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SONY FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARDS 2024 COMPETITION LAUNCH

SONY FUTURE FILMMAKER AWARDS 2024 COMPETITION LAUNCH
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Submissions for the 2024 edition of the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards are open from 15 June 2023 and free for all to enter via www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com.

Launched by Creo and sponsored by Sony, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards are a major annual awards program for short films, providing a gateway for the development of creative excellence. Free to enter, the Awards aim at supporting independent filmmakers and elevating original voices from around the globe with a fresh perspective on storytelling.

Filmmakers worldwide are invited to submit to the Awards’ six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment, Animation, Student and Future Format. Thirty shortlisted filmmakers will be chosen and flown to Los Angeles for the Awards ceremony, taking place on May 30, 2024 in the Cary Grant Theatre on the historic Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California. Winners from the six categories will be announced on the night and rewarded with cash prizes and a range of Sony Digital Imaging equipment. Winners will be selected by a panel of leading industry figures.

NEW TO 2024

This year, winners and shortlisted filmmakers will attend an expanded four-day workshop program, which will provide exclusive access into the inner workings of the industry and cover a range of topics from pitching to legal, to working with talent agencies and using cutting-edge technologies. From this edition onwards, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards moves to the spring season, with the four-day workshop program and Awards ceremony taking place at the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California from May 28th to 31st, 2024.

For the 2024 Awards, we are introducing a new competition format with six categories for filmmakers to enter:

  • The Fiction category seeks narrative-led entries that convey an original fictional story or event. Submissions must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length.
  • The Non-Fiction category is open to films between 5 to 20 minutes long which are predominantly factual in content.
  • The Environment category welcomes environment-focused entries between 5 to 20 minutes in length. The Environment category is part of Creators for the Planet, a global year-round engagement program set up by Creo and developed in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation and Sony Pictures.
  • New to this year’s competition is the Animation category, open to animated films between 2 to 20 minutes in length.
  • The Student category rewards filmmakers studying a film course at a registered institution at a diploma or degree level worldwide. Institutions that make up the shortlist are selected by continent to ensure a diverse range of global talent. Submissions must be between 5 to 20 minutes in length and can be of any genre.
  • The Future Format category welcomes films shot exclusively with a smartphone. Entries must be between 2 to 5 minutes in length and can be of any genre.

For full category descriptions and requirements, visit www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com.

2024 DEADLINES AND PRIZES

The deadline for entries across the six categories is February 15, 2024 at 07:00 AM (CT). The four-day workshop program will take place at the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City, California from May 28th to 31st, 2024. The jury panel for the 2024 edition will be announced in October 2023.

All shortlisted filmmakers will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the four-day workshop program and black-tie ceremony. This year, filmmakers also have the opportunity to invite the cinematographer/ director of photography who has worked and is credited on the shortlisted film to the ceremony and workshop program.

Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment and Animation category winners receive an FX9 Cinema Line Camera, a FE C 16-35mm lens plus a $5,000 cash prize. Student category winner and institution each receive an FX6 Cinema Line Camera plus an FE 24-105mm lens. Future Format category winner receives Sony Digital Imaging equipment plus a $2,500 cash prize.

For more information and to submit to the Awards, visit www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Sony Future Filmmaker Awards

Established by Creo and sponsored by Sony, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a major annual awards program for short films devoted to supporting and elevating independent filmmakers and creators from across the globe. Set apart by its exceptional prize, the Awards provide successful filmmakers with invaluable opportunities in the form of a trip to Los Angeles and to the historic Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City, California, where they gain exclusive access to experts and unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the industry. Winners additionally receive cash prizes and a range of Sony Digital Imaging equipment. Free to enter, the Awards comprise six categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Environment, Student, Animation and Future Format, and are judged by a panel of leading figures. By supporting talents in film, video and storytelling, the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards provides a gateway for the development of creative excellence. www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com

Creo initiates and organizes events and programming across three key strands: photography, film and contemporary art. Established in 2007 as World Photography Organisation, Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities. Today, its flagship projects include the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai, Photo London and the forthcoming PHOTOFAIRS New York (Sep 2023). Working in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, Creo helps deliver the group’s ventures, comprising some of the world’s leading art fairs. Taking its name from the Latin for ‘I create’, it is in this spirit that Creo sets out to empower and give agency to creative voices. www.creoarts.com

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics. For more information, visit www.sonypictures.com/corp/divisions

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation and is responsible for the Entertainment, Technology & Services (ET&S) business. With the vision of “continuing to deliver Kando and Anshin(*) to people and society across the world through the pursuit of technology and new challenges,” Sony Corporation supports the Sony Group with technology to create the entertainment of the future together with creators.

For more information, visit: http://www.sony.net/

* Both Japanese words, Kando means emotion and Anshin has various meanings such as peace of mind, reassurance, reliability and trust.

About Sony Europe B.V.

Sony Europe B.V. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation and is headquartered in UK. We drive Sony’s leading Entertainment, Technology & Services business for consumer and professional markets, as well as Imaging & Sensing Solutions business across Europe. From R&D and engineering, design, to sales, marketing, distribution and customer service, we work to deliver Sony’s purpose to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology.

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