Making Waves International Film Festival supports and exhibits pioneering work by international talent and local independent film-makers.

Now in its eighth year, the Making Waves International Film Festival will be open for entries from Thursday 9 May until Friday 2 August 2019 and encourages entries from local, UK and International filmmakers, and hosts a screening event in November each year for the Official Selections to be shown to a live audience, responsible for the selecting the Audience Award for Best Film from the films shown.

The 2019 Prestige Judges, who will be looking at the Official Selections to decide the winner for each Award, are:
Anna Dixon (Mycho Entertainment) [Best Young Filmmaker Award]
James Rowlins (Brighton Rocks Film Festival) [Best Director]
Tony Newton (Vestra Pictures) [Best Actor]
Ron Valderama (Stream Now TV) [Best National Film]
David Black [Best International Film]

The Guide Award for Best Local Film will be decided by a public vote and will not be awarded at the Gala Evening which will be held on Monday 25th November 2019.

The Making Waves International Film Festival is managed by TrashArts Portsmouth, an artistic community with a vision that has put people before profit since 2007. For 2019, TrashArts has partnered with the Portsmouth Film Society and DVMission Film Competition to encourage greater local support for filmmaking in the Solent region of the UK.

The support of our sponsors is gratefully acknowledged:
- TrashArts Portsmouth
- Portsmouth Film Society
- DV Mission
- The Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth
- HB Films Ltd

Making Waves International Film Festival is an IMDb qualifying Festival:

The results for 2019 are:

Best International Film
Winner - Save 2.0 by Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Runner Up - Osuba by Federico Marsicano
Finalist - The Spark by Anastasia Lobkovski

Best National Film
Winner - Disco Dynamite by Tom Clover
Runner Up - Quiet Carriage by Ben S Hyland
Finalist - Quizmasters by William Kherbeck

Best Young Filmmaker
Winner - Charlie Cox for Stripped Bare
Runner Up - Lucie Eckersley for Nut Pops
Finalist - Sunyoung Du for Light in Deep

Best Director
Winner - Anastasia Lobkovski for The Spark
Runner Up - Sebastian Sgodzai for Mother
Finalists - Federico Marsicano for Obusa / Ben S Hyland for Quiet Carriage

Best Actor
Winner - Ian Pirie in Spit of a Common Man
Runner Up - Corinne Stricket in The Loft
Finalist - Paula Weigel in Mother

The Guide Award for Best Local Film is to be decided by a public vote to be announced in January at The Guide Awards. This Award is hosted by Making Waves International Film Festival in collaboration with the Portsmouth Film Society and The News, Portsmouth's local newspaper. Voting is now open for this Award at

The Audience Award for Best Film, decided on the night received 91 votes (one per person present, although not all present voted)
Winner - Stripped Bare by Harvey Coombes (17 votes)
Runner Up - Guilt by Annabel Bryant and Shenali Karunatilake (14 votes)
Finalist - Delivery by Jon Small and Maxine Mason (9 votes)


Trophies for National and International Films, together with the Awards for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Young Filmmaker, will be awarded at the MWIFF Gala Event held at the Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth, on Monday 25th November 2019. Laurels will be awarded for Officially Selected films shown at that event.


The Guide Award for Best Local Film (to be presented as part of The Guide Awards in January 2020)

The Audience Award (selected from films screened at the gala evening)

Best National Film (UK)

Best International Film (non UK)

The Young Film Maker Award (Director and/or Producer aged 21 years and under)

Best Actor (open to all actors, irrespective of gender, within all submitted films)

Best Director (open to all directors within all submitted films)


All Awards will be recognised with a MWIFF Trophy.

In addition, The Guide Award for Best Local Film will receive a £200 Cash Prize.

Official Selections will receive MWIFF Festival Laurels, with Semi-Finalist Laurels for runners up.


The 2018 Winners were:
Best National Film - Under The Parasol
Best International Film - Heavy Rain
Young Filmmaker - Alessandro Schuster
Best web Series - Prime Donne
Best Local Film - Seasonal Contract
Best Film - 2:40 To London



Film length to be a maximum of 10 minutes, including Titles and Credits. Any non English language films must have English subtitles or captions.

All films must be completed after 1st February, 2018.

The final closing date for entries is 2nd August, 2019.

Shortlisted films will be announced on 24th October, 2019.

Shortlisted filmmakers automatically agree to allow their film trailers to be screened online by Making Waves International Film Festival.

Only shortlisted film makers will be notified personally.

Student Fees are available to filmmakers of or under 21 years of age ONLY.


The following additional rules apply to submissions for The Guide Award for Best Local Film:

The film must be written, produced and/or directed by a filmmaker who lives in, and the majority of the film production took place within, the SOLENT region (comprising Portsmouth, IoW, Southampton - please refer to the Local Film Area (2019) map)

The Guide Award for Best Local Film will be presented in January 2020. The six Official Selections will be shown at the MWIFF Gala in November 2019, and afterwards will be available for public voting via an on-line platform (to be determined). As such, the following additional terms are required to be accepted by submissions for the Local Film category.

a. You agree to the public screening of the film at times and locations of our choosing for the purpose of promoting your film, promoting Making Waves International Film Festival, promoting partner organisations, public voting, selection and judging.
b. You agree to the use of all or parts of your film, to be shared online, across all platforms, internationally for the purpose of marketing, publicity and promotion of your film, promoting Making Waves International Film Festival, promoting partner organisations, public voting, selection and judging.
c. You agree to allow your film to be uploaded to an online channel of our choice for the purposes of public voting for THE GUIDE AWARD FOR BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM.
d. You agree to the use of marketing materials included with your submission to be used as we see fit for the purposes of promoting your film, promoting Making Waves International Film Festival, promoting partner organisations, public voting, selection and judging.
e. You confirm that you hold all rights, permissions and copyright on the film, its content, its parts and elements and have the right to assign a license for use in accordance with the requirements above to Making Waves International Film Festival and its partner organisations.

Entrants for the Local Film category may also enter, at additional cost, the National Film category. There is no requirement for a Local Filmmaker to enter the Local category, but the £200 cash prize will only be available to the winner of The Guide Award for Best Local Film having been entered in that category.

Overall Rating
  • Pros: the submission fees are reasonable, the feedback on the film is very comprehensive and constructive, and you get to see work from people across the world, even though it feels quite local when you attend.

    Cons: The screening of the festival wasn't great, the quality of the projection didn't seem to do justice to all the films. And unfortunately, only a few teams of filmmakers attended and there wasn't much of a crowd. It also felt quite disconnected how the Best Local Film wasn't awarded on the same evening, but instead as part of a different event.

    March 2020
  • Iván Sáinz-Pardo

    Great Festival, very good comunication!!!

    December 2019
  • Ben Grace

    A really lovely, well run festival that's a joy to attend. I was lucky enough to have one of my films shortlisted and attend the screening and awards ceremony and was really impressed by the high standard of films and the effort put into the evening.

    I'd highly recommend submitting and attending!

    December 2018
  • Connor Webb

    This was my first proper festival experience and first time being nominated for an award. We came 2nd in our category and it was a really cool experience and was great to see the films made by talented locals as well as people from further afield and all over the world. Definitely intend to be back next year!

    November 2018
  • James Secker

    Been twice to the festival, once as a film fan, next as a filmmaker. Terrific event with great communication from the festival. Welcoming to my team and had a fantastic audience. The Summoner took home two awards on the night. Huge thanks from The Summoner team.

    December 2017