Around the world, people are experiencing unprecedented change and having to question how they live, the values that underpin their societies and what the future holds. To help process all the various layers and aspects involved we are offering a short film festival to explore, express, share and discuss concerns, creative solutions and a variety of visions for how we can all contribute to a better future.

Over the last few months, the world we were all familiar with has been shaken and changed irrevocably. We now find ourselves in a situation where we are presented with a real opportunity to rethink, redress and create a new path going forward. At the heart of this is how we interact and communicate. We need to be better at respectfully listening to each other, showing compassion and working together to create societies that embody social justice, equality, inclusion and community at their center, as well as addressing the environmental emergency that confronts us.

A New Future is a platform where people can offer their opinions, insights and visions for the future through short films with a selection of additional virtual events and resources including; discussions, interviews, artist talks, studio visits. For two months (October 30 – December 14, 2020) we will showcase visual perspectives from around the world regarding “a new future.”

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for creatives to share experiences and uplifting optimistic visions that will contribute positively to the wider global community.


-A panel of six judges will select 30 films from those submitted

-1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes will be awarded, plus an Honorable Mention. The cash prizes are as follows: 1st Prize US$1000, 2nd Prize US$750, 3rd Prize US$500. The Honorable Mention film will not receive a cash award, but will be highlighted publicly when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners are announced.

-All submissions should reflect and speak to the theme of the festival, "A New Future." Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.
-Films should have a maximum running time of 5 minutes or less including credits.
-There is a limit of one (1) entry per participant.
-The film festival is open to EVERYONE worldwide.
-There is NO entry fee.
-Any non-English language film must be submitted with subtitles in English.
-Written comments describing entries are encouraged.
-Films participating in other film festivals will not be restricted.
-Any film or edited version of a film produced in the last 2 years (2018 – 2020) is eligible.

-Deadline for film submissions is October 15, 11.59pm EST (US) / 23h59 (US)
-Films should have a maximum running time no longer than 5 minutes including credits and should be submitted to FilmFreeway ( as a YouTube or Vimeo link (which must not expire) or as .mp4 between October 30 and December 14, 2020.

Filmmakers agree to the following:
-By submitting your film to CARAVAN’s Short Film Festival you accept and agree that you grant CARAVAN for non-commercial purpose a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to use, screen and publish the Film on the CARAVAN website and our social media channels, screen, without compensation to the provider of the Film.
-Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your film. All copyright material(s) used in the final cut must be cleared by the Applicant before submitting. Any issue(s) that may arise due to infringement of copyrights is the Applicant’s sole responsibility.
-All persons or private spaces that appear in the short films must do so under their consent. We don't accept short films that contain discriminatory material and/or violate the dignity of persons.

-A panel of judges will select 30 films from those submitted which will be exhibited on the CARAVAN website from October 30 – December 14, 2020. All decisions by the judges are final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding selection.

1. Expression of the Theme
2. Originality/Creativity
3. Direction
4. Cinematography
5. Sound/Music
6. Editing
7. Overall Impact

Overall Rating
  • Zahra Ebadi

    Hi there
    I am so glad that my animation could be a part of this amazing festival
    Thank you so much

    January 2021
  • It was awesome... Will definitely join next year

    December 2020
  • Very happy to participate in this festival, I liked the experience and I will participate again :)

    December 2020
  • Nice short film festival! Thanks!

    December 2020
  • Wheeler Winston Dixon

    Excellent festival - happy to participate!!

    December 2020