Short Film Competition: ‘Imperial War Museums’

Deadline: 31 July 2014
Open to: students and amateurs filmmakers from around the world
Prize: £10,000 worth of post-production costs plus a paid 12 month internship


The IWM Short Film Festival, organized by the Imperial War Museums, is a showcase of  imaginative and challenging films that explore the causes of war and conflict and their impact on people’s lives.

The event began in 2001 as a student film festival with an emphasis on discovering, sharing and reinterpreting the museum’s extensive film archive. This year the festival will take place at the newly transformed IWM in London from 23 October to 10 November.

The festival is encouraging inexperienced and talented filmmakers, and giving them the chance of having their work screened to a wider audience in a professional and supportive environment.


Students and amateur filmmakers are encouraged to submit their documentary projects to the festival.

The films should have been completed after 1 January 2011, and the maximum film length is 30 minutes.


The prizes include:

  • £10,000 worth of post-production time at Prime Focus, visual effects company in London;
  • 12 month paid internship with October Films, an independent television production company based in London.

The award categories are Best Documentary and Best Creative Response. There will also be an award for the Audience Vote and a Special Award that will be presented to the film that best responds to the First World War.


The deadline for entering the competition is 31 July 2014.

You can read the full festival regulation HERE. You can fill in the submission form HERE.

For further information please visit the official website.

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