The Copacabana steadicam shot from Goodfellas… the Dunkirk beach scene from Atonement… the Bobby Sands interrogation in Hunger… the whole of Russian Ark…Victoria...

What do these have in common? They were all made using just one shot.

One shot is dynamic, occasionally spectacular and even iconic, but above all it represents a great challenge for filmmakers.

That’s why three London-based film aficionados set up The One Shot Movie Competition in 2012.

A competition unlike any other, the competition is dedicated to short and feature films made using just one shot. This is the 6th year for the competition following hugely successful and well received competitions in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Our Awards night has been held at a number of venues around London, The Hackney Attic, The Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square and in 2016 The Charlotte Street Hotel. A sold out evening saw Behzad Moloud's Tomorrow After Yesterday crowned 2016's Best One Shot movie.
This year the films will be screened at a central London cinema at an evening that promises to show some of the most innovative and thought provoking shorts from around the world.

Feedback for the competition:

‘An excellent, ingenious competition’
Andrew Pettie, The Telegraph’s Head of Arts and Entertainment

‘A fine format for a competition.’
Francine Stock, film critic, Radio 4

‘It was a pleasure and an honour to be part of the Jury and be at the start of a great competition.’

Julien Planté, Artistic Director of Cinemoi

‘A great idea…and I was impressed by the shortlist.’

Jane Giles, Head of Content, BFI.

1) The title of Best One Shot Movie 2017.

2) A UK film will win the title of Best UK One Shot Movie 2017.

3) The chance for your film to be seen by key figures in the film industry.

4) The selected finalists will be screened on October 13th 2017 at The Covent Garden Hotel

5) Other prizes to be announced shortly.

1) Make a film using one shot. This means no cuts whatsoever.
Titles and credits are permitted, provided they are not part of the film’s narrative.

2) Films can be ANY genre. Music videos are not permitted to enter the competition.

3) The maximum duration for short films is 15 minutes (including titles and credits).
Feature films are also accepted but must be longer than 70 minutes in duration.

4) The film can be shot on any format – from 35mm to iPhone.

5) Your film must have been completed after 1st January 2015.

6) Film makers must own the legal rights to all music used in their film or have permission from the owners of the music.

7) Films can be graded and include special effects added in post production provided the original shot has no cuts or edits.

8) Film makers must be over the age of 18.

9) The organizers of The One Shot Movie Competition reserve the right to use material from submitted films for the promotion of the 2017 competition and for promotion of future competitions in perpetuity.

Overall Rating
  • Gannesh Rajah

    The One Shot Movie Competition was a great event to be part of! It was amazing watching our little project screened alongside some brilliant short films, and watch a really responsive crowd engage with our work. I know our cast and crew had a lovely time at the event. If you have a "one shot" film, I would not hesitate to enter it here...

    November 2016
  • The One Shot Movie is great and professional

    October 2016