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All your specific questions about the Student Filmmaker Award 2016 are answered here.

Who is eligible to enter the Student Filmmaker Award 2016?

You can enter for the award if you are 18 or over and you are either studying a course at college or university in the UK now or graduated from such a course in summer 2015. Also, students are encouraged to read the submission notes and rules for entry carefully.

What material have I got to submit?

First, you have to submit your creative work – which can be a film (maximum length: five minutes), a two-page synopsis with either a five-page section of a script or a storyboard, or a five-minute sample of rushes from a longer film. Films have to be delivered in DVD format or by digital delivery, either via a file-sharing service (e.g. or via an online film site (e.g As well as this, you need to complete an online entry form and submit this to Insight.

Where do I need to send my submission?

Material that needs to be posted should be sent to the Insight Film Festival at the following address:

Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama-SL08
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL

You also have to fill out an online entry form and submit this electronically. This form also allows you to send us links and password login details to online sites like Vimeo.

When is the deadline?

The call for entries closed at 12 midnight on 8 May 2016.

If you have any questions not answered on this page about the Student Filmmaker Award 2016, please contact SFA Project Leader, Marianne Knowles, via email:

What if I can’t submit my entry online?

Some browsers are set up with firewalls that block certain websites. You can get around this problem by temporarily suspending the firewall on your computer. You can find the firewall activation panel as follows:

Windows: Follow this route: Start > Control panel > Windows Firewall
Mac OS X: Follow this route: Apple icon > System preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall – and then click on the padlock icon to make changes.

If you still experience problems, please email SFA Project Leader, Marianne Knowles at and she will send you the attachments you need to enter SFA 2016.