Call for Entries is Open for IWM Short Film Festival! - Raindance

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and moving films inspired by Imperial War Museums’ collections and role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.

With submissions now open for IWM Short Film Festival 2018 the search is on for the most creative and challenging films responding to past and contemporary conflict. IWM is inviting everyone, including professionals, amateurs and students from across the world, to enter their short films into this prestigious competition. Enter your short film in response to IWM’s collections and you could be in with a chance to win prizes and see your film on the big screen at Imperial War Museum London.

Films will be judged in two categories Best Documentary and Best Creative Response, with four additional awards for Best Student Film, Best Use of IWM Archive, Audience Vote Award and IWM Special Category: Making a New World. The focus of the Special Category is Making a New World, a new IWM season launching in 2018. This special category encourages creative responses exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

New for 2018, filmmakers entering IWM Short Film Festival can use up to five films, five photographs and three audio recordings from IWM archives free of charge.

Deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 27 April 2018.

IWM will announce the Festival programme, made up of the most significant and inspirational films, as selected by a panel of expert judges in autumn 2018. The screenings of the shortlisted films will take place at IWM London in October 2018.


For more information about IWM Short Film Festival 2018 and requirements for submissions visit their website.



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