Young Filmmakers Competition

Young Filmmakers' Competition 2017 - Open for Entries!

Deadline: Friday 30 June 2017, 5pm

Calling all young filmmakers from North East England and South East Scotland aged 19 years and under...

We’re thrilled to announce that the Young Filmmakers’ Competition is back! The prestigious prize aims to encourage and support budding young filmmakers in our region through two separate competition streams.

The Chris Anderson Award (for filmmakers 15-19 years old)

We invite young people (aged 15-19 years old) to submit their short films to compete for The Chris Anderson Award and a cash prize of £250. This competition commemorates the life of Chris Anderson who was an active supporter of our Festival and of developing skills in young filmmakers. The Award is kindly supported by his family – widow Chrissie Anderson and son Paul W.S. Anderson, Director of Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator.

Young Filmmakers’ Award (for filmmakers 14 years and under)

We invite young people (aged 14 years old and under) to submit their short films to compete for the Young Filmmakers’ Award and a cash prize of £250.

Films will be shortlisted for the competition by a new Young Film Programming Group; young people aged 13 to 19 years old who are interested in film. The group will meet over the summer to watch the entries and select the shortlist.

The shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to see their films on the big screen at the Young Filmmakers’ Competition Screening – a special event at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema on Sunday 24 September 2017 during the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The jury will comprise of an expert panel and the winner of each category will be presented with their prestigious award and £250 towards their next filmmaking project.

The Young Filmmakers’ Competition is open to schools, colleges, youth groups and individuals and is free to enter. We accept entries via online submission (must include your film’s website URL) or DVD and we are looking for short films up to 20 minutes long.

Deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 30th June 2017 and applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted by early September.

You have two options to enter your film to the Young Filmmakers' Competition set out below. Please read the Entry Guidelines for entry requirements and more detailed information on how to enter.

1) Online - please complete the online entry form, making sure you include the URL to your film in full (and any necessary passwords) in your application.

2) By Post - please download and complete the application form and send with your DVD to:

Young Filmmakers’ Competition, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival,
The Maltings Theatre & Cinema, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1AJ.


Good luck!