Covid-19 Update: BIFA 2020 entry deadline postponed

Thursday, August 20, 2020

BIFA 2020 entry deadlines EXTENDED

In response to the changing festival calendar and continued uncertainty over release dates, we’ve taken the decision to extend our entry deadline this year until 25 September (from 28 August). The announcement of longlists, nominations and winners will also shift, with new dates to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

We want to make sure that BIFA supports and celebrates the industry as much as possible during this very unusual year and think that this extended entry deadline will help to ease pressure at what is (even in a normal year) a very busy time.

– Amy Gustin & Deena Wallace, Directors of BIFA

We are continuing to monitor the Covid-19 situation, closely following the advice of the NHS and GOV UK/Public Health England, and want to ensure any activity in 2020/21 is planned with the wellbeing of our staff, voters and guests in mind. 

Changes to our rules and eligibility remain applicable. If a film was programmed to play at a festival or to screen on general release but did not do so due to the impact of the pandemic, it will remain eligible for BIFA regardless of how its release strategy changed to accommodate the circumstances. You can read more about this here.

Updated timeline

Friday 25 September Final entry deadline
Friday 2 October Late feature entry deadline
Friday 9 October Deadline for all outstanding entry materials
Monday 19 October  Screening deadline (all films must be available to be seen by voters by this date)


Entry fees*

Date Shorts Features with production budget of under £1m  Features with production budget of over £1m
 now – 25 Sept £15 £50 £100
26 Sept – 6 Oct £15 £100 £250

*plus VAT

Enter BIFA 2020.

If you have any questions or want to request an entry fee waiver, please get in touch with Flo and Emma on

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