COVID-19 UPDATE

At this time it is still unclear what form the Keswick Film Festival will take in 2021. We are hoping that the Festival will be able to go ahead in some way and that the Osprey Short Film Awards will once again play a part. For that to happen we will need your short films, so we are now accepting submission of new films, under 10 minutes with a connection to Cumbria.

We realise that things have been difficult for many this year so we have removed any entry fees for films submitted before the end of July.

Please note that all deadlines, notification dates and the dates of the event itself are provisional and are subject to change depending on how the situation develops over the coming months. We will endeavour to keep you updated of any changes but please contact us if you have any questions.

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ABOUT US

The Keswick Film Festival is held annually in Keswick, Cumbria, England. The first festival was in 2000, initially as part of the Keswick Film Club spring season. Both organisations are still dedicated to bringing the best of world cinema to audiences in and around Keswick.

Short films have always played an important part of the Festival. In 2008 we started running a competition for local film makers which became the Cumbrian Short Film Awards in 2009 and since 2011 have been known as the Osprey Short Film Awards.

The awards are a way of celebrating and rewarding the amazing range of talent in the region. In the past we've been joined by John Hurt, Greta Scacchi, Rayna Campbell and a number of professional filmmakers who have all provided insightful advice to the new filmmakers.

“I feel it's very important for those of us who are established in films to make sure that we put ourselves out to encourage the next link in the chain. It's not difficult to put oneself out and it was greatly enjoyable watching their films and sharing their pleasure at the awards.” - John Hurt, 2012

A panel of judges shortlist the best films to screen at the festival where a number of prizes will be awarded.

At the screening the audience will also cast their vote for the Audience Award.

The exact details of prizes is still to be decided and may depend on the number and quality of entries.

In the past

- All shortlisted films received a "Official Selection" certificate
- Shortlisted films were screened at a public event at the Festival
- Cash prize(s) awarded by the judges
- Certificates for best film in each category (including the Audience Award)
- Winning films may be screened before closing films of the festival
- Complimentary tickets to other festival events

ALL PRIZES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND WILL BE CONFIRMED CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL

This year we are accepting new short films under 10 minutes with a connection to Cumbria.

We only have one category of entry but there is a student entry fee which can be used for submissions where the majority of filmmakers were under 19 and the time of making the film.

All submissions must:

1) have a significant connection to Cumbria
2) be no more than 10 minutes long
3) have been completed after January 1st 2020

A significant connection might be:

a) A key member of the production team or cast was born or currently resides in Cumbria.
b)The film production company is based in Cumbria.
c) It was filmed on location in Cumbria
d) The subject matter of the film is relevant to Cumbria

It is at the discretion of the judging panel to decide whether the film has a significant enough connection to be considered a suitable short film for entry. If you are in any doubt please contact us before submitting your film as we may not be able to provide refunds for ineligible entries.

If your film is shortlisted we will contact you and may require you to provide

1) A screening copy of your film for exhibition
2) Promotional materials to use on the internet and at the event

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

1. Films must have been completed this year (2020)
2. Films should be no more than 10 minutes long.
3. The films should be suitable for an English language audience. Non-English language films should carry English subtitles.
4. The short film must have a significant connection to Cumbria.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The judging panel's decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decisions made.

The judging panel can withhold any prize if, in their opinion, no entry is of sufficient quality or if they feel that there are not enough entries to create a short list for screening at the festival.

By entering a film the film makers agree for their work to be publicly screened at the festival one or more times without any financial remuneration.

Permission will be sought from the film maker for any subsequent desire of the Keswick Film Festival or Keswick Film Club to screen the short film in the future.

By entering their film the film-makers agree for any part of their film and any images or material submitted with the film to be used by Keswick Film Festival or Keswick Film Club for the purpose of publicising the Keswick Film Festival and/or Osprey Short Film Awards, before, during or after the festival.

Keswick Film Festival will accept no responsibility for any damage, loss or theft of the film copy whilst it is in the possession of the Keswick Film Festival. It is the responsibility of the submitter to keep a copy of the film. It is also the responsibility of the submitter to provide adequate insurance for the submitted copy if necessary.

The delivery and return costs of the submission will be borne by the person submitting.

Submissions received which do not adhere to the guidelines for submission or eligibility criteria will not be considered.

From a legal standpoint, you must clear all trademarked and/or copyrighted materials included in your project before you can exhibit it publicly. However, we do not check to ensure that you have obtained clearance for these materials at any point during the application process, nor will we be held responsible for any inclusion of uncleared trademarked or copyrighted materials in your project. It is the sole responsibility of the entity submitting the project to secure permission from the trademark or copyright holders of the material in question, whether it is music, stock footage, or any other elements that could violate an existing trademark or copyright.

Please ensure that your film meets all of the eligibility criteria as it may not be possible to issue refunds. If you are in any doubt please contact us before making a submission.

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  • Adam Ibbotson

    I attended the Ospreys in 2020, when my short film ‘A Pink Christmas’ was shown. I got to experience a selection of wonderful short films from a selection of wonderful filmmakers. The hosts were very friendly, and the cinema, The Alhambra in Keswick, was beautifully done up. Very recommended.

    March 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was great to have you taking part and coming along to the screening -glad to hear you had a good time.

  • Ben Wangenye

    EPXCS and I had a really good time and really do appreciate the organisers and all that attended for the continued support even after the event.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Ben, it was great that you and EPXCS could make it up to the festival and had a good time.