BIFA 2020 Entry Deadlines Extended

Fri 21st Aug 2020

Industry News, Award ceremonies

In response to the changing festival calendar and continued uncertainty over release dates, the British Independent Film Awards has taken the decision to extend their 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.

Amy Gustin & Deena Wallace, Directors of BIFA, said: "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."

The Awards will continue 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 their staff, voters, and guests in mind.

Changes to their 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.


  • 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)

If you have any questions or want to request an entry fee waiver, please get in touch with Flo and Emma on [javascript protected email address].

For more information on the 2020 BIFAs, please visit the Awards website.

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