Are you a filmmaker aged 15 - 25?  Submissions are now open for the EIFF New Visions Short Film Competition!  Launched as part of 2018 Year of Young People, this year’s finalists will attend a public screening of their work at EIFF in August 2022 and compete for one of three New Visions Awards. Each award comes with £1,500 worth of Procam Take 2 vouchers. Procam Take 2 provides digital cinematography and motion picture equipment rental, providing cameras, lenses, and monitors, as well as audio, lighting, and grip. Perfect to make your next film!

*** SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN. CLOSING DATE IS 22nd MAY 2022 AT 1 PM. SUCCESSFUL SHORTLISTED FILMMAKERS WILL BE NOTIFIED IN JUNE 2022***  

Kick-start your career in film with an EIFF New Visions Award 2022! 

A man stands with his arms outstretched in the rain.
An image from Fart Car (Dir. Fraser Scott) one of last year’s New Visions winners. 

“'Winning New Visions in 2021 was an incredible honour. It felt wonderful to be recognized by such a prestigious festival for my work, and I'm so glad it resonated with everyone who watched it. To have tangible support for your work as a director is so meaningful, and it gave me a huge boost in my confidence as a filmmaker, it was so wonderful just to get to see the film at Filmhouse! Getting to be a part of the festival has been a career highlight for me, and it has stood me in good stead for continuing to make work throughout 2021 and 2022.'” Fraser Scott – Director of Fart Car.

 

Submission Requirements  

Participation in the EIFF New Visions Short Film Competition is completely free and we accept all genres and themes. However, interested filmmakers will need to ensure the following requirements are met:  

  • Two or more of the lead creatives (Director/Producer/Writer) must be aged 15 to 25 in August 2022* 

  • The director and one other lead creative (Producer/Writer) must be based in Scotland  

  • The submitted short film cannot exceed a 15 min run-time  

  • All submitted films must have been completed after 1 August 2021 

  • Films do not need to be Scottish Premieres to be eligible. 

 

Filmmakers can submit their short to one of the following three categories: 

Category 1: Filmmakers aged 15-18 

Category 2: Filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made as part of a formal education course eg at University or College. 

Category 3: Filmmakers aged 19-25: for films made independently or as part of an informal course eg BFI Academy, film workshops 

*If the roles of Director, Producer & Writer were filled by the same person, then these rules only apply to this person.  

Please note that the screening will be attended by people aged 15 and over. It is important that your film contains nothing unsuitable for a 15 certificate. For advice on this please go to: https://www.bbfc.co.uk/rating/15  

  

Selection Process  

The programme is curated by EIFF’s Youth Advisory Group, who will decide on the shortlist and determine the running order for the screening.  

All shortlisted films will screen at Edinburgh International Film Festival in August 2022. Each film will be given three complimentary tickets to the screening. While we appreciate you may want to bring the entire cast and crew, we have limited seating and want to ensure representation from each of the selected films. We will make it known if more seats become available. Travel bursaries will also be made available to ensure each finalist can attend the screening.   

A panel of judges - made up of film industry professionals - will select three New Visions Award winners. The winning films will be announced by August 2022.   Each award comes with £1,500 worth of Procam Take 2 vouchers. Procam Take 2 provides digital cinematography and motion picture equipment rental, providing cameras, lenses, and monitors, as well as audio, lighting, and grip.

After the official EIFF screening, all the New Vision shorts will be uploaded to the EIFF YouTube channel where they will be available to the public for a maximum of three months. You may be invited to provide a short introduction or take part in a Q and A, which will be shown alongside the film online.  

 

Submissions Process  

Submissions can be made through email or WeTransfer to newvisions@edfilmfest.org.uk .  Please write “New Visions: Category 1/2/3” in the subject line of your email.   

Online Screeners: If you are submitting a link to an online screener, please make sure the link is either password protected (Vimeo), or the video is set to ‘unlisted’ (YouTube).  

You can submit anytime up until the deadline of 22 May 2022 at 1pm.  

You will need to send us a Submissions Form, a signed Terms and Conditions Form and an Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form for each of the core creatives of your short film ( I.E Writer, Director, Producer).   

Be aware that if you're under 16, a parent or guardian will need to sign the forms for you.  

Please ensure you read the Competition Guidelines thoroughly before submitting your film.  

  

Get in Touch  

If you have any questions you can contact us via newvisions@edfilmfest.org.uk - we're always happy to help!  

  

Forms & Guidance Notes  

Competition Guidelines (Doc)  

  

Essential for entry ( these must be completed and sent along with your film)  

Submissions Form (doc)  

Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form (doc)  

Terms and Conditions (doc)  

  

Helpful for you  

Contributor Release Form (doc)  

Music Release Form (doc)  

Location Release Form (doc)  

Guide to Music and Copyright (PDF)  

 

Special thanks to Baillie Gifford and PLACE for making this project possible.  

 

The prize is provided to us by Procam Take Two.