more than 120.

Short Films/Webisodes must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 60.

All Music, Spoken Word, Dance & Moving Image videos must be no less than 3 minutes.

MP4 files, mov files, DVD masters, 30″ x 40″ quad posters and DCP’s will be requested if submissions make the shortlist.


Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails or phone calls from the BUFF board after the final submission deadline passes on 13 March 2020. Correspondence will commence from 9 July 2020 onwards.

All shortlisted films will be eligible to win a British Urban Film Festival short film/feature film award in 2020.

All shortlisted films will be considered for theatrical distribution in sole conjunction with BUFF Originals.

All scripts selected will be offered a 2 year licensing deal to commit AAA Film and TV as a producer of the script if it goes into development.

The final shortlist of 3 scripts will be eligible to receive a British Urban Film Festival award in 2020.

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