Continuing our efforts to champion inclusivity in film, Fragments Festival aims to provide a platform for filmmakers who identify as women, people of colour, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and differently abled individuals. Last year 78% of our film programme was directed by a person from one or more of these groups. In programming our festival we also strive to spotlight not only the fantastic home-grown talent that the UK has, but also the incredible filmmakers and film markets across Europe and around the world.
In addition to providing a platform to underrepresented filmmakers to exhibit their work, but Fragments Festival also aims to give those who may not regularly attend the cinema the chance to see a wide range of excellent films. We're excited to announce that this year all of our regular screenings will be priced at £5.50, and our gala screenings will be £10.50.
We are encouraging filmmakers of diverse backgrounds to submit their work to us and have created a submission process which will help to highlight the work of groups and individuals from marginalised communities, as well as films which have minority groups as their focus. All films will be reviewed by a carefully selected committee who will consider both the merit of the work and the circumstance of its creation when making the final selection for the festival programme.
We welcome submissions of short films (40 minutes or less) and feature films (over 40 minutes) in all genres, including narrative, documentary, experimental and animation. All submissions will be reviewed by our selection team and discussed before our final decision is made.
All films selected for the festival will be eligible for an award in either of the two following categories:
Best Feature Film - £1,000
Best Short Film - £250
Best Film Made On A Phone - £150
Young Filmmakers Award* - £150
*best film made by person(s) under 16 years old.
Awards will be judged by an esteemed jury of high-profile professionals within the film industry.