We’re delighted to announce our new awards structure for the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival!
We’re offering a clutch of new awards and prizes for film-makers from the films selected for exhibition at our 2017 edition including cash prizes, industry opportunities, trophies, film festival invitations, one-to-one seminar with award-winning Estonian animator, Ulo Pikkov and one of our rather lovely trophies in association with our partners for 2017 the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund Puppet Animation Scotland and iPITCH, the professionals pitching network.
BEST FILM AWARD
To be awarded to the director of the overall best film exhibited at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
Eligibility: Any director(s) will be eligible from the films selected for exhibition at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
Prizes: Cash award, tickets to film festivals, industry opportunities, trophy.
Winners will also receive a year’s free subscription to iPITCH, the professionals pitching network, and a free InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine, which is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
Judges: The winner will be selected by the ESFF Festival selection committee by secret ballot, guest judges from our friends at the Smalls Film Festival in London.
BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD
To be awarded to the director(s) of the best animated film selected for exhibition at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival.
The award will aim to recognise and celebrate significant creative and technical innovation and control.
Eligibility: Any director(s) of an animated short film selected for exhibition at the 2017 Edinburgh Short Film Festival will be eligible.
Prizes: Cash Prize, and a unique opportunity, during Puppet Animation Scotland’s manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018, to have a one-to-one seminar with eminent Estonian animated film maker and teacher Ulo Pikkov about any aspect of their working practice, and to attend festival films screenings at both Manipulate and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival. a year’s free subscription to iPITCH, the professionals pitching network,
Judges: The winner willl be selected by a panel of industry judges headed by Simon Hart, director of Puppet Animation Scotland.
RISING STAR AWARD
To be awarded to the director(s) of the best film from a young film-maker or a film-maker new to film-making.
Eligibility: One or more of the directors should be aged 16-25 or have made not more than 3 short films.
Prize: Cash award, tickets to film festivals, industry opportunities, trophy, a year’s free subscription to iPITCH, the professionals pitching network,
and a free Inktip featured listing.
Judges: The winner will be selected by the ESFF Festival selection committee by secret ballot.
In addition, the film made by the winner of the Best Director award will be featured on our touring programme for other festivals during our 2018 season. Details of our partner festivals for 2018 will be announced soon.
Winners in all categories, as well as the winner and runner-up in our Young Screenwriter’s Script Pitch Competition would also win a free 1 year membership iPITCH.TV which offers a next generation platform for creators of original pitches for TV, Film & Digital Media to connect directly with Hollywood Producers and Studio Executives and gives creators industry pro advice on how to pitch a television show or feature film. The winners will be able to pitch their idea for a Movie, Screenplay, Television Show, Short Film, New Media Project and more!
We’re also pleased to announce that with our partnership with Inktip – the US-based screenwriters agency which will provide a free
listing of the winning film’s screenplays on their site: