Now in its fifth year, Portsmouth’s Making Waves Short Film Competition 2017 is now open for entries! Making Waves supports and exhibits pioneering work by international talent and local independent film-makers; maximising opportunities to develop skills in film-making, distribution and events. Film makers are encouraged to enter films in categories such as the Best International Film, Best National Film and Best Local Film categories, with winners’ films being screened during the Making Waves Film Festival week and at partner film festivals. In 2016 the Making Waves Short Film Competition attracted over 150 entries from across the world.
The competition was judged by three British industry experts led by Emmy award winning documentary producer and director Tony Steyger whose work includes BBC’s series Video Diaries. He was the inspiration behind the BBC’s Mass Observation series Video Nation, the camcorder anthropology of everyday life. Other judges were Dominque Young, formerly a Senior Producer based in Al Jazeera English’s bureau in London and Steve McDonnell an award winning current affairs documentary who has spent 30 years working for ITV, the BBC and C5. Among his awards are five from the NY Film Festival, nine from the RTS, and the ITN gold award for best in current affairs. Judges, International partners and distrubution partners will be revealed at a later date.
The competition includes awards for BEST LOCAL FILM (South of UK, up to Brighton), BEST NATIONAL FILM, BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM plus the AUDIENCE AWARD. Film length is a maximum 10 minutes, with the closing date for entries July 21st. Shortlisted films will be announced on 5th September and the shortlisted films will be screened in October at a Galla Event at The Wedgewood Rooms.