MiraBan UK Film Awards (2018-present) (5)


04 Dec 2023
Call for entries

31 May 2024
Early deadline

01 Sep 2024
Standard deadline

16 Dec 2024
Late deadline

19 Jan 2025
Extended deadline


25 Jan 2025
Notification date

24 Jan 2025
26 Jan 2025


20-22 Wenlock Rd,  N17GU, LONDON, LONDON, United Kingdom

Festival description
Short film festival >1' 20'<
Feature film festival

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 March 2021
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  >1' 20'<
 Feature Films 
 Any language
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Festival start: 24 January 2025      Festival end: 26 January 2025

Explore our festival:


Welcome to the fifth edition of the MiraBan UK Film Awards (MUFA), an annual London-based Independent,Film Festival driven by diversity and inclusivity. We are currently members of BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub London.

MUFA is the brainchild of MiraBan Ltd, a creative content company specialising in film festival management and distribution, brought to life by its dedicated fans, followers, and subscribers.

Our primary goal is to shine a global spotlight on emerging and seasoned independent filmmakers, celebrating artistic excellence while highlighting exceptional British and International films that champion diversity.

Inaugurated on December 7th, 2018, the first MUFA edition premiered at the iconic Electric Cinema, a historic venue that holds a legacy of pioneering filmmaking. With a heritage dating back to 1910, the Electric Cinema was one of Britain's first electrically powered motion picture exhibition locations—a hub for independent film pioneers.

MUFA is a festival of and for independent filmmakers, embracing diversity and inclusivity in auteur cinema. Behind MUFA's success stands a team of active film practitioners who share a passion for elevating independent cinema.

MUFA welcomes submissions across a range of categories, including International and UK Feature Films, Short Narratives (Comedy or Drama), Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Experimental, Animation, Editing, Screenplay, Film Score, Acting Performance, Film Script, and more.

Learn more about us on Youtube, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook:

Visit our website: mirabanukfilmawards.co.uk

- Winners of this edition may be offered a distribution deal on streamauteur.com

- All finalist films will be included in our screening list at the Bromley Picturehouse Cinema.

- They will remain available for 2 days at the cinema venue. You can also access them through the cinema's box office. We'll inform you about the start of pre-sale at the cinema, allowing you to invite local friends, families, and colleagues to experience your film on the big screen.

- All the finalists will receive 1 year distribution on streamauteur.com, our online platform celebrating exceptional auteur films globally. All finalists will be competing for the ***Best Film - Audience Award*** The film with the highest viewership throughout the distribution year will win the Best Film Audience Award recognition.

- All finalists will receive a VIP pass to our London Film & TV Career Expo during the festival days.

Your chance to get access to iPitch.tv, a cutting-edge platform for creators to pitch original TV, Film, and Digital Media ideas directly to Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives. Winners of the MiraBan UK Film Awards (MUFA, IV Edition) will receive valuable coupon codes for iPitch.TV subscriptions, including:

A $117 value for the 3-month subscription

- CERTIFICATE, WINNER LAUREL, TROPHIES to the following Feature length categories:

Best UK Feature Film
Best International Feature Film

-TROPHY, CERTIFICATE, AND WINNERS' LAURELS to the following short categories:

Best UK Short Film
Best International Short Film

CERTIFICATE, WINNERS LAURELS to the following short film categories:

Best Drama (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Comedy (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Animation (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Experimental (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Documentary (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Editing (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Directing (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best LGBTQ+ Short Film (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Diversity Film (Certificate + 3 month
iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Actor (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Actress (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

Best Film Script (Certificate + 3 month iPitch.tv worth $117.00)

-An exceptional trophy and recognition are dedicated to:

Best Film Score

MiraBan UK Film awards - Rules and Terms

The following rules govern all film submissions to the MiraBan UK Film awards:

General Eligibility:

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must have english subtitles at the time of submission.

Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the participating submission platform (Festhome).

In the event of a password change or link change after submitting, you must email the Festival at info.miraban@gmail.com immediately with that change so we may update your record. If the Festival is not notified of the change, and the link is found to be inactive or the password incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.

MiraBan UK Film awards screens films as digital files during the Festival. In case of selection, you will be required to provide your movie in a ProRes HQ file format (3840x2160p minimum) and no more than a 5 GB file.

Films in each category must have been completed after March 1, 2021. Films must be available for screening during the MiraBan UK Film awards (every edition) upon request after notification of selection is sent.

Selection for screening will be determined no later than 2 weeks prior to the festival.
Films that are accessible for free, and generally openly available on the internet without password protection may be subject to disqualification. Films can be already in distribution on any paid VOD, or SVOD distribution platform.

Short films that are publicly available online prior to the Festival may be considered for exhibition during the Festival, but will be ineligible for Jury awards. We prefer that shorts not be publicly available online.
Private invite-only screenings (for instance for cast and crew or donors) do not affect a film’s eligibility.

MUFA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

Films that are selected to screen at the Festival may not necessarily be selected to be “in competition” for awards purposes.

Notifications regarding potential selection for competition status possibly may occur subsequent to notifications of acceptance for exhibition.

Student films are welcome to apply for every category. The winning student film will be nominated and awarded as stated but, unless for the exceptions solely made by the jury, the films will not fit in the in-person screening schedule with the professional filmmakers on the Award Ceremony Day. They will be solely available during our Livestream festival days.

Documentaries and other Feature-length categories will be nominated and awarded as stated, yet the jury reserves the right to decide whether or not they will fully fit in the screening schedule on the Award Ceremony Day. During the festival award ceremony, they can be screened partially to encourage discussion around the film topic, while they will be available online in full on our streaming platform to our festival members for the entire duration of the festival edition.

The jury of the festival can decide to call off an entire category if none of the films does match either the standard nor the level of the other films in the competing categories. The jurors’ vote is final and indisputable.
Originality and Permissions; INDEMNITY:

Films must be the original work of the applicants. If a film is based upon another person’s life or upon a book or other underlying work, applicant(s) must secure any necessary rights to make such adaptations. However, it is not necessary to submit the adaptation rights agreements to the Festival.
Neither the Festival nor its jurists investigates or attests to the authenticity of an applicant’s statement of authorship or rights secured. By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. MUFA expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

Additional Information:

We strongly recommend filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished and will judge each submission as a completed work, whether it is or not. Once a film is entered, we will not update the submission with a more recent cut. That said, because MUFA's focus is on story, minor technical changes will not affect the final decision of any film. Should the film be accepted to play during the Festival, the filmmaker will have the opportunity to supply the Festival with their most recent version.

Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by MUFA in connection with the dispute.

No check will be accepted to join the competition. Every payment must be secured through a trustworthy online payment platform.


The MiraBan UK Film awards does NOT waive entry fees. MUFA believes the same rules and entry fees should apply to all applicants so no one film is favored over another.

We understand the financial constraint of filmmaking and costs of submitting to festivals, and we still hope you can find it in your budget to submit your film.

Selected Films and Winners:

MUFA has no obligation (other than as stated in these rules or on our website) to disclose any of the following information: i) identities of screeners or jurors; ii) notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project; and/or iii) details regarding the submission review or selection process.

MUFA explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by MUFA or by its volunteers.

Winners will be announced as stated on the Notification Date. The jurors’ decision is final.

Although the selected, finalist, and winning films will receive their laurel, certificate, and/or award as stated in the "Award and prizes" section, MiraBan UK Film awards reserves the right to screen only the films that will fit into the festival schedule.
MiraBan UK Film awards jury can award a submitted film and/or its crew/cast member(s) based on talent, regardless of the film, crew/cast member(s) being in competition for a specific, awarded category. The decision of the jurors is final and unchangeable.

Submitting your film to MiraBan UK Film awards you automatically grant us copyright permission, in case of selection, to showcase your film on our online catalogue, as well as on the venue's catalogue, for indoor, outdoor and virtual events, or a hybrid screening where some of the audience attends in-person and some virtually. We, or our yearly chosen screening venue, may charge a fee for the festival entry pass as well as per film screened. In case you don't want your film to be included in the online festival month (streaming service), and in the in-person screenings, you must email us within 30 days after your submission date.


I/We have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules.

I/We warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission.

I/We also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead.

To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I/We understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee.

I/We acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, MUFA will not provide a refund.

No revisions of materials will be accepted once entry has been submitted.




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