Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

Win a trip to Sony Pictures Studio in Los Angeles

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Supporting creative excellence within filmmaking

Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a new awards programme to find and support up-and-coming, independent filmmakers and provide a gateway for the development of creative excellence.

Thirty shortlisted filmmakers will be selected and flown to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony, taking place on February 22, 2023 in the Cary Grant Theatre at the historic Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California. Winners from six categories – including the Environment and Future Format – will be announced on the night and rewarded with cash prizes and a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment.

The deadline for all entries is December 13, 2022, at 01:00 PM (GMT).

Submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.

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Clockwise from top left, Roger A. Deakins, Jeremy Barber, Justin Chadwick, Nicole Brown.

Judges Announced

Alongside Jury Chair Justin Chadwick, our judges include world-renowned Cinematographer Sir Roger A. Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC, President of TriStar Pictures Nicola Brown and Jeremy Barber, Partner in the Motion Picture Literary and Talent Departments at United Talent Agents.

Filmmaker

This competition elevates original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling.

  • Three categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Environment
  • Entries must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be shot on any device
  • Shortlist of up to 15 filmmakers (maximum five per category)
  • Winners and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program
  • The three category winners additionally receive $5,000 (USD) and an FX9 Cinema Line Camera (plus lens)

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Student filmmaker with handheld camera

Student Filmmaker

This competition rewards the talent soon set to shape the industry.

  • Two categories: Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Entrants must be studying a film course at a registered institution at a diploma or degree level worldwide
  • Entries must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be shot on any device
  • Shortlist of up to 10 is selected (maximum five per category) to ensure representation for the different continents and a diverse range of global talent
  • Winners and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program
  • The two category winners and their institutions additionally receive a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment

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Future Format

This competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a new technical brief each year.

  • For 2023, submissions to be shot exclusively on a smartphone
  • Entries must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length and can be shot on any smartphone
  • Shortlist of up to five is selected
  • Winner and shortlist all receive a trip to Los Angeles to take part in the Awards ceremony and two-day workshop program
  • The category winner additionally receives $2,500 (USD) and a range of Sony’s Digital Imaging equipment

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Sony Future Filmmaker Awards