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About Small Axe

  • No film can be too political
  • We accept everything - from direct polemic, to experimental film, from original fiction to observational documentary.
  • We want opinion, analysis, personal stories, ideology, vision and fresh perspectives.
  • Challenge, explore, celebrate, discuss…

In short, any film that you feel is radical is welcome. As long as it is short (under 30 minutes). 


We will be giving awards in the following categories:

Films made by activists and full time film-makers:

  • Best Factual Film
  • Best Fiction Film

Films made by Students:

  • Best Fiction Film
  • Best Factual Film



The festival runs over three days (from Friday to Sunday) showing a selection of feature films and competition shorts. On Sunday morning there is a full programme of shorts, followed by the announcement of the Small Axe awards.

There is a charge to attend the full weekend, but there is free entry on the Sunday.

Our Patrons and supporters include Paul Watson and Ken Loach. In previous years the Smallaxe Jury has included Leila Sansour, Jeremy Hardy and Fran Higson. Award winners are invited to participate in the Jury for future years.

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