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The future is short(film)

Posted on Aug 9, 2022 by Samara Husbands

Creo provides a gateway for the development of creative excellence for budding makers of short film

Sponsored by Sony, Creo has created the Future Short Filmmaker Awards – a major new programme for short film. The vision for the awards is to elevate voices from around the globe, who possess a fresh perspective on storytelling.

30 shortlisted candidates will be carefully selected and flown out to LA for the Awards ceremony, taking place in February 2023. Winners from six categories – including the Environment and Future format – will be announced on the night. Winners will receive cash prizes and a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment.

Winners will be selected by a panel of leading figures chaired by award-winning theatre, television and film director Justin Chadwick.

The following two days, executives from Sony Pictures will lead a plethora of workshops, screenings and panel discussions, featuring top experts in the industry. The two-day epic excursion will cover topics including pitching to legal, working with talent agencies, and using the latest cutting-edge technologies.

This is invaluable to any short filmmaker looking for exclusive access and unparalleled insight into the industry. 

The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards includes the following competitions and categories:

Filmmaker

The Filmmaker competition elevates original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling.

  • Three categories:FictionNon-Fiction and Environment.
  • Entries must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be shot on any device.
  • Shortlist of up to 15 filmmakers (maximum five per category).
  • Winners and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program.
  • The three category winners additionally receive $5,000 (USD) and an FX9 Cinema Line Camera (plus lens).

Student Filmmaker 

The Student Filmmaker competition rewards the talent soon set to shape the industry.

  • Two categories:Fiction and Non-Fiction.
  • Entrants must be studying a film course at a registered institution at a diploma or degree level worldwide.
  • Entries must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be shot on any device.
  • Shortlist of up to 10 is selected (maximum five per category) to ensure representation for the different continents and a diverse range of global talent.
  • Winners and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program.
  • The two category winners and their institutions additionally receive a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment. 

Future Format

The Future Format competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a new technical brief each year.

  • For 2023, submissions to be shot exclusively on a smartphone.
  • Entries must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length and can be shot on any smartphone.
  • Shortlist of up to five is selected.
  • Winner and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program.
  • The category winner additionally receives $2,500 (USD) and a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment.

The deadline for all entries is December 13, 2022, at 1PM UK time. The two-day workshop program will take place at the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California on February 23rd and 24th, 2023. The jury panel for the inaugural edition will be announced in September 2022.

For more information and to submit to the Awards visit: www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com

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