Competition for short films inspired by
the London Borough of Sutton.


Sutton: The Movie is a short film competition created by Arts Network Sutton to celebrate the people, heritage and culture of the London Borough of Sutton. Each entry must have a strong connection to our borough in one of two ways.

Key members of your production team should be either: current or former residents of the London Borough of Sutton; full-time students studying at an educational establishment within 5km’s of the London Borough of Sutton or regularly visit, work or shop within the borders of the London Borough of Sutton.
Your film’s content must be in someway about the people, history, heritage, culture or locality of the London Borough of Sutton.

As well as more traditional ideas of what represents a short movie (fiction & documentary) we are very open to filmed representations of other areas of the arts, heritage and culture.

Examples include
Comedy Sketches
Music Videos
Dance Performances
Spoken Word Performances
Reminiscence Videos
Craft Demonstrations
“A Day in the Life” videos
or surprise us!

There will be 4 winning films. One overall winning film from all of the eligible entries plus three winners for each one of the age categories.

In addition, a selection of smaller prizes will be given at the awards event to entries deemed by the judges to have significant merit.

A Digital Camera
The title of
“Sutton: The Movie 2016 - Overall”

£50 voucher
The titles of
18 and under “Sutton: The Movie 2016 - Youth”
19-69 “Sutton: The Movie 2016 - Overall - Adult”
70 + “Sutton: The Movie 2016 - Overall - Senior”

Your films may be entered into one of three age categories.

1. 18 and under
2. 19 to 69
3. 70+

Sutton: The Movie is a digital submissions only competition.

The entry fee is £5 per film. Entry is FREE for anyone aged 18 years old and under; full time students in further/higher education or the unemployed.

Submissions are made online via

Sign up to This is free.
Fill out your entry details and upload a digital copy of your movie.
Pay your entry fee (if applicable) and submit your movie. is an independent online film festival submissions service and is not connected in anyway to Arts Network Sutton and the Sutton: The Movie competition.

The winning films will be decided by a panel of judges featuring representatives from Arts Network Sutton, its partners and and the arts community in Sutton. Films will be judged on the following criteria:

1. Creativity and originality
2. Relevance or connection to the London Borough of Sutton
3. Production quality.

Judging will take place in early October 2016 and the results will be announced at the Final Awards Event to be held on Sunday 23rd of October at the Secombe Theatre in Sutton. The Judges decision will be final.

Films may be produced using any suitable equipment including smartphones, tablets, computers, camcorders or film cameras. However your final film must be converted to a digital file before entry via the website. (see FilmFreeway for more details on video file formats.)

All entries should be family friendly. They will be shown to an audience of all ages at the Final Awards event and hosted online at and

Each entry must be between 1 minute and 10 minutes in length. Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if added) may be up to an additional 10 seconds in total.

English language films are preferred, although films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Foreign-language audio must have English subtitles.

You must ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props, etc.) has been created by you. If you include any copyrighted content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.

If you are looking for royalty-free music to use in your production(s), you may find the following websites useful:

The copyright of your original material remains your own. However, Arts Network Sutton reserves the right to use any and all information related to the competition, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law. We will not pass your details onto any third parties. Arts Network Sutton and partners have the right to show the films publicly and online in connection to our work and activities.

All entries must be submitted online at by midday on Tuesday 20th September, 2016.

A selection of films from the rest of the entries will also be shown at the Awards Event, either in full or as part of a highlights video.