Celebrating and showcasing emerging talent in the film industry, we work hard to recruit industry judges who are all eager to watch our nominated films. For 2023 we are going to be going through a major rebranding process so rather than a physical festival, we will be screening all our films online, with an additional opportunity to screen as part of a specially curated programme.
We recently had the pleasure of hosting the shortlisted Oscar short film showcase at the Cinema in the Arches – check out the highlights below!
THERE ARE LOTS OF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS; THERE’S LOTS OF LONDON FILM FESTIVALS… SO WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER?
Most film festivals, particularly the large ones, are focused on established filmmakers with established funding. But these filmmakers represent just a small portion of the visionary people all around the world who are making films on small, self-funded or even non-existent budgets. Our reason for being is to provide a showcase for these emerging filmmakers. We want to find and highlight the work of those early in their careers as filmmakers – and for those trying to break into it. We are a festival for the many, not the few.
WHAT oUR PATRONS SAY
People today have access to unprecedented ways of making movies, yet that is still no substitute to celebrating film within a community of equally passionate people. BFF, London's Riverside Film Festival is just that.
ALFONSO CUARON, ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR
BFF, London's Riverside Film Festival has gathered real momentum over the past eight years. They have a distinctive vision, and the festival itself has a great atmosphere. I am proud to be supporting it.
DANIEL BATTSEK, DIRECTOR, FILM4, ACADEMY AWARD WINNING PRODUCER
BFF, London's Riverside Film Festival is a great festival that really looks at developing authentic relationships with filmmakers that take part. Its Q&A series and guest lecture sessions are a great way of connecting audiences with filmmakers and forging a stronger, more interactive film community.
CANDICE ONYEAMA, SCREENWRITER AND AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR
BFF, London's Riverside Film Festival gives you a platform to show your work as well as access to be inspired by other people’s work. Film Festivals are about meeting people and forming personal working relationships as much as appreciating the final product.
GEORGE MACKAY, BAFTA WINNING ACTOR