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Submissions for the

Cambridge Film Festival

are currently closed.



First established in 1977, the Cambridge Film Festival has been committed to delivering high quality independent films to the widest possible audience. Bold and imaginative in its presentation of films, the Festival embraces the latest technology, while also showcasing its passion for the heritage of cinema.

We champion new methods of filmmaking and emerging platforms of distribution. Through our open submissions process, we support filmmakers from all across the world as well as locally, providing a platform for new talents to showcase their work.

In Praise of Cambridge Film Festival:

"An unmanageably rich feast, with a particularly strong strand of artists’ cinema, and a selection of silent revivals that put the recent London festival in the shade."
Henry K Miller - Sight & Sound.

"The Cambridge Film Festival is one of the key screen events in the UK calendar."

"Easily outclasses its rivals".
The Times.


Submission Deadlines


Submissions open: 16th April 2018

Earlybird deadline: 14th May 2018

Regular deadline: 2nd July 2018

Late deadline: 31st July 2018

Notification date: 14th September 2018

Festival dates: 25th October - 1st November 2018



Venice has gondolas, Cambridge has punts. An icon of the city's landscape, which our awards are named in honour of.

Golden Punt Audience Award for Best Feature

Silver Punt Audience Award for Best Documentary

Crystal Punt Audience Award for Best Short Film.

Cambridge Film Festival is a BAFTA recognised Festival.


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