About the Database

The Festivals Database is a user-generated listing with information on thousands of festivals in over 80 countries.

About the Festivals Database
The Festivals Database is an indispensable resource for film, video and programme makers, detailing over 1,300 events around the world. Listed are international film festivals, including television and video festivals, with details of deadlines, entry requirements and contact details for each event. Information is submitted directly by the festival organisers. Please note that the Database is not an exhaustive record of all existing film festivals - if you think we have missed an important event, you can suggest a festival yourself. 

The Database lists festivals with a national/international profile, presenting films to a public audience.

Festivals should have had at least one edition before inclusion in the Database.

Please note that we do not publish all submissions, and inclusion in the Database does not mean that the British Council necessarily recommends or endorses a particular festival.

How to use the Database

The search feature enables you to search for film festivals by country, town, festival title, category or month of the year. For instance, you could enter 'January', 'Annecy' or 'animation', 'short films', or 'disabilities'. You can perform more specific searches - including a full menu of categories.

Contact emails and web addresses are provided for each festival. Please use these details to submit your film to a festival or find out more information about it. (You cannot apply to a festival via British Council Film).

Still wrestling to find which festival might be right for your film?  Here's Variety's handy guide to the world's '50 Unmissable Film Festivals'.

COVID update: Given the many changes to the international festival circuit as a result of the pandemic, it's worth keeping a note of this handy rolling list of festival plans as they change, in Screen Daily.