Birkenhead International Film Festival (BIFF) Open call

Deadline: 25/04/2021  |  Published: 30/03/2021  |  Region: Merseyside  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Benjamin Loveland

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We will be hosting the second BIFF (Birkenhead International Film Festival) on the 17th May 2021. The BIFF aims to bring together a collective of filmmakers to explore the art of film from a varied range of backgrounds, filmographies and genres.

Birkenhead International Film Festival is founded by Benjamin Loveland, David Harrison, Andrew Shaw & Ryan Gauge. Benjamin Loveland & David Harrison work together on a number of projects including the Super8Bit Podcast; a celebration of the art of film & video games. Benjamin Loveland has had a passion for films since he first watched Nosferatu as a teenager.

His goal is simple, to talk and discuss the art of film each and every day; so far he has discovered that Film Festivals are the perfect medium for discussion, meeting new people and the education of film. David Harrison is the creative mind behind Super8Bit, with a keen eye for editing, sound & the art of making films; being a prolific filmmaker himself.

Together they have had a dream of uniting their passion of film and arts together under many different projects. This is an idea shared by Andrew Shaw and Ryan Gauge at the Convenience Gallery, who are an artist-led initiative; A community and contemporary arts gallery and collective based in Birkenhead.

Convenience Gallery specialises in creative partnerships, artists, organisations and communities. Both organisations have teamed up to create the Birkenhead International Film Festival, a festival dedicated to bringing the world to Birkenhead. Located at the beating heart of Birkenhead at the Bloom Building; a building which houses a progressive and unique concept rewriting the rules around how the worlds of culture, community, social action and mental health can flourish together. Bloom Building also houses the Open Door Charity which reimagines common approaches to mental health. Welcome to Birkenhead international film festival, a film festival exploring and celebrating emerging filmmakers across both physical festivals and online programming.

BIFF 30 Second Film Festival ***Applications for the BIFF 30 Second Film Festival are now open***

This May, Birkenhead International Film Festival will be hosting 30 second short films which will be released over the course of a month on our online platforms.

This Film Festival will be a continued online exploration into the very best of 30 second short films from across the world. Any genre, style or narrative will be taken into consideration as long as the films are 30 seconds and under.

Successful applications will be curated and shared across our online platforms in a continued anthology of shorts.   


  • 30 seconds and under short films
  • Any genre

Submission (BIFF 30 Second Film Festival is free to apply):

1.     Send over your 30 second short

2.     Tell us about you and your film

Deadline: The end date for this open call will be April 25th

Good Luck and Good filmmaking!

The BIFF Boys


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Who is eligible for this opportunity?
When is the deadline?
April 25th.
How many works can I submit?
As many as you like.
How much does it cost?
It's free.
Are there payments to artists?
Is there a private view / opening?
What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
We will posting the films submitted onto our social media pages.
Do I need to be present?
How do you decide on proposals?
A board of film screeners will watch the films.
What happens if my proposal is chosen?
You will be contacted and your film will be put up on a day in our 2 week festival run.
What kind of proposals are you looking for?
Any Film under 30 seconds

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