Feature Film Awards

The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film: Cash Prize £20,000

Named in homage to one of Britain’s most original filmmakers and inaugurated in 1990. Rewarding imagination and creativity in British filmmaking it is judged by an international jury. Performances within the nominated films will also be elligible for the Award for Best Performance in a British Film.



The Award for Best Performance in a British Feature Film

Judged by the Michael Powell Award Competition Jury, this award is intended to celebrate and promote the great tradition of the art of film performance in the UK.

The Audience Award

EIFF’s Audience Award, a popular award with the public, filmmakers and distributors alike, is voted for by cinema-goers attending public screenings. Embracing the Festival’s ongoing commitment to engage audiences in discussion of the art and the future of cinema, the Audience Award programme will solicit and publish audience commentary via online forums. Selected audience participants will also be invited to the Festival’s Awards Ceremony.

The Award for Best International Feature Film: Cash Prize £10,000

EIFF seeks to represent global trends in cinema by introducing important new films and new filmmaking directions. This award is intended to highlight filmmaking from outside the UK that is imaginative, innovative and deserving of wider recognition.


The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film: Cash Prize £10,000

The Award for Best Documentary Feature Film recognises the immense strength of documentary filmmaking, which is currently pioneering new ways of imagining the world while insiting with urgency, creativity, and vigour on the vital relationship between film and reality. EIFF seeks to applaud these efforts with this prestegious award.

The Student Critics Jury Award

The Student Critics Jury programme, inaugurated at EIFF 2012, affirms EIFF’s support for the future of film criticism by giving the next generation of film critics an opportunity to gain practical experience in their craft under the guidance of established professional critics. Members of the jury are selected from applications received from higher-education and further-education institutions in Scotland. In addition to giving an award, the jury members will write short essays about the films and the festival. Selected pieces will be published on the EIFF web site.


Short Film Awards

The McLaren Award for New British Animation

First given in 1990, this award provides a focus for new British short animation and recognises the spirit of creativity. The award is named in honour of Norman McLaren, the renowned Scottish-born animator.

The Award for Best Short Film

This award affirms EIFF’s long-standing support of directors of short films and is intended both to recognise the outstanding achievements possible within the short format and to offer encouragement for the feature filmmakers of the future.

The Award for Creative Innovation in a Short Film

Introduced for the first time last year, this award specifically recognises imaginative and innovative work in the short film form.

The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Short Film

Introduced for the first time last year, this award supports short filmmaking by recognising an outstanding contribution to a short film. The award may be given to an individual in any creative department, including (but not limited to) direction, writing, music, editing, art direction, performance, and animation. Films in the competition are drawn from the Shorts, Black Box, and Animation strands of EIFF.



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EIFF Student Critics 2014

Edinburgh International Film Festival is pleased to confirm the return of the Student Critics Jury for its third year and now invites students to apply to experience the Festival as a film critic.

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