Kind Words

“The UK Film Festival is the most focussed, passionate and quality driven film festival in the UK, their invaluable support helped get me to the Oscars in 2015, where I won the Academy Award for best short film”

Mat Kirkby  – Oscar winner and Director at Ridley Scott Associates



“Their immense passion for support to new and fresh undiscovered voices makes the UK Film Festival a very important career stepping stone for every filmmaker.  Thanks to the UKFF I managed to achieve unprecedented results and advance significantly in my career.”

Petros Silvestros – Director – Twice Berlinale Winner



“UKFF is an amazing festival discovering and showcasing an incredible selection of local and international films. We were honoured to have our UK premiere here which offered us great exposure both in the UK and across the festival circuit.”

Jamie Donoughue, Director of “Shok” – Oscar Nominee




Guardian Newspaper Review:

Film is not all about awards, but if you need a seal of quality for this relatively new festival, last year’s overall winner, Mat Kirkby’s “The Phone Call”, went on to win the Oscar for best live-action short. In addition, the festival’s writing competition, in which the best script is made into a film, has also produced the winners at the Berlin film festival two years in a row. Some on show this year have already won awards, meanwhile: Colombian motherhood story “Leidi” took the top prize at Cannes while Belfast childhood comedy “Boogaloo And Graham” won the Bafta (and an Oscar nomination). Kirkby returns to judge this year’s shorts, which play in feature-length programmes, with prizes in documentary, animated, international and British shorts up for grabs. There are also filmmaker Q&As and a few features, including a version of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot starring Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman. Good company to be in, then. 

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