New Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

  By Ryley Smith

 

We are excited to share the news that Creo has announced the new Sony Future Filmmaker Awards. These awards are a major new annual awards program for short films, providing a gateway for creative excellence. Sponsored by Sony, these awards are free to enter for anyone around the globe, giving everyone the chance to show the world their fresh perspective on storytelling!

The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards will shortlist thirty filmmakers to be flown to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony on February 22, 2023, in the Cary Grant Theatre at the historic Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California. Following the Awards night, participants will attend two days of workshops, screenings and panel discussions led by Sony Pictures executives and top experts in their fields. The exceptional two-day program will cover a wide range of topics, from pitching to legal to working with talent agencies and using cutting-edge technologies, including animation and CGI. Participants will ago gain invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of the industry.

The deadline for all entries is December 13, 2022, at 7:00 AM CST (6:00 AM MST). The two-day workshop program will take place at the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California on February 23rd and 24th, 2023. The jury panel for the inaugural edition will be announced in September 2022.

The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards competitions and categories include:

Filmmaker:

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

  • Three categories: FictionNon-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).

Student Filmmaker:

The Student Filmmaker 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.
  • A Shortlist of up to 10 is selected (maximum of five per category) to ensure representation of 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.

Future Format:

The Future Format competition challenges filmmakers to respond to a new technical brief each year.​​

​For 2023, submissions are to be shot exclusively on a smartphone.

  • Entries must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length and can be shot on any smartphone.
  • A 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.

 

For more information and to submit to the Awards, visit sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com

Author:

Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.