Submit your feature film to festival selectors

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Get your feature film in front of the world's premier film festival selectors.

Covid-19: Festival selector screenings on hold

Given the major disruption to the world's festival calendar due to the pandemic, our festival selector screenings programme is not currently taking place in a physical form. However, we are continuing to work with selectors to keep them up to date with all the latest UK features. If you are interested in submitting your project to festivals in 2021 please send us an email to join our mailing list and receive regular updates on how we’re working with each of the major festivals listed below, and what the submission process will look like in each case.

Read about the British Council's film activities amid Covid-19 and get details on how to stay connected with us.

Festival selector screenings

We can help you screen your feature film to selectors from the world's major international film festivals and markets.

Our unique selector screenings which take place throughout the year in London, give all UK films direct access to festival decision-makers, and the chance of being programmed at major international events including:

  • Sundance
  • Rotterdam
  • Berlin
  • Cannes, Official Competition / Un Certain Regard
  • Cannes, Directors' Fortnight
  • Cannes, Critics' Week
  • Karlovy Vary
  • Locarno
  • Venice
  • Toronto
  • Busan
  • San Sebastian
  • Zurich


  • Films must be feature length (75 minutes or over).
  • Films must be registered on our UK films database.
  • Films must be UK or official UK co-production as defined by the British Film Institute (BFI).

How to submit your film for a selector screening

Selector screenings are organised in collaboration with individual festivals throughout each year. Send us an email to join our mailing list and receive selector screening updates and find out when registration for each selector screening opens.

For most festivals a fee is required to cover screening costs - this replaces the cost of submitting via the festival's open selections process (ie. you will not need to pay twice).

  • For films without a sales company - £75+VAT
  • For films with a sales company - £125+VAT
  • If for any reason we are unable to screen your film to the selectors, your fee will be refunded.

If you sign up to the selector screenings mailing list, we will send you updates until further notice. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the unsubscribe link in the email. We will process your personal information based on your consent.

Data protection

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You can ask for a copy of the information we hold on you and make us correct any inaccuracies. If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you have the right to complain to a privacy regulator.

You can find out more on the privacy section of our website or contact your local British Council office. We will keep your information for up to seven years from sign-up.

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