Budding filmmakers invited to enter regional short film competition - The Stratford Observer

Budding filmmakers invited to enter regional short film competition

BUDDING Scorseses and Spielbergs are being invited to submit their work to a short film competition.

The competition has been launched by Live & Local as part of the fifth Big Picture Film Festival at The Bear Pit Theatre and other venues around Stratford between Thursday August 29 and Sunday September 1.

Short film submissions are now being accepted from filmmakers from across the Midlands to showcase their creativity, talent and storytelling prowess. This year’s festival theme is Beyond the Frame: Legacy on Screen.

Chris Davis, engagement manager at Live & Local said: “This competition aims to celebrate and support the vibrant film community in the region, offering a platform for both emerging and established filmmakers to network and showcase their work.”




The short film competition is free to enter and open to all filmmakers in the Midlands. Live & Local encourage entries from a diverse range of genres, including drama, comedy, documentary and animation from student and professional filmmakers alike.

Each submission should be an original short film with a runtime of no more than 20 minutes.


Last year’s short film competition winners included Laurence Roberts from Nottingham, student filmmaker Freya Baker-Duffin from Coventry and acclaimed filmmaker Michelle Bailey, also from Coventry.

Winners of this year’s competition will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to have their films screened at the festival’s awards ceremony, followed by a Q&A session. Films will be judged based on creativity, originality, craft and storytelling.

Filmmakers can submit their short films via Film Freeway or by emailing [email protected]

Supported by Stratford Town Trust, The Big Picture Film Festival aims to remove financial barriers to attend by offering a pay-as-you-feel ticketing model. Festival passes are now on sale at https://bit.ly/BPF24Tickets

The festival promises a dynamic programme bursting with films from classics to undiscovered gems across live action, animation and documentaries.

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