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Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace

Friday 10 November 16:00 – 20:30
Belfrey Hall
Free with Festival Pass

Meet the Film Festivals Marketplace is a prime opportunity for filmmakers to expand their industry contacts and speak with the programmers who are behind some of the top UK, European and international festivals. This is a chance to find out what they are looking for, and promote your work across established film festivals and emerging cinema platforms.

Delegates 2017

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a five-day BAFTA Recognised event celebrating the work of both emerging and established filmmakers working in Shorts, Features and VR. Supporting and showcasing the power and craft of independent cinema, the festival offers a hive of idea generation whilst screening innovative works from international practitioners.


Animex was founded by Teesside University in 2000 with a view to creating a world-class inclusive festival that would draw some of the games and animation industries’ stars together to share their knowledge with the next generation. Aminex consist’s of of a unique blend of talks, workshops, networking events and screenings.

AVANCA Film Festival

AVANCA International Film Festival is based in Avanca, Portugal. Each year, films from more than a hundred countries come to Avanca. They are works that reflect the contemporary world of film and audiovisual production. They are from the five continents and come in diverse formats and reflect a range of diverse cultures.

British Urban Film Festival

The British Urban Film Festival is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK. Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred in, written, produced and directed films shown at BUFF including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jimmy Akingbola, Sadie Frost, Clint Dyer, Ashley Walters, David Essex, Aml Ameen and Noel Clarke.

Cardiff Mini Film Festival

Now in its 7th year of operation, Cardiff Mini Film Festival believes that films can be made on very little or no budget, just pure hard work and dedication from the people involved. With this in mind we bring you a festival where money is not the key to a great film. No longer will your entry be obliterated by a big budget production company.

Cellu l’art Short Film Festival

Every April, cellu l’art Short Film Festival presents international short films in the heart of Germany. Located in the vibrant, yet cosy city of Jena, the festival has evolved steadily during the 18 years of its existence. The programme includes an international competition, country focus specials, open air events, special interest screenings and more.

Dublin Film Festival

Established in 2003, ADIFF is Ireland’s premier film festival and takes place in Dublin. At the heart of ADIFF is its audience, for whom the festival organises an all-encompassing event, carefully curated and ranging from the weird and wonderful to the glamorous and exclusive. ADIFF turns the city into a mecca for cinema-goers of all generations.

Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival

DSFFF saw its first year in early 2017 when it presented an eclectic range of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film over three days in the heart of Dublin. The programme was mainly focused on the promotion of Irish talent, including international feature length narratives and documentaries, as well as a number of classic sci-fi screenings that pushed past reality.

Edinburgh Film Festival

EIFF is world renowned for discovering and promoting the very best in international cinema – and for heralding and debating changes in global filmmaking. Intimate in scale, ambitious in scope, and fuelled by pure passion for cinema, EIFF highlights the most exciting film talent, in a city that is both historical and thought-provoking.

European Independent Film Festival

Often referred to as the Sundance of Europe, The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival proudly celebrates and risk-taking storytellers, offering new narratives to the broadest audiences possible with the intent on building careers.

Ffresh Festival

Now in its 16th year, Ffresh – the Student Media Festival of Wales – features the best student work from Wales, the UK, and abroad, along with masterclasses, panel sessions and workshops with some of the industry’s most renowned and respected figures. Ffresh also runs two BFI Film Academies in South Wales for 16-19 year olds in VFX and Animation.

Iris Prize Festival

The Iris Prize Festival is a six-day celebration of LGBT film, which takes place in Cardiff. The programme includes screenings of the 35 short films, each competing for the award, and is the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. The festival winner receives £30,000 to make their next film in the UK.

Kerry Film Festival

Kerry Film Festival takes place in the picturesque town of Killarney, Co. Kerry amongst the stunning backdrop of south western Ireland. Highlights include an international short film competition, a programme of features films and a showcase of Kerry filmmaking talent, having become Ireland’s fastest growing festival from 2006 to 2011.

Kinofilm Festival

Kinofilm is Manchester’s international short film and animation festival, founded in 1995. The festival has a standout reputation for showcasing some of the best short films from around the globe, whilst being renowned for seeking out challenging films from universal narratives. Kinofilm takes place in November at various venues around the city.

London Short Film Festival

London Short Film Festival is an annual event that presents the best in cutting-edge UK independent film. January sees the takeover of London’s best independent cinemas and venues to showcase shorts, with over 75 events across 10 days and 25 venues. The festival is renowned for its cross-arts programming, presenting stimulating and challenging cinema.

River Film Festival

Now in its 13th year, The River Film Festival received over 5,000 short films from 118 countries for its 2017 edition. The festival’s screen floats on a raft moored in the 16th century port that linked Padua to Venice. A free festival, it seeks to offer opportunities to young filmmakers and to promote cinema culture in the area in an innovative an exciting setting.

Scottish Film Talent Network

The Scottish Film Talent Network (SFTN) offers new and emerging filmmakers significant support for individual film projects and professional development. SFTN provides tailored support which best suits individual requirements alongside wider funding schemes and short film commissions.




Screentest is the UK’s National Student Film Festival based in London, and has been championing and showcasing student film for 14 years. Held annually in spring over one weekend, more than 100 student shorts are shown, with emphasis on shorts with big ideas. Students of all ages and experiences can submit their films.

Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. Operating in the heart of UK, it’s a hub for documentary and non-fiction content across all platforms, from feature length to short form, and including interactive, augmented reality and 360 projects.

The Smalls Film Festival

The Smalls are a global community of 16,000+ independent filmmakers and production companies; emerging talent and winners of BAFTAs, Cannes Lions and Academy Awards. The Smalls Film Festival, now in its 12th year and established as one of the UK’s largest short film festivals, celebrates the work of The Smalls community.

Terms and conditions:

Times and Venues

Event details, including speakers, times and venues are subject to change.

Collecting Tickets

Upon purchasing your Festival Pass and / or Event Tickets, you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt is not your pass or ticket, and must be exchanged for a pass or ticket at the Festival Hub at Visit York.

The Festival Hub will be open from 12:00 on Tuesday 7 November 2017, then from 9:00 - 17:00 Thursday 8 - Sunday 12 November 2017. Tickets cannot be collected before this time.

Entry to Venues

Seating at screenings is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is not reserved at screenings, and a Festival Pass or ticket does not guarantee you a seat at your chosen screening.

Festival staff will be present at all venues, and will be able to advise you on venue capacity and available seats when you arrive.

Restricted Screenings

Please note that the majority of screenings will be certificate 12A with some certificate 15.

A special Family Friendly programme will be screened throughout the Festival. Family Friendly screening 1 is suitable for young children, while Family Friendly 2 & 3 are suitable for children aged 8+. Please see the festival programme for Family Friendly screening times.

Student Tickets

Please note that in order to purchase a Student Ticket, you must have a valid student card as proof of ID. The student card must be valid during the festival and must be shown in order to collect your Festival Pass. Festival Passes with a student discount cannot be issued without a valid student card.

Refund Policy

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