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Southampton Film Week’s annual film competition SFW: Shorts is accepting submissions of short films of all styles, genres & techniques from filmmakers of all levels of experience. SFW: Shorts is an open competition where the only limitations are that films must be under 10 minutes in length (including credits) and must have been completed after January 2017.
SFW: Shorts has several awards & prizes to be won including the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film, the Audience Award and the Solent University sponsored Regional Filmmaker Prize - Filmmakers from Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex and Isle of Wight will be in contention for this award.
In 2017, filmmakers Craig McDougall & Emma Lieghio of Broken Physics received the Regional Filmmaker Prize for their documentary ‘Welsh Slate’. Other Filmmakers to receive this award have included animators Andreea Stan for ‘Sunrise Street’ and Sinead Stoddart for ‘Munchies’.
Regional Filmmakers can submit their short films via FilmFreeway for just $10 at any time whilst the competition is open for submissions. This means local filmmakers will not have to worry about the increasing submission fee after the earlybird and regular deadlines pass-by.
Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films to any of the following categories:
Best Artists' Moving Image - for experimental and artist films which can be narrative or non-narrative. Any style of film is accepted including animation, live action, music, dance, abstract etc.
Best Documentary - for non-fiction (factual) short films of any theme or style including animation, live action, talking heads, expository or reflective documentaries.
Best Fiction - for narrative based fictional short films of any theme, style or genre including animation, drama, horror, comedy, thriller, romance, sci-fi etc.
There are plenty of short film programmes on offer at Southampton Film Week 2017 many of which include Q&A/Discussion with local filmmakers. Read on for details of these events. You an also find more amazing short films screening as part of SFW: Shorts 2017 Award Ceremony on Saturday 18 November.
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Come and enjoy Artists' Moving Image work at Southampton Film Week 2017 with Kye Wilson's new exhibition and an evening of short films presented by the John Hansard Gallery. You will also find Artists' Moving Image films screening as part of SFW: Shorts 2017 in the new category for Best Artist Film. Read on for details.
Angel:lengA - 13th - 19th November - 12pm - 5pm at God's House Tower
Kye Wilson’s new moving-image artwork ‘Angel:legnA’ employs the motifs and working methods of celebrated film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky to explore collective human experience.
Interweaving Tarkovsky’s memories and dreams with those of participants, Wilson says "I reimagine notions of self in order to demonstrate that everyone can engage with and contribute to quality art."
Kye Wilson is a Creative Lab Associate to the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth.
‘Angel:legnA’ is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by Southampton Cultural Development Trust.
Monday 13th November Private View from 5.30pm - 8pm plus artist talk.
There past the borders of nowhere: A John Hansard Gallery event organised in partnership with Southampton Film Week - Tuesday 14th November - 7pm at God's House Tower
John Hansard Gallery presents a curated evening of artist’s film at God’s House Tower. The films on show offer a continuation of the gallery’s summer programme, one which centred around the themes of ‘…a good neighbour’, in partnership with the Istanbul Biennial 2017. John Hansard Gallery’s subsequent summer outreach activity responded to notions of home and neighbourhood, and the changes in ways we interact with one another and live in our private spheres. A stunning collection of film is offered from an impressive range of artists.
SFW: Shorts Screening and Awards Ceremony - Saturday 18th November - 2pm at Sonar Cinema, Southampton Solent University
Screening and Award Ceremony for our own short film competition where 6 prizes will be awarded to the Best Short Documentary, Best Artist Film, Best Short Fiction, Audience Award, the Regional Filmmaker prize and the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film.
For more information on all these events and to see the full programme go to www.southamptonfilmweek.com/whats-on
Southampton Film Week is building a team of young people between 12 and 19 yrs of age, to document (filming & photography) Youth Film Festival events, write reviews and articles to be posted on the Southampton Film Week website and help with the programming and promotion of Youth Film Festival events during the festival and beyond.
SFW wants young people who have an interest in film, event photography & filming, film festival programming (event planning) and/or journalism to join the team. Experience is not essential as you will be working with the Southampton Film Week team.
In 2016 the YFF team helped to organise free workshops for young people in pre-production and music video and presented a showcase screening to celebrate young and local filmmaking talent. Join us now to continue this great work for Southampton Film Week 2017.
Click here to apply to be part of the Youth Film Festival team.
Regular Deadline Thursday 31st August
Southampton Film Week is open for submissions with the Regular deadline at the end of August. SFW: Shorts accepts short films of all production styles and techniques and, new for 2017, filmmakers can submit their short films to the following categories: Best Artist Film, Best Short Documentary and Best Short Fiction. Films must be no more than 10 minutes long (including credits). Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway
The Best Short Fiction category is for narrative based fictional short films of any theme, style or genre including animation, drama, horror, comedy, thriller, romance, Sci-Fi etc. Fictional short films have played a huge part in Southampton Film Week’s programme from the annual Short Story Cinema which regularly fills the Sonar Cinema space at Southampton Solent University to our own City Eye Cinema at which we feature City Eye's own selection of shorts. Short Fictions have been successful at SFW: Shorts throughout the competition’s run, including in 2013 when local filmmaker Phil Peel took home The Michael Fuller Award for Best Film with ‘Love’ and local filmmaking duo Edward and Carol Lyons, received the Audience Award for ‘Send in the Clones’. In 2016 animator Sinead Stoddart scooped both the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film and the Regional Filmmaker prize with 'Munchies', whilst Benjamin Sutton's 'BAIT' won the Audience Award.
Visit SFW: Shorts 2017 for information about this competition and for more details take a look at our Terms and Conditions page and Frequently asked Questions.