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Bradford International Film Festival 2013 is now open for submissions

One of the best parts of working on a film festival is the thrill of discovering striking films through our submissions process. Every year our small, square-eyed team screen hundreds of submitted films, and whittles down the pile until only the films that left us with the greatest impression remain.

Bradford International Film Festival is a very (very) broad church – your film can be of any genre or style – so what exactly is it that we’re looking for?

It’s a tricky question to answer. Films – no matter what kind they are – set their own rules, and should be judged on their own terms. But selections must be made according to a combination of personal taste and an awareness of how the film will relate to an audience (and how an audience will relate to the film).

We keep a couple of questions in mind:

“Has this film achieved what it’s set out to achieve?”, and “Is what it’s trying to achieve any good?”

Ultimately, it’s the gut response that counts; that voice that says early on, “this needs to be in”. If we think that, then we know that the audience will too. And then comes the pleasure of seeing a film you love connect with its audience in a public place. Film festivals do many things at once, but one of the most satisfying for us, is to be able to offer the best of the legions of films being made all over the world, the chance to connect with real people at a great event.

Films for Bradford International Film Festival 2013 (11 – 21 April 2013) can now be submitted via Withoutabox.

If you have specific queries relating to the submission process or about the festival, please email bradfordfilmfestival@nationalmediamuseum.org.uk .

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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About Tom Vincent

I programme the cinemas at the Museum, and am one of the directors of Bradford International Film Festival.

7 comments on “Bradford International Film Festival 2013 is now open for submissions

  1. Luke beck
    September 26, 2012

    Dear sir or madam
    For the film festival this year please if you have the films could you play Willow and Labyrinth my 2 favoret family movies.
    Yours sinsayley
    Luke Beck

  2. Charlz Archibong
    September 30, 2012

    Please, how can I submit my film? Hp I isn’t too late though. Thanks

  3. Emma Thom
    October 1, 2012

    Hi Charlz

    It’s not too late at all – you can submit through Withoutabox – you’ll find all the information you need right here: https://www.withoutabox.com/03film/03t_fin/03t_fin_fest_01over.php?festival_id=1597

    Good luck to you

  4. marroushinadia
    November 12, 2012

    What is the deadline date or is this finished now?

    • Emma Thom
      November 13, 2012

      Hello

      You can still submit your film. The deadline dates and fees can all be found here.

      Good luck!

  5. Rabi
    November 30, 2012

    Hello, I couldn’t get form to send all details about movie/cast/crew via mail. So could you plz tell where can I get it?

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