The Nikon European Film Festival, in association with independent film organization Raindance and, this year, director Asif Kapadia as Chair of the Jury is still accepting short films from enthusiasts and film professionals.
Now in its second year, the Nikon European Film Festival builds on last year’s creative theme ‘A Different Perspective’ and asks filmmakers to submit films that turn an everyday moment into an original, compelling narrative. The challenge will be in seeing the ordinary with new eyes and reflecting it in a fresh way. Successful entries will take either the magic or mundanity of daily life and make it memorable on screen.
The competition sees the return of previous award categories, including ‘Best Narrative’, for the best story told from a unique perspective and ‘Technical Excellence’, for the most creative use of kit. The Grand Prix prize, won last year by director Jagjeet Singh for ‘Voiceless – Stop the Bullies’, will be awarded to the entry which is outstanding in both areas. There will also be awards for the ‘Best Student Entry’ and the ‘People’s Choice’, the latter of which is based on individual likes and shares received on the Nikon Film Festival Hub.
All awards will be judged by an expert jury, chaired by Asif Kapadia – the award winning filmmaker behind the recent, critically acclaimed documentary ‘Amy’ (2015) and the BAFTA winning ‘Senna’ (2010). Kapadia has also written and directed numerous short films, including ‘The Sheep Thief’ (1997), which won second prize in the Cinéfondation competition, part of the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Pieter ten Hoopen will join Asif on the jury this year.
Dirk Jasper, Manager, Professional Products at Nikon Europe, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the Nikon European Film Festival, once again giving upcoming filmmakers across Europe the opportunity to showcase their creative visions. Last year saw hundreds of great entries and we were hugely impressed with the quality of submissions. Looking forward, we’re excited to learn how entrants respond to the new theme ‘Everyday Moments’. We are positive that this will offer a new range of creative possibilities, challenging entrants to create a unique story from daily occurrences that can be so easily overlooked.”
Asif Kapadia, Chair of the Jury for the Nikon European Film Festival, commented: “With modern technology helping more people realize their filmmaking ambitions than ever before, this is an exciting initiative to be a part of. These kinds of competition are important too, in identifying emerging talent and helping raise their profiles. I started out making short films and continue to make them between features; they are a great way to test out ideas, techniques and working with new collaborators. As Chair of the Jury, I’m particularly keen to see how entrants differentiate themselves and fully showcase their ambition and technical capabilities within the confines of 140 seconds.”
Raindance, the voice of independent film and partner of the Nikon European Film Festival for the second year running, once again brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the competition. Film producer and founder of the Raindance Film Festival, Elliot Grove, comments: “This year’s theme, ‘Everyday Moments’, requires a level of observation native to good storytellers and filmmakers. Look hard enough and there’s magic to be found within the ‘ordinary’. The theme is deliberately simple and straightforward, designed to encourage contestants to create their own stories, in their own style. I’m thrilled to see what’s put forward and to be working with Nikon again; a company that actively encourages filmmakers to create great films and has a rich heritage in the history of imaging.”
Categories and prizes
The Grand Prix winner, as selected by the judges, will receive a Nikon D810 and an all-expenses-paid, one week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 as the special guest of Raindance. A further two winners of the sub-categories ‘Best Narrative’ and ‘Technical Excellence’ will receive a Nikon D750 Film Kit and 3,000 EUR prize money, while the ‘Best Student Entry’ will receive a Nikon D750 Film Kit and 2,000 EUR prize money. The filmmaker behind the ‘People’s Choice’ Award will receive a Nikon D750 Film Kit to capture future projects.
- All entrants must register to upload their film
- Films need to be in English or have English subtitles
- Films should be no longer than 140 seconds and no shorter than 30 seconds
- All films to be shot in HD format
- One film per applicant
- Submissions may have been entered in other festivals, but cannot have won
- Open to all ages, under 16s to provide written consent on request
- Submissions can be shot on any device
- All winners to sign usage rights contract
- All entrants must agree to full terms and conditions regarding content restrictions (e.g. sexual scenes, violence, trademarks, crime etc.)
- Entrants must be a resident of the European Union, the European Economic Area, Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, or Vatican City to participate in the competition.