British Cultural Film Festival & Market (BCFF) is Crawley's first-ever film festival. It'll be hosted by the Crawley Film Initiative, a non-profit cultural hub. The festival will be accessible from all over the world due to it being located within a 10-minute journey from Gatwick International Airport.

Submissions Open

We are looking for talented filmmakers to submit their films to be screened at the British Cultural Film Festival. This is a great opportunity to shine a light on your work and get it seen by an audience with awards to be won.

what to expect

The festival will span over the week of August 21st – 27th 2023 and will consists of;

– Buyers Market
– TED Talks from industry professionals will be broadcast globally.
– Film-related workshops.
– Feature film screenings.
– A short film corner.
– An award ceremony for the Films submitted.



We welcome filmmakers from all over the globe to join us at a brand new film festival & buyers market which is located in Crawley (UK) right next to Gatwick Airport. This festival is supported by Cinando for a summer 2023 Launch. Distributors and sales agents from around Europe and the world will attend the festival’s Buyers market looking for content to add to their catalogue. The buyers market will give an opportunity for distributors and film producers to network and do business together.


The Hawth Theatre – Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

The British Cultural Film Festival will be held at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley. A large venue to cater for a film festival with easy access from car, train or plane.

Since opening in 1988, the Hawth Theatre has held major productions year on year. They have catered for some of the biggest names and events so it’s a perfect fit for the festival only being 5 minutes from Crawley town centre.



Car – A large car park situated at the front side of the building upon entry



Train – Crawley train station 20 minute walk / Three bridges train station 18 minutes walk


Plane – Gatwick Airport just a 12 minute taxi drive.



The Hawth has indoor studios with screens and an outdoor cinema space that will screen short films throughout the event. It also has a main auditorium that seats 855 people for screening of the centrepiece series, ROMEO. HOTEL. ELEVEN.