DIY Film Challenge – Monstrous!

16 – 25 year old? Interested in breaking into film? Living in the North of England? Then join our DIY film challenge, where our panel of industry professionals challenge you to make a short film on your phone (under 3 mins) and be in with a chance to win a £1000 bursary and mentoring opportunities.

For this DIY film challenge, we want you to be Monstrous. This can be something physically monstrous or an idea or action that has monstrous consequences for your character's actions. Tapping into the horror genre and going deeper, what is it that you find truly unsettling? Is it films such as Hereditary or The Quiet Place? Maybe you prefer the classics instead like The Exorcist or have your own take of the theme? We don’t mind what approach you take or your interpretation of the theme. This opportunity is open to any filmmaker in the north aged 16 to 25.

Entries can be anywhere from 60 seconds to 3 mins.

The winner will be announced at our in person event on October 29th where you will get to watch some of the shortlisted films on the big screen at the Dukes Cinema in Lancaster, get some top tips from our industry guests and the opportunity to meet other filmmakers afterwards.

The winner of the DIY challenge will receive one to one mentoring with an industry professional and a £1000 bursary to put towards their career; whether that is to buy some kit, put towards studying or making your next short film.

The deadline for short film submissions is Friday 14th October 2022

To apply please click here

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