THIS FESTIVAL IS ONLY OPEN TO PQA STUDENTS! PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILM IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE PQA ORGANISATION AS IT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!
The Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) is a UK organisation running weekend performing arts schools catering for children from 6 - 18. Started in 2007 by well known UK actress Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch, Birds of a Feather, North & South, Emmerdale) PQA has since grown to encompass 210 academies across the UK. One of the key features of the PQA experience is the Film & TV module which gives students the opportunity to learn about filmmaking both in front of and behind the camera and to make their own short films. PQA is the largest provider of film and television education for young people in the UK.
Students from across the PQA academies are encouraged to make and submit films. Through an impartial and rigorous judging process, we will whittle the entries down to the very best work from PQA students across the country. Final selections for the festival will be made by a jury of film industry professionals.
*Academies should NOT enter films that have already been judged during PQA film challenges throughout the year.
*Academies can now submit film and television module project specific films under festival categories
* Academies may submit their best NINE short films only (AM and PM Academies are treated as separate)
*For all other short films, we simply request that the films duration be between 1 and 12 Minutes.
*Films can be any genre: drama (and all its sub-genres), documentary and factual formats, music promos and animation.
*All films need to be of the highest creative and technical standards possible. All music and imagery must be copyright free. Films will be judged in colour group categories, with Green, Blue, and Red group films and whole Academy productions in competition.
*If you wish to enter a film that falls outside of this entry criteria for any reason, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a special entry waiver.
Academies selected for the 'Official Selection' receive bespoke, PQA Clapper board awards that are presented at festival events along with certificates for participating students.
New this year is a Special Audience Award voted on the day by festival attendees.
By entering your film you agree to the following terms and conditions:
THIS FESTIVAL IS ONLY OPEN TO PQA STUDENTS! PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR FILM IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE PQA ORGANISATION!!!
You cannot submit films that have been entered into previous PQA Film Festival events or are already publicly online.
Films MUST meet the required technical specifications below:
All films should be shot in 1080p/25 frames per second.
Full screen 16:9 or widescreen 1:2.39 (letterboxed).
Films should be delivered as 1920x1080p ‘Best Quality’ H264 .mov or .mp4 files (approx.
10mbits) with AAC or uncompressed stereo sound.
Sound should PEAK at -6db (including all music and FX).
All music / imagery should be copyright free.
All films should adhere to the new PQA film classifications with regard to subject, language and behaviour. View the classification leaflet here: https://pqatv.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/PQA-Film-Classifications.pdf