The Performance Short Film Competition 2018

Showcasing filmmakers across the UK.

What you need to know

We understand that finding funding and the support for your Project can sometimes (nearly always!) prove to be a real struggle. Having provided risk advice and insurance to the creative industries for over 20 years, we understand this struggle and have been working hard to understand how we can help you and to do this, we have launched the Performance Short Film Competition - yes quite the name! 

For Full Terms and Conditions of the Performance Film & Media Short Film Competition 2018, please click here.

Here are some of the criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply;

  • Your film must have been produced within the last two years
  • Have a maximum running time of 20 minutes
  • That’s it!

The competition is split into two regional categories: The UK & Northern Ireland. Both categories have some great prizes (detailed below) and all selected finalists will be invited to our exclusive finale event (one in Belfast & one in London) where their films will be shown to a range of our industry partners. 

The Prizes

UK London Awards Prize Package 1:
UK London Awards Prize Package 2:
Northern Ireland Awards Prize:

From the start, we wanted to make sure that our competition would be open to a range of genres. So, whether you’ve just wrapped your latest cutting-edge documentary, recently finished your Film Noir masterpiece or you’ve just completed the animated project of a lifetime, get submitting!

Short period insurance.

If you are planning a production which is scheduled for 90 days or less, Performance can provide you with cover at a time that is convenient for you - 24/7/365.

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Q. When is the submission deadline?

A. The submission deadline for the Short Film Competition is Friday 31st August

Q. When will I find out if I am shortlisted for an award?

A. By the 15th October at the latest

Q. When are the awards nights for the London and Belfast events?

A. Both will be held in November and full details of the event will be announced in July

Q. Why should I enter?

A . Why not, some great prizes to win and it’s free to enter!

Q. When will I receive the prize?

A. All prizes are towards your next project and must be used within 12 months at a time agreed by the award provider.

Q. Can I submit more than one short film?

A. Yes, please do, we’d love to see your work!

Q. Why does my film have to have been made within 2 years

A. We had to have a cut off point otherwise the number of films sent to us would have been too much to handle!

Q. Who are the judges?

A. We are currently working on finalising the judging panel and have a mixture of our award provider partners and industry producers. We’ll be announcing the judging panel ahead of the deadline date in August!

Q. Why have you launched the short film competition without a judging panel or announcing the venues for the awards?

A. A lot of work goes into creating a short film competition but what we wanted to do was open the competition up for entry whilst we add the finishing touches – and we couldn’t hold our excitement any longer!