About Crystal Palace International Film Festival

Founded in 2009 the Crystal Palace International Film Festival is an annual festival held in South East London, CPIFF presents a rich and diverse programme of Independent film from all over the world, including world, European, UK and regional premieres. CPIFF’s mission is to discover, support, and exhibit pioneering work by global and local independent filmmakers and to introduce viewers to alternative cinematic experiences. 

Run by a core group, CPIFF has established itself as a major event for the local and surrounding area and beyond. Committed to screening the work of Independent directors from all over the world, CPIFF showcases films from 9 categories in unique surroundings with culinary experiences and themed evenings.

At CPIFF we are committed to providing a truly exceptional experience and celebration of film, inspiring and enthralling audiences. We hope to discover new talent and give a platform to filmmakers worldwide to showcase their work to a new, growing and eager audience.

UK Film Festival Judges

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CPIFF winners are chosen by a prestigious panel of celebrity and respected film industry judges including comedians Johnny Vegas
Sony Gold winning, UK comic Mark Steel who presented the CPIFF awards 4 years in a row.

Peppa Pig

Other UK judges are Neville Astley, creator of worldwide phenomenon Peppa Pig
Brian Dooley BAFTA winning writer of
The Smoking Room and Being Human.

The Judges

Johnny Vegas 

One of the UK’s best known comedians, his CV as a performer, writer and 
producer is long, from starring in countless TV and radio shows to acting alongside Johnny Depp.

Mark Steel 

One the UK’s original ‘alternative’ comics and a familiar face on TV and regular on BBC Radio 4 including his own SONY award winning series ‘Mark Steel’s in Town’, author of several 
books and a weekly columnist for the Independent newspaper. Mark has also hosted four CPIFF Awards Nights.

Roberta Gallinari

Co-founder and director at CPIFF

Neville Astley

Co-creator of the UK’s worldwide phenomoenon that is Peppa Pig, producing and directing hundreds of episodes, translated into over 30 languages winning many awards and don’t forget Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Beverly Dixon

MD of Woolyback Productions, UK, producer and executive producer of many TV and radio programs.

Brian Dooley

Brian is a Bafta winning writer of TV’s The Smoking Room and has worked on Being Human and Way To Go, plus many more.

Quentin Miles

Animation director at Cinesite, Quentin has directed special effects and animation on
 blockbusters such as Harry Potter, James Bond, Batman and X-Men franchises and Disney Pixars’ John Carter of Mars. 
An impressive pedigree indeed.

Hayley Ayers
Hayley has 16 years industry experience and has worked with Graham Norton, Jo Brand and John Bishop.

Everton Nelson
Everton, a renowned violinist and orchestra leader has worked on an impressively long list of big films such as James Bond and Harry Potter franchises, The Twilight Trilogy, The Bourne Trilogy, Mission impossible, Lord of the Rings, Prometheus

Martin Tempia

Martin has produced TV for over 25 years working for the likes of Celador, Hat Trick Productions and Polygram. He currently has his own projects in development with Channel 4 and the BBC.

Judging criteria
Each submission will be watched and judged on the following criteria: 
Direction, Cinematography, Entertainment Value, Acting, Screenplay, Sensitivity and Approach (documentary) Animation quality and Soundtrack etc where relevant to the category.

Finalists will be chosen and forwarded to our celebrity and Industry judges who will choose a winner for each category.

Tom Goodman-Hill

A big thank you to Tom Goodman-Hill (Humans, Mr Selfridge, Everest) who held a Q & A session on our Launch Night and presented the CPIFF Awards.

The Festival and Crystal Palace

Screenings take place in and around Crystal Palace, London, UK. Category winners are presented with a CPIFF specially designed award at the CPIFF Gala Finale and awards evening.

Nights are held in funky venues such as churches and theatres with incredible architecture serving delicious food, drink with other entertainments available.

Crystal Palace is one of the coolest parts of London and the UK, a triangle of streets with bars and restaurants of every cuisine, it is steeped in history, has great views overlooking London and 3 parks – one even has dinosaurs.


Crystal Palace is the home of the national sports centre which hosts international athletics and live concerts. Two transmitters stand out clearly in the skyline hence the design of the festival’s logo. In 1938 John Logie Baird, the inventor of television, made the world’s first ever colour broadcast from the actual Crystal Palace site after it burned down in 1936.
The BBC still broadcast from here.

The CPIFF videos were produced by Harlequin Productions a London TV commercial production company and media buying advertising agency.