The Sony Future Filmmakers Awards 2023

By September 6, 2023 No Comments

Free to enter, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards elevates the original voices that bring a fresh perspective to storytelling. The shortlisted filmmakers are flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive four-day event to gain unparalleled insight into all aspects of the filmmaking process to advance their careers. After a black-tie awards ceremony at the Cary Grant Theatre, the 30 successful filmmakers benefit from a four-day workshop program. Aimed at breakthrough artists and independent filmmakers worldwide, there are six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment, Animation, Student and Future Format.

Category Winners Shortlist
 Flight to Los Angeles and accommodation*
 Ceremony attendance
 Four-day workshop program at Sony Pictures Studios**
 Camera plus lens***

*Includes flights and accommodation for the shortlisted filmmaker. Should the filmmaker have worked with a cinematographer / director on the selected film, and that individual be credited accordingly, they may also attend the four-day program, but their associated costs (including flight and accommodation) must be covered at their own expense.

**Topics covered in workshops will include: casting, physical production, animation, legal, CGI, innovation at Sony, pitching process, sound and music mixing, post-production, talent agencies, TV and studio tours.

***Student category winner and institution each receive Sony camera equipment.

How To Apply

  • Videos can be shot on any kind of device or camera*
  • The length of your video must be the same as stated in the category description
  • One submission per person per category
  • Please make sure your submission is in English (or includes English subtitles)
  • Audio is delivered as mono/stereo and not 5.1 surround sound
  • You must own full copyright of your entry
  • Entries must have been created in 2022 or 2023
  • Please refer to category descriptions for specific entry requirements

*except entries to the Future Format category, which must be shot on a smartphone

Before you enter, please make sure you have;

  • A description of your submission (add this to the ‘series description’ field)
  • A link to your short film on an online screener, for example a Vimeo or YouTube URL, that is 1080 pixels ProRes HQ MOV. The link must remain active until July 31 2024 or your submission risks disqualification
  • Submissions entered as files / downloads will be disqualified
  • A JPEG that illustrates your project
  • The image used needs to be:
    • JPEG format
    • Quality 10 or above
    • Between 1 to 5MB each
    • Set to sRGB color mode

 If you’re shortlisted

All shortlisted filmmakers will need to submit a high-resolution file for screening and distribution purposes with the following specifications:

  • A high-resolution version with a minimum resolution of 1080 pixels ProRes HQ MOV and a minimum of 24 frames per second
  • Your audio mix and stems as separate files
  • Clean versions of your film and separate SRT files containing English subtitles
  • Separated graphics
  • A 30 to 60-second trailer of your film
  • If your film is shortlisted, you agree clips from your films will be used during the Awards night and for PR and marketing purposes
  • You’ll also be asked to submit 3 to 5 high-res stills, a film poster, your portrait (all images will need to be 300ppi at 3508 pixels on the longest side). Additionally you’ll need to provide a synopsis, a biography plus a list of cast and crew

Sounds Interesting? Choose your preferred filmmakers category and apply with the link below


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