The Student Widescreen Film of the Year Competition is an international event which showcases films from emerging talent in a widescreen format. The competition is part of the annual Widescreen Weekend festival. This is a unique competition which strives to celebrate widescreen film and technologies within all genres. Short films shot in 16:9 should not be entered.

The competition is for short films made in a widescreen format – minimum aspect ratio width of 2.2:1, with other wider aspect ratios such as ‘Scope ratios 2.35:1 / 2.39:1 being ideal. Our previous entrants include the 2017 BAFTA winner of the British Short Animation category, A Love Story.

Since 1993, the Widescreen Weekend festival of large-screen formats has been celebrating the past, present and future of film through its extraordinary array of widescreen technologies. The weekend event allows audiences to enjoy big, bold, wide cinema experiences by presenting rare screenings in a range of formats.

This internationally attended festival has a growing student audience and this competition is an opportunity to showcase a shortlist of films from emerging talent in one of the most prestigious cinemas within the UK. The shortlisted films will be screened in Pictureville Cinema at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford on October 12th 2017.

The International Moving Image Society, a long established and respected media industry professional body, has an international membership working in the moving image industries. Through its developing IMIS Accreditation Scheme it has a growing relationship with moving image students producing outstanding short films frequently fully embracing the widescreen aesthetic.

Widescreen Weekend and IMIS are co-operating again to provide a competition and showcase opportunity for student and graduate film makers who are fully exploiting widescreen aesthetics and production.

Awards & Prizes

The overall winning film maker will be bestowed with the title “2017 Student Widescreen Film of the Year” and will be presented with a certificate on stage by Sir Christopher Frayling, together with prizes of:

• A “Demo-Day” for 2 – 3 students from the wining team, at the Red Cameras Facility, at the world famous Pinewood Studios, when the winners will be able to get a practical glimpse at the latest high end digital motion picture and other cameras from Red, as guests of Red.
• £25 voucher redeemable at any Picturehouse cinema within the UK.

In addition for the “Best use of Widescreen and Technical Excellence from a BKSTS Accredited Institution”– the institution will be presented with a certificate for this category on stage by Sir Christopher Frayling with prizes of:

• A “Demo-Day” for 2 – 3 students from the wining team, at the Red Cameras Facility, at the world famous Pinewood Studios, when the winners will be able to get a practical glimpse at the latest high end digital motion picture and other cameras from Red, as guests of Red.
• £25 voucher redeemable at any Picturehouse cinema within the UK.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the competition is open to international entries, these prizes are may only be redeemable within the UK, within 12 months of the shortlist screening of October 12th. 2017.

Each shortlisted film maker will be allocated four free seats for the competition.
Further tickets will be available to purchase in September 2017 when tickets for individual festival events and screenings go on public sale. Full festival passes are on sale from June 2017.

Rules & Terms

Entries must be in a widescreen format – minimum aspect ratio width of 2.2:1, with other wider aspect ratios such as ‘Scope ratios 2.35:1 / 2.39:1 being ideal.

Short films shot in 16:9 should NOT be entered.

Any individual film maker who is a recent graduate of a degree level course (those Graduating in 2017), in moving image production, or who is an undergraduate on such a course, can enter their work. Similarly any Higher Education Institution running such a course can enter their students’ work. The competition is open to the work from ALL Higher Education Institutions across the UK and Overseas including at post graduate level (Post Graduates who are completing in 2017).

Work produced as part of TV, Animation, Digital Media, Video Games, Experimental Film courses is all eligible alongside work from Film Courses, as long as it constitutes a piece of moving image production work / a moving image sequence / film or programme in a widescreen aspect ratio.

Judging Criteria

Successful Communication of Theme & Subject Matter; Effective Use of Widescreen Cinematography in Communication of Theme / Subject ; Creativity and Technical Quality of Visual Image; Creativity and Technical Quality in Sound & Use of Sound (incl. Music;); Quality of Production Design; Effective use of Editing.

Terms & Conditions

•All entries must be in a widescreen format – minimum aspect ratio width of 2.2:1, with other wider aspect ratios such as ‘Scope ratios 2.35:1 / 2.39:1 being ideal.

•Open to all institutions and film makers working at degree / HND/C / Higher / Post Graduate Education levels across the UK and Overseas.

•Films, sequences, programmes or presentations can be in any genre, documentary, drama, advertisement, music video, experimental, etc, and can include animations, computer generated sequences, game sequences etc.

•Entries can only be films of no longer than 25 minutes running time - a shorter sequence from a longer film may have to be selected to be shown at the event.

•All entries must have been produced and completed within the period 1st May 2016 and 1st August 2017.

•Closing date for online entries is Friday 4th August 2017.