Our 10 day film challenge!

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Win a work placement with a film production company! 

Plus more fantastic experiential prizes to be won!

Business Disability Forum’s Film Festival is one of our annual flagship events.

Our film festival screens a wide-ranging programme of films with disability-related perspectives, challenging assumptions and attitudes and opening eyes to the reality of living with a disability.

We are a not-for-profit membership organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. Our members employ almost 20% of the UK workforce and, together, we seek to remove the barriers between public and private organisations and disabled people.

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The finalists' films will be shown to our membership which includes organisations such as Sainsbury’s, KPMG, BBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, ITV, BT, Shell, GlaxoSmithKline plus many more! See last year’s winning films here!

All entrants will have the chance to win a work placement with a film production company plus much more if they can answer our question on disability and identity using their film.

We released the official question via email on Friday 22 March 2019, with 10 days to create the film and submit by the deadline Sunday 31 March 2019.

Your entry will be judged by a panel of leaders from the world of TV, film and disability including:

Our prizes include:

  • Up to 3 days work experience with film production company 1stAveMachine - find out more about 1stAveMachine here!
  • One week work experience opportunity with Flare Studio
  • Amazon echo dots
  • Amazon Firesticks
  • Amazon vouchers
  • GoPro HERO (2018) Action Camera
  • Aurora HD Camera Drone

The winning films will be screened at our Film Festival on 18 June 2019 @ KPMG, Canary Wharf. The top three finalists will also be invited to the see their films screened at our annual Film Festival on 18 June 2019 hosted by KPMG. All films will be audio described and captioned for a fully accessible viewing experience.

Following the screening you will have the opportunity to meet and network with our membership, HR, Diversity and Inclusion managers from companies such as Barclays, Lloyds, Microsoft, Google, Loreal, Microlink, Fujitstu and more over canapés, beverages and popcorn!

See last year's winning films here!

You can submit your entry as an individual or as a team of up to three members it’s up to you! Create your film with your phone, laptop, point and shoot camera or DSLR camera, the choice is yours!


  • All teams should be up to three members and all teams need to have a spokesperson/director.
  • Film length: 5- 10 mins.
  • Format: .AVI, .MP4 or .WMV.
  • We need to receive all entries via WeTransfer.

Remember your work will be played on the big screen so make sure you record in a high enough quality.

Don’t forget to save all your work as we may come back to you with questions.

  • Genre? Your film can be fiction, non-fiction, animation, documentary, drama, experimental, or artistic etc. – there is no genre restriction.
  • Who can participate? We welcome films from students and graduates. We particularly welcome films featuring cast or crew with disabilities, but this is not a requirement for entry.

Registration has now closed.

To ensure you receive all information and updates about the Film Festival please add our email media@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk to your whitelist contacts.

To find out how to attend the event, please click here.