All films in the Official Selection are in competition to receive a number of awards, recognising outstanding talent in filmmaking. The winning films are selected by a jury of industry experts, and are presented at the Closing Night Awards.

Previous winners have gone on to achieve further success, including The Silent Child, directed by Chris Overton (Oscar Winner), Stutterer by Benjamin Cleary (Oscar Winner), Grandad Was a Romantic by Maryam Mohajer (BAFTA Winner), Black Sheep by Ed Perkins (Oscar Nominee), and Wale by Barnaby Blackburn (Oscar and BAFTA-Nominated).