Submission notes

Banner580x180These Submission notes were in place for the Student Filmmaker Award 2015.

➤ The deadline for entering the Student Filmmaker Award 2015 was 7 May 2015: the judging process has now finished and a winner has been announced

For more information, please contact Marianne Knowles at

Entry conditions

To enter the Student Filmmaker Award, based on the Award Theme (The truth is out there. Have faith!), you may submit any of (a) SFA_2015_Logo_CMYKbelow together with (b):

(a) Entry content

➤ A two-page synopsis of a movie you would like to make together with a five-page sample of a script (or script in progress) or storyboard (send these to us as attachments to email address:

➤ A short film relevant to the Award that is a maximum length of five minutes  (send films in DVD format by post or add URL link and password to online film site on entry form)

➤ A five-minute sample of rushes from a longer film (send films in DVD format by post or add URL link and password to online film site on entry form)

(b) Entry form

➤ Filling in and returning an entry form by midnight on 7 May 2015: the deadline has now passed

Filling in and returning an entry form entitled you to attend one of two free film workshops, to be held in Manchester and London (times and venues tbc) in which you will be given tips and advice about how to make an award-winning film. In 2014, the workshop for entrants was conducted by award-winning British screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The theme

(c) The theme of the Student Filmmaker Award is The truth is out there. Have faith! You may interpret this theme in any way you like. Our definition of ‘faith’ includes any belief, disbelief or aspect of spirituality. We want entrants to engage critically with ‘faith’ as a powerful part of the human experience.

The Insight Festival began in 2007 with the aim of encouraging filmmakers to make films addressing the theme of ‘faith’. It actively welcomes people from all faith backgrounds and none. For further information visit our website:

(d) As long as the material relates to the theme of faith – irrespective of whether or not you developed your material for other purposes (e.g. submission of films to other festivals or competitions, even if the film won awards) – we will accept submission of your material for entry to the Student Filmmaker Award, provided you hold full authority to grant the permissions required by the Insight Film Festival as specified in the Rules for the competition.

The prize

(e) One winner of the Student Filmmaker Award will be offered a creative internship of up to six weeks with Loyola Productions in Culver City, California (‘Hollywood’). The prize for the Award includes the basic costs of flights from the UK and local accommodation during the internship period. The internship winner must be available for six weeks between July and September 2015. Incidental expenses, including subsistence and insurance, will be the responsibility of the Award winner.

The judging process

(f) Judges will select a small number of finalists to be interviewed in a process that may also involve a Skype conversation with Loyola Productions. They will be looking for an entrant who is ‘committed to filmmaking and (in their opinion) would make best use out of the awarded internship.’ Please note that we are looking for a winner who wants a career in film and is willing to acknowledge the value of the Insight Student Filmmaker Award. It is a condition of the award that the winner will:

➤ Create a blog diary (either on an existing personal blog or through the Insight blog, as a written account or as a video log) including one entry for each week on the internship

➤ Produce a reflective report on their internship experiences, referencing the blog entries, what they have gained and what would have improved the internship, within four weeks of the end of the Internship

➤ Respond to requests for material for media coverage of the Insight Student Filmmaker Award and agree to feature on the Insight website and other media as the winner of the internship

➤ Support, where possible, promotion of subsequent Insight Student Filmmaker Awards, e.g. attending press conference if available, providing quotes about their experiences.

➤ (Optional) Take part in a creative retreat of up to three days.

Submission details

(g) The deadline date for entries to the Student Filmmaker Award was midnight on 7 May 2014.

(h) A submission form should be completed as soon as possible and submitted online to Films should be submitted on DVD or by digital delivery, either via a file-sharing service (e.g. or via an online film site (e.g All entries – DVDs, digital film files, links to films and login details, screenplays, storyboards and/or scripts – must have been delivered by 12.00 am on Thursday, 7 May 2014 to our Manchester University address:

Insight Film Festival
Dr David Butler
Board Member
Insight Film Festival
Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama-SL08,
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures,
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

(i). Please read the Rules carefully: if you submit an entry for the Student Filmmaker Award you will be bound by them. Take special care of those Rules that relate to copyright and to your availability.