Submit your short film to S.O.U.L. Fest 2019

S.O.U.L. Fest is accepting short film submissions for its first ever public film festival.

S.O.U.L. Fest presented by S.O.U.L. Festival UK will celebrate British BAME talent in film at an annual event at the BFI Southbank.

This year S.O.U.L. Fest will take place over the course of two days – August 30th & 31st. This new and exciting festival will provide audiences the opportunity to see a diverse representation of Black Britain via a collection of features and short films.

S.O.U.L. Fest is a collaboration between four organisations who serve Black audiences and talent:

The British Blacklist – the online global home for African Caribbean British creative professionals on the Screen and Stage, in Sound and Literature – both up front and behind the scenes.

The New Black Film Collective – a nationwide network of film exhibitors, educators, and programmers of Black representation on screen. 

We Are Parable – specialists in film exhibition is an organisation that believes in the storytelling power of events to enhance the experience of a cinema-going audience.

S.O.U.L. Film – a platform with the mission to make British Film and TV industry more diverse by celebrating and connecting BAME filmmakers and audiences – (Screening Our Unseen Lives).


Terms & Conditions

As part of the first ever S.O.U.L. Fest we are accepting public short film submissions. To submit your film to the 2019 S.O.U.L. Fest, please read the eligibility rules below carefully:

  • Your film must have involved a person of BAME background (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), in a KEY role (Director, Producer, Writer, Cinematographer or Lead Actor etc.).
  • It must be clear who the BAME role is; whether it’s on screen or in your bio. If it is not clear, this may hinder your chances of selection.
  • The submitter must be based in the UK – should your film be selected, there you, someone from your team or a suitable representative will be expected to attend the festival screening.  

(Note: There will be interviews and marketing around the event so it is in your best interests that the filmmakers attend.)

  • You must have the legal right to submit the work and any supporting materials and by submission, you give us permission to screen the work at S.O.U.L. Fest event and utilise supporting material in our programme, website, social media, and promotional materials.
  • Short films can be no longer than short films longer than 20 minutes in duration.
  • All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English, unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation.
  • Programming decisions are made at the discretion of the S.O.U.L Fest programming team.
  • No film selected may be withdrawn from the S.O.U.L Fest programme after its publication.
  • S.O.U.L. Fest does not charge fees for submission nor does S.O.U.L. Fest pay fees to screen work.
  • No cuts or changes to any submission will be made by S.O.U.L. Fest management for any reason.
  • Please note it is not possible for us to return any DVDs/submission materials sent to us through open submissions.
  • Submission of a film represents agreement with the regulations set forth here.
  • The S.O.U.L. Fest director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these regulations.
  • Due to the number of submissions we receive, it is S.O.U.L. Fest’s policy not to offer comments or reasons for films not selected for the programme.

Deadline for submitting short films to S.O.U.L. Fest is July 12th, 2019. Submit your film here.


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