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A FILM FESTIVAL WITH A DIFFERENCE.
A FILM FESTIVAL THAT
MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

The Viewfinder Film Awards is a new international online and physical film festival dedicated to the promotion and development of creatives in the visual art of film.


The festival will invite entries across a broad spectrum of categories at varied and affordable price points, offering developmental awards for winners in tandem with our festival partners and ambassadors.

The festival will also act as a springboard for the Viewfinder Film Academy, a bespoke initiative for Young People continuing the efforts of ViewfinderUK CIC to use creative film making and story telling as a pathway toward positive futures.

This commitment means that every entrant will not only be supporting their film, but will also be supporting the development of disadvantaged young people across the country.

CELEBRATING ART, CELEBRATING TALENT, DEVELOPING FUTURES.

ABOUT US

A FILM FESTIVAL IN THE HEART OF THE U.K.
A FILM FESTIVAL FOR THE WHOLE WORLD

With screenings and exclusive events to be held in the Heart of England, Birmingham, U.K. The Viewfinder Film Awards is a truly accessible event, in one of the most culturally diverse, creative and welcoming cities in Europe.

An International City for an International Festival- The Viewfinder Film Awards welcomes entries from across the globe, making every effort to truly represent and celebrate the amazing talent that's out there just waiting to be discovered.

An annual awards ceremony 

Pre-awards online screenings and exclusive content

Exclusive screenings of winning films post-awards

 

The Viewfinder Film Awards celebrates and shares your creativity!

2023 will be the first year of The Viewfinder Film Awards and we are looking forward to welcoming submissions from across the globe.  

WHY THE VIEWFINDER FILM AWARDS?

The Viewfinder Film Awards is more than just a platform to share your art and creativity.

It's a way for you to use art and creativity to

support disadvantaged young people. 

Our judges, ambassadors and supporters are all industry professionals, ranging from Filmmakers, Actors, Casting Agents, Independent Cinemas, Editors and Writers.

 

Our Award-Winners will have the chance to pitch to, receive advice from and be mentored by these creative professionals.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Entries into the Viewfinder Film Awards contribute to the funding of the Viewfinder Film Academy.

  • As the Film Awards grow, so does the Film Academy.

  • As the Film Academy grows, so does the support for dis-advantaged Young People.

  • Share your art, support your peers, create change.

OUR CATEGORIES.

Our Categories are split between open categories for Filmmakers/Artists and categories exclusively created for Young Filmmakers.

They range from BEST FILM to BEST MONOLOGUE SELF TAPE and special ONE TO WATCH awards.

(Full category list HERE)

WINNERS, PRIZES & AWARDS.

Alongside the traditional Laurels and Trophies, The Viewfinder Film Awards

Winners will also receive a selection of Development Awards.

 

Created for Writers, Directors and Cast, these range from MENTORING & ADVICE for their next film, SCRIPT SURGERIES to help them develop their next idea, the chance to have their SCRIPTS READ BY ACTORS on the books of a professional casting agency and ACTING WORKSHOP time with experienced actors in their dream profession.

PRICING & HOW THE FEES WORK.

All profits made from the festival will be put towards the development of the VIEWFINDER FILM ACADEMY.

 

This will engage disadvantaged young people from around Greater Birmingham - and eventually nation wide - using creativity, story telling, drama and film to explore relevant social and personal issues. 

Fees for entrance to the festival vary depending on category and will range from between £10 - £30

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What is The Viewfinder Film Academy

The Viewfinder Film Academy is a bespoke programme designed by Viewfinder to be rolled out to dis-advantaged secondary school age young people.

 

It’s aim is to use the power of drama, story-telling and film to help the young people explore relevant social and personal issues in a safe, inclusive and creative space whilst producing artistic outputs to develop transferrable skills and internal tool kits.

Viewfinder has always been about creatively developing youth...and at the heart of that mission is ensuring that all young people have access to the means to create, whether it be short stories, theatre pieces, photography or film.

 

Every entry into the Viewfinder Film Awards will contribute towards the funding of this potentially life-changing programme.

Over a period of 12 months, Viewfinder- using profits from the Viewfinder Film Awards, will commit to facilitating 2 Film academies with 2 different youth groups, organisations or schools- engaging upwards of 60 Young People in the process.

Each group that becomes part of the Viewfinder Film Academy will also be trained in delivering the programme to a new group the following year; while the Viewfinder team engages two further organisations, meaning that the Film Academy- and thus the opportunities for young people- will grow exponentially.

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How to Submit to The Viewfinder Film Awards.

It's easy to submit.  Just use your FilmFreeway account to choose what categories suit your project best and click submit! 

What if I don't have a FilmFreeway account?

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WHO ARE VIEWFINDER?

The Viewfinder Film Awards are an extension of the work ViewfinderUK CIC do to support and develop dis-advantaged Young People using Creativity.  

 

Find out more about Viewfinder and their work here.

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Our Team

The Viewfinder Film Awards are proud and honoured to have some leading talent across the whole spectrum of the creative industries on board to help judge, advise and contribute to the awards by offering their expertise and experience.

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Daniel Alexander

Filmmaker

Daniel Alexander is an award winning UK Director/Filmmaker, BAFTA Crew member (3yrs), Associate artist of The REP and Create Central Board member. Daniel has been providing high end commercials, narrative film, and commercial music video productions to a variety of well established clients for over 10 years around the world, and frequently delivers creative development programmes and bespoke training with collaborators including BFI, Commonwealth Games, Creative England & The BBC.

Sharni Tapako-Brown

Actor

Sharni is a multi-award winning actress, and has a wealth of experience in front and behind of the camera; performing internationally both on Stage and Screen. Credits include appearing on ITV, BBC and has worked as production designer for the recently released on Apple TV, ‘Last Man Down’. Sharni has shown great passion for many production roles such as producing, production design and also set dressing. She has worked with esteemed professionals including, John Altman, Michael Mckell, Stan Yanevski, JME and Daniel Stisen. She is currently working as a Content Creator for The Commonwealth Games. 

Nathalie Bazan

Agent

Nathalie established the Bazan Talent Agency in 2018 and her clients have being seen by the biggest names in casting including Nina Gold (Game of Thrones/ The Crown), Shaheen Baig (Peaky Blinders)

 Des Hamilton (JoJo Rabbit),Jeremy Zimmermann (Hellboy/ Robin Hood) ,Carmen Cuba Casting (Stranger Things, Netflix) 

and many more.  They have also gone on to work with some of the best directors including Oscar Winning director Sam Mendes and BAFTA winning directors and nominees. Theatre credits have included regional theatres across the U.K, including the RSC,  Lyric Hammersmith, The Birmingham REP, Salisbury Playhouse, Derby Theatre and many more.

Liam Millard

Editor/Actor

Liam is a highly skilled and versatile professional within the creative industry who has been involved in multiple award-winning productions both in front and behind the camera. Credits include appearing on Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV and BBC Productions as well as recently completing a project acting alongside Matthew Horne (Gavin & Stacey) and Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones).  Liam is also a professional editor who has worked on content for BBC Sport, Dewalt, HS2, Lloyds Bank and Redrow.

Georgia Neath

Producer/Actor

Georgia is an experienced, versatile 

and successful West Midlands actor who has appeared in BBC productions as well as numerous short and feature films with Birmingham filmmakers such as Daniel Alexander & Matt Ford. Notable work includes starring in Raindance Film Festival qualifying feature film 'Hilda' executive produced by Tim Roth and working with Screen Daily Stars of Tomorrow 2020 director Charlotte Regan on BBC Three and Fudge Park Productions mini series '0121' cast by Shaheen Baig. 

Georgia also works as Production Assistant with Birmingham based production company Barrett Film Co.

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