31 August: Van d’Or Film Awards 2012
Van d’Or Film Awards 2012 will once again celebrate the very best in independent film but his year’s awards will be a little differet: this time they’re awarding a European crop of independent films. Also, there is a new student category for full-time film students and recent graduates with a prize worth over £1k of film-making equipment.
The Van d’Or Awards will take place in September and will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts from the independent film world, including Oscar-nominees, seminal directors and inspiring industry key players.
2 September: Nintendo 3DS XL and BFI 3D Short Filmmaking Competition
Nintendo and the BFI, both committed to finding and nurturing the best new British film talent, are inviting emerging filmmakers to submit a short film using the wide range of filming modes on the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL.
Focused around the theme of ‘British Summer 2012’, the winning film will be premiered before the Nintendo Gala screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place from 10 – 21 October 2012.
For more information, please visit their website here.
7 September: Cine-City Brighton Film Festival
CINECITY are looking for films made by Brighton based film makers for presentation during the 2012 festival as part of their Brighton Screenings strand.
They are interested in both shorts and feature length films, fiction, documentaries, animation, experimental and artists’ films. Films must have been completed after July 2011.
Find out more about the application process here.
20 September: Berlinale Talent Campus
The Berlinale Talent Campus brings emerging filmmakers and seasoned film professionals together and offers them a platform to refresh their views, discover new horizons, find fellow filmmaking collaborators and discuss new trends and developments in contemporary cinema and media.
The Campus will take place at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre (HAU 1-3) in Berlin-Kreuzberg from February 9-14, 2013 with the title “Some Like It Hot”.
If you would like to be one of the 300 emerging filmmakers from all over the world to take part in the Berlinale Talent Campus, find out more about eligibility and the application procedure here.
For more information, visit the Berlinale Talent Campus website.
21 September: Making Tracks
Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform on which to showcase new film talent. At their next Making Tracks event at Rich Mix on 18th October 2012, Whirlygig Cinema will present a diverse programme of short films alongside brand new scores, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.
If you would like to experience your short film with a live score, submit it here.
For more information, visit the Whirlygig Cinema website.
30 September: LOCO – The London Comedy Film Festival
From 24-27 January 2013, LOCO will be celebrating the world’s best comedy film-making at BFI Southbank and selected cinemas across London. Submissions are now open for the LOCO Discovery Award for a British comedy feature film and for the short comedy film programme.
DISCOVERY AWARD FOR A BRITISH COMEDY FEATURE FILM WITHOUT DISTRIBUTION
Following the success of the 2012 winner Black Pond that went on to win a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut, LOCO are looking for the 2013 Discovery Award for a British comedy feature film that does not yet have distribution. Films must have been completed after January 1st 2011, and the minimum runtime is 70 minutes. Films in any language are welcome provided they have English subtitles.
To find out more about this exciting film festival, check out the LOCO website here.
1 October: Deadline for Soundtrack International Film & Music Festival
Based in Cardiff but with satellite events reaching around the country, the Soundtrack International Film and Music Festival was launched in 2008 as an annual event that would celebrate the distinctive relationship between music and the moving image.
Your film will need to be relevant to Soundtrack’s theme in order to be considered. They also accept short films and short music documentaries. For more information about this, check the FAQ section of their website here.