The FOCUS Award

Presented by EVCOM for young diverse filmmakers

Are you an aspiring film maker but finding the industry hard to break into? Did you know that there’s whole companies who are dedicated to producing short films and adverts for businesses, governments and charities?

EVCOM is an organisation which represents this part of the film industry, and this 2020 we are excited to announce the FOCUS Award! Designed to celebrate young, diverse creative talent, the FOCUS Award is a new award for young Black, Indigenous and People of Colour filmmakers.

We recognise that Black and Indigenous people, and People of Colour are massively under-represented throughout our industry. The FOCUS Award is designed to foster, nurture and grow talent, as well as open doors. EVCOM is committed to addressing racism and race-related barriers to access and inclusion within the corporate film sector, to work towards a more inclusive and representative corporate film industry. Find out more here.

Send in your short films for the chance to win invaluable mentoring sessions and to have your film screened in front of professional filmmakers!

WHO SHOULD APPLY:
Are you 18-25? Are you Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour? Are you not already working in the film and TV industry? Then we’d love to hear from you!

If you are unsure whether you can apply, please email Amelia at coordinator@evcom.org.uk.

HOW IT WORKS:
You submit a short film (up to 10 minutes), and give us some background about the film and what you were setting out to achieve. Tell us who you are and why you want to make films. Most film-making is a collaborative process but if you’re applying, you should be the person who was the main driving force behind the project. It doesn’t matter what the film was shot on, whether it’s a camera or an Iphone. We’re looking for creative energy and storytelling ability! This can be a film you’ve already made. Once you have submitted your work, it will be reviewed by a panel of filmmakers to decide a winner and a runner up.

HOW TO APPLY:
Fill in the form below. We’ll ask you to answer a couple of questions, and then you’ll need to upload your short film, so you might want to be sitting at a desktop or laptop.

APPLICATION FORM

If you have any problems filling out this form, or would like it in a different format for access reason, please email coordinator@evcom.org.uk.

WHAT YOU’LL GET: 
Entries will be judged by the EVCOM Board to find a Winner and a Runner Up. You will have your film celebrated and promoted through EVCOM and ERIC’s social media channels. You will receive a free ticket and a plus one to attend an awards ceremony in November, where you will be presented with a trophy and have your film shown to an audience of filmmakers!

But more importantly, you will also receive mentoring sessions from three of the top film companies in the sector, Gorilla Gorilla!, The Edge Picture Company and Plastic Pictures. This is a great way to get your career in film up and running!

Apply by midnight on 30th September!

 

Key Dates

7th August 2020: Entries Open for The FOCUS Award
30th September 2020: Entries Close for The FOCUS Award
 
25th October 2020: The FOCUS Award Winner and Runner Up Announced
 
19th November 2020: EVCOM London Live and Film Awards Ceremony

If you have any questions about the award and how to enter, please get in contact with Amelia at coordinator@evcom.org.uk

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