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    BIFF | 2023    
The British Museum, London | Saturday, May 13th


The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking. The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened at great red carpet-style venues to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public. 

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious British Lion Award for Achievement in Film on a Low Budget.

    The Official Selection    

The Gold List

The Film Festival Guild Gold List is for screenplays of outstanding quality. These projects are up for the title of Best Unproduced Screenplay.

Short Film Screening
Saturday, May 13th | 6:30pm


Short Stay, Long Stay

(Danny Carter, 15m)


Two men work in rival car parks in a city that's quickly changing around them. They learn the news that their jobs no longer exist, and have one final week to say a proper goodbye.


(Paul Riordan, 15m)


11-year-old Sean lives with his mother, a single parent with young-onset dementia. When the birthday boy returns home from school one afternoon, frustration and resentment rise to the surface, resulting in harsh realities being faced.


Maya Yenn - Better Luck Next Time

(Maya Yenn, 4m)


The “Better Luck Next Time” music video, follows a businessman as he navigates incoming deadlines, his boss’s wrath and struggles to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend, before impending disaster for the world around him suddenly puts all his petty power-plays into perspective.


Bitter Taste

(Ethan Tomás Race, 18m)


A successful Scottish Chef in New York City harbours a

dark secret.


Firm It

(Teni Gideon Ayankoya, 4m)

Exploring the hidden deeper meaning of the secrets of mental health in young black african boys, untangling stereotypes and revealing answers presenting the origin of violence and anger.


Dyke Plumage

(Alexandra Gascón, 3m)


Show your feathers.

Feature Film Screening
Saturday, May 13th | 8:00pm


Dreams Live in Trees


Director: Marco Della Fonte

Writers: Marco Della Fonte & Pietro Ragusa

Producer: Kiera Morgan

Cast: Kiera Morgan, Pietro Ragusa, Evita Ciri, Rinat Khismautoline, Giusi Merli & Fausto Maria Sciarappa

Inspired by true events which took place in 1978 when Italy became the first country in the world to abolish mental asylums. Upon a closure of a “lunatic asylum” in Florence Anja returns home into the care of her brother Ettore and his wife Lisa. For her family Anja is a difficult woman with mental health problems, who spent most of her life coming in and out of mental institutions. With the help and a great sensitivity from her newly appointed psychiatrist Anja slowly starts to adapt to her new life beyond the asylum. She meets Libero, a local man who delivers vegetables to people in the village. Libero, just like Anja, suffers from mental disorder and learning disabilities. He lives with his mother and is known in the local community as “a crazy murderer”. Years earlier he accidentally killed his father trying to defend his mother. He was arrested and sent to a criminal asylum where he spent a prolonged period of time in isolation.


    The Awards   

Best Feature Film

*Dreams Live In Trees*

Best Short Film

Better Luck Next Time

*Bitter Taste*

Dyke Plumage

Firm It


Short Stay, Long Stay

Best Student Film

*Firm It*

Best Music Video

*Better Luck Next Time*

Dyke Plumage

The Milsome Award for Cinematography


Dreams Live in Trees

Bitter Taste

Best Director

Paul Riordan (Hidden)

*Marco Della Fonte (Dreams Live in Trees)*

Ethan Tomás Race (Bitter Taste)

Best Actor

Nitin Ganatra (Short Stay, Long Stay)

*Pietro Ragusa (Dreams Live in Trees)*

Alexis Trolf (Bitter Taste)

Best Actress

Emma Davies (Hidden)

*Kiera Morgan (Dreams Live in Trees)*

Audrey Jenkinson (Bitter Taste)

Best Supporting Actor

Sam Kennedy (Bitter Taste)

Harlan Patterson (Bitter Taste)

*Fausto Maria Sciarappa (Dreams Live in Trees)*

Best Supporting Actress

*Evita Ciri (Dreams Live In Trees)*

Helen Monks (Short Stay, Long Stay)

Claudia Sersanti (Bitter Taste)

The British Lion Award

Short Stay, Long Stay


Bitter Taste

Firm It

Rising Star Award

*Maya Yenn (Better Luck Next Time)*

Best Unproduced Screenplay

*Looking Over My Shoulder (written by John Ellis)*

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