The annual awards ceremony will give prizes in the following categories with all submissions judged by a panel of industry experts and alumni:

Best picture
Best short film
Best documentary
Best animated film
Best foreign film
Best first time feature
Best British film
Best student film (any film category)
Best Surrey film (any film category)
Best director
Best woman director
Lead actor*
Lead actress*
Supporting actor*
Supporting actress*
Sound design
Make up
Short screenplay**
TV pilot script**

* Winners of the Lead Actor/Actress and Supporting Actor/Actress awards will also receive the BACKSTAGE PRIZE (see below for details).
** Winners in all writing categories will receive the judge’s reader report, an online Shonda Rhimes masterclass and a recorded script reading by professional actors.

Prizes will be presented at a gala, red carpet ceremony by both industry names and local business leaders, all promoted across numerous high-profile media platforms.


All award winners will receive free festival passes to all festival events, as well as an invitation to the networking party (which will be exclusive to award winners) with the judging panel and other industry alumni.


SEIFF certificate for Best Director 2018All films, scripts and screenplays officially selected will receive the festival’s Official Selection laurels to display on any artwork together with a certificate. Award winners will receive awards laurels and certificates together with a trophy.

Trophies and certificates will be presented at the closing awards ceremony. Trophies will be sent at the festival’s expense to any winners not able to attend.


Winners of the SEIFF Lead actor, Lead actress, Supporting actor, and Supporting actress awards will each also be presented with the Backstage Prize. Sponsored by Backstage, the top online casting platform in the USA and the UK, each recipient will receive 12-month free membership of Backstage giving them unlimited access to over 4,000 new casting notices posted each week. See Backstage for further details.


All films officially selected will be screened at the festival and will be featured in the printed festival brochure. A complimentary copy of the festival brochure will be sent to the representative of each film, script, or screenplay featured in the brochure as officially selected.