United Kingdom Emerging Talent Short Film Festival
Want to win £8,000 for your short film?
The United Kingdom Emerging Talent Short Film Festival (UKET)
offers the BIGGEST SHORT FILM CASH PRIZE IN EUROPE (top 10 globally), with a unique manifesto which favours EMERGING TALENT and turns festival programming ON ITS HEAD.
OUR MANTRA :
IDEAS - EFFORT -
Things we WON'T look down on your film for:
What your budget was
Who stars in your film
How old you are
Ideas, Effort and Personality transcend budget, casting and your age.
Big prizes - cool awards.
Grand Prize Winner: £8,000 (biggest in Europe!)
Silver Prize Winner: £3,500
First Runner up Prize: £1,500
2 x Honourable Mention Award
1 x Innovation Award
We see past your production limitations.
We don't care if your sound is a bit dodgy, which camera you filmed on, or if you had a £15,000 budget or no budget at all; we judge all films THE SAME (Ideas, Effort, Personality).
Open up your filmography.
Maybe you have one film like an apple and another like an orange?
As we're an innovative, welcoming and NEW festival we're opening our doors to any format, and any genre film, animation, documentary, hybrid, or music video under 25 minutes long made after 1999. Whether it's your orange or your apple, if you're not sure which we'll like, submit both! We'll even give you a 20% discount.
If you want to submit more than two films see our Q&A for instructions.
Absolutely ZERO nepotism.
We won't be giving prizes to people we know, to people we've heard of, or people we've worked with before on that basis alone. It should be about your FILM FIRST, which is why we only take limited submission information to start with.
Awards and prizes will have nothing to do with your existing relationships or experience.
How else are we different?
We want to give filmmakers an HONEST SHOT at winning our prizes and awards, and hold absolutely fast to:
- ONLY PAID SUBMISSIONS TO WIN PRIZES
Absolutely zero 'submission waivers' accepted. 100% of our films screened and prize winners will be from paid submissions, not backdoor arrangements from 'prestige' films we want to have at our festival.
- NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST (no public online voting determining winners)
We think it's unfair that someone might win an award based on who has the most online followers they can call on to help vote for their film. Again, it should be about THE FILM.
- SUPER-SIMPLE SUBMISSION PROCESS
Complete the form in less than a minute. Submitting to a festival should be an enjoyable experience. We ask for some basic information and a link to your film as our starting point; we want to know where you live and how old you are, but then we want to LET YOUR FILM DO THE TALKING. If we shortlist you, that's when we'll get the rest of your information. You save time, and you know that nobody is getting preferential treatment based on if they or their cast's names carry any 'weight'. Remember, we embrace and see through your filming limitations; this is the gap in the festival market we strive to fill.
- CASH REWARDS
We of course value networking and using it to help contestants and finalists further their career, but cash prizes may be of more immediate value than introductions alone; we want to help if you're struggling to make ends meet, or get cash together to fund your next short film, as well as giving you an award that looks great on your CV.
- WE ARE TRYING TO SUPPORT FILMMAKERS, NOT PROMOTE OURSELVES OR ANYONE ELSE
We're independent, and we haven't watered down our ideology because of sponsorship deals; we think it's best not to be in anyone else's pocket.
Films under 5 minutes - £25
Films 5-15 minutes - £30
Films 15-25 minutes - £35
*For late deadline submissions - add £5 to each category
MAIN DEADLINE: Oct 12th - Dec 12th 2016
LATE DEADLINE: Dec 13th 2016 - Jan 12th 2017
FESTIVAL STATUS (LIVE!): OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Time left before submissions close:
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Yes! For our first year we are only marketing the festival in English speaking countries, so although our promotional materials may not be in your language, you can certainly still submit your film. If it is a non-English language film, we ask that your online video link is for a version which includes hardcoded English subtitles.
No! We also accept animations, documentaries, music videos, and hybrid animation / live action. Why? Because we think all these types can be judged exactly the same way, by their IDEAS, EFFORT and PERSONALITY.
- Your film has to be hosted online somewhere so we can review it, e.g. private / unlisted youtube link, vimeo, or any other hosting platform or website. If your online video is password protected there will be a text field to include the password so we can watch your film.
- We are taking submission fees through Paypal, so you need to have a Paypal account set up / in use.
Not really! There are no limitations to the genre or subject of the film, because good Ideas, Effort and Personality transcend genre and format. There are two exceptions; this is a SHORT FILM festival, so the film has to be under 25 minutes long, and we ask that the film was made after the year 1999 (a reasonable cutoff reflecting the rise of home computing and MiniDV cameras in that era).
There is some small print in terms of screening your film at the event and you coming to the event, relating to copyrighted content and obscene content, see below.
All submitted films have the same chance at winning any of the awards, although when it comes to public screening of your film at the event, copyrighted content will have to be removed or adjusted, and 'obscene content'* must be censored. If you are unable to censor the film or remove copywritten content before the event, we may not be able to screen your film at the event (though you may still win any of the prizes and awards). Also if you are currently under 18 years old, we may need to have special provisions for you to be supervised at the event and to receive the cash prize).
*see BBFC website via this link to verify your film would qualify for an '18' certificate or lower. Anything outside of this we regard 'obscene'. See our Terms and Conditions for more information on obscene content and what you can and cannot submit.
Absolutely! Submit two films easily within our super-simple submission form for a 20% discount. If you want to submit more than two films, if your total submissions is an even number (2, 4, 6 etc.) you can simply use the submission form for the discount to continue to apply, if you want to submit an odd number (3, 5, 7 etc.), fill in the submission forms, then get in touch via our Facebook page with your first and last names: we will confirm your submissions, then refund you the 20% discount for your uneven submission via Paypal.
Our panel of four established industry professionals will be announced during the submission window. When they are this Q/A box will be amended and announcements will be shared over our social media. They are all like minded people who share our values, all films will be judged on our mantra of Ideas, Effort and Personality.
MAIN SUBMISSION WINDOW October 12th-December 12th
- Films under 5 minutes - £25
- Films 5-15 minutes - £30
- Films 15-25 minutes - £35
LATE SUBMISSION WINDOW December 13th- January 12th
- Films under 5 minutes - £30
- Films 5-15 minutes - £35
- Films 15-25 minutes - £40
Yes! If you have already entered your film on these platforms you can submit through them, HOWEVER, if you haven't, it is MUCH EASIER to submit via our custom submission form, taking less than a minute to fill in.
If you have any technical questions, get in touch by Liking our Facebook page, and sending us a message. Please note we frown on people getting in touch to introduce themselves, even if it's to tell us how amazing we are!
A confirmation of your film's receipt will be sent to your Paypal email address (or your alternate email address if you selected one in the submission form), then you can follow the progress of the festival by Liking and interacting with the Facebook page, and you will receive an email after the submission deadline is over and the shortlist is announced telling your film made it. There will then be follow up announcements detailing information like where the festival is being hosted etc. in the following weeks.
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