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The Viewfinder Film Awards is more than just another Film Festival. 

With a whole host of creative categories available for filmmakers of all ages, with special categories supporting the creative art of Young Filmmakers- and with real, developmental prizes for winners, The Viewfinder Film Festival makes a difference.

With all profits from entries going towards the delivery of The Viewfinder Film Academy, your art creates change. 

Our winners get more than just Laurels and Trophies (although they get those too!)

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Check out what the winners in each category receive below.  

SELECT YOUR CATEGORY BELOW AND ENTER NOW.

CREATE ART CREATE CHANGE.

BEST FEATURE FILM

For films that are more than 40 minutes in length.

Films must be original works and free from any copyright constraints.  Projects must have been completed after January 2019.

WINNERS RECEIVE a cash prize from the Birmingham Short film Fund towards their next production and professional advice on their next pitch.

BEST SHORT FILM

BY A YOUNG FILMMAKER

For films that are less than 30 minutes in length.

Filmmaker and at least one of the leading actors must be be between the ages of 11-21 to qualify.

Films must be original works and free from any copyright constraints.  Projects must have been completed after January 2019.

WINNERS RECEIVE the opportunity to have a scene from their next script  read by actors represented by The Bazan Talent Agency,  receiving advice, professional feedback and a vital insight into your characters and dialogue.

BEST MONOLOGUE OR SPOKEN WORD

Submissions must be all the artists original work.

Pieces can be filmed on any camera/device as long as they are clear.  Pieces can be no longer than 8 minutes.

WINNERS RECEIVE ​Online or face-to-face acting workshop or advice with one of Bazan Talent Agencies top working professional actors OR the chance to audition for representation with the Bazan Talent Agency.

BEST SUPPORTING actor

For supporting performance in a Feature or Short Film only.  Actor must be the main lead in their film.

WINNERS RECEIVE the chance to audition for representation with the Bazan Talent Agency OR the chance to book a DISCOUNTED showreel scene to be filmed EXCLUSIVELY them.

BEST YOUNG DIRECTOR

For Direction of a Feature or Short Film only.  Director must be aged between 11-21 to qualify.

WINNERS RECEIVE FREE entry into the category of their choice for the following years awards PLUS their full film will be available to view on the Film Awards Website, publicised to agents, crew, actors and distributors internationally.

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

For Direction or Production of a Music Video.  Submissions must be by the Video creator and not the Music Artist.   No fan made videos for existing releases will be accepted.

ONE TO WATCH AWARDS

There will also be awards for artists, performers and/or creators that the judges feel deserve a special mention for their work. 

WINNERS RECEIVE a FREE biographical listing across all of the Viewfinder Film Awards online platforms and half price entry for a project they are involved in as a lead actor or key member of crew in next years film awards.

BEST FEATURE FILM

BY A YOUNG FILMMAKER

For films that are more than 40 minutes in length.

Filmmaker and at least one of the leading actors must be be between the ages of 11-21 to qualify.

Films must be original works and free from any copyright constraints.  Projects must have been completed after January 2019.

WINNERS RECEIVE the chance to pitch their next feature idea to Daniel Alexander Films and Pretty Hate Productions, receiving advice, 2 months of mentoring, professional feedback and maybe even the chance to move forward into production!

BEST SCREENPLAY

For Screenplays under 30 pages or more than 30 pages. Select the correct option when submitting.

Screenplays must be submitted in PDF format with a title page to include the name(s) of all writers.

WINNERS RECEIVE professional script advice and development from Matthew R. Ford for 3 months to help develop your next script.

BEST actor

For performance in a Feature or Short Film only.  Actor must be lead in any one of the submitted films in this category.

WINNERS RECEIVE the chance to audition for representation with the Bazan Talent Agency OR the chance to book a DISCOUNTED showreel scene to be filmed EXCLUSIVELY them.

BEST YOUNG SUPPORTING actor

For supporting performance in a Feature or Short Film only.  Actor must be the main lead in their film.

Actor must be between the ages of 8-21 to qualify.

WINNERS RECEIVE online or face-to-face acting workshop or advice with one of Bazan Talent Agencies top working professional actors.

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC/BEST SCORE 

For music composed for or used in a Feature or Short Film only.  Music must be used with all relevant copyright permissions, be royalty free or be original compositions to qualify.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

For Direction or Production of an Animated Film, Episode, Music Video or Documentary.  Animation can be of any style and films must be between 2 and 15 minutes in duration.  This category is open to any age group from 11+.

BEST SHORT FILM

For films that are less than 30 minutes in length.

Films must be original works and free from any copyright constraints.  Projects must have been completed after January 2019.

WINNERS RECEIVE a cash prize from the Birmingham Short film Fund towards their next production and professional advice on their next pitch.

BEST SCREENPLAY by a young writer

For Screenplays under 30 pages or more than 30 pages.

Select the correct option when submitting.

Screenplays must be submitted in PDF format with a title page to include the name(s) of all writers.

Writers must be between the ages of 11-21 to qualify.

WINNERS RECEIVE professional script advice and development from Matthew R. Ford for 3 months to help develop your next script.

BEST YOUNG actor

For performance in a Feature or Short Film only.  Actor must be between the ages of 8-21 to qualify.

WINNERS RECEIVE online or face-to-face acting workshop or advice with one of Bazan Talent Agencies top working professional actors.

BEST DIRECTOR

For Direction of  a Feature or Short Film only.  

WINNERS RECEIVE FREE entry into the category of their choice for the following years awards PLUS their full film will be available to view on the Film Awards Website, publicised to agents, crew, actors and distributors internationally.

BEST DOCUMENTARY 

For a Documentary shot in any format and of any duration between 10minutes and 2 hours.  Any subject will be considered and this category is open to submissions from anybody aged 11+.

WINNERS RECEIVE FREE entry into the category of their choice for the following years awards PLUS their full film will be available to view on the Film Awards Website, publicised to agents, crew, actors and distributors internationally.

BEST MAKE-UP AND/OR SPECIAL EFFECTS

For outstanding Make Up and/or Special Effects in any category.

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