I am running a short film competition for factual films with some great prizes. Inspired by the BBC’s acclaimed “Horizon” strand, this contest is for anyone with a passion for telling a true story using a good narrative, accompanied by great visuals.
Entries should be no less than 4 minutes and no more than 8 minutes in length, the subject can be anything you choose, provided it is true. I am looking for films that explain a real event, tell a true story, educate or enlighten. This could be a story about an expedition or adventure, a scientific discovery, a life story or natural history. It might be about you or someone else, where you live or somewhere you have visited. All entries must have a voice over or other form of spoken narrative. This can be in any language, but if it is not in English then English sub-titles must be included. It must contain live action, no graphics or CGI only productions please. It can be a self contained 8 minute film or an extract from a longer production. In the case of an extract it must leave me wanting to see the longer version.
To enter simply upload your video to Vimeo and then send me a message with the vimeo URL using the contact me tab above. Entries must be received by the 1st of March 2013 and the winners will be announced on the 8th of April 2013. Judging will be done by myself and other invited judges. The judges decision is final and there are no cash or alternate prizes.
The winning entry may choose from any of the prizes available, with second place etc choosing from the remaining prize list.
The Prize List:
Sony NEX-30 PAL Camcorder, kindly donated by Sony Europe.
Black Magic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle 2.
Ledpro X6 Camera Light, kindly donated by Alphatron.
If you wish to enter please read the rules below. Any entry not complying with the rules will be excluded from the competition.
RULES: Videos must be factual and have a voice over or narrative audio track. If not in English then English subtitles must be included. Entries must be no more than 8 minutes long and no less than 4 minutes long, they must be HD (720p or higher). Entries must have been completed within the last 18 months. The judges decision is final, no explanation may be given as to the reasons behind the winning selections. Any music used must be licensed for internet and web use. Entries containing material judged to be offensive or immoral will be excluded without explaination. There are no cash alternatives to the prizes. You must be over 18 or have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter. You may be required to prove that the facts within the film are true and accurate. The film must incorporate live action, real world footage. CGI only films will be excluded.