The Skinny Short Film Competition 2015

Feature by News Team | 12 Mar 2015

Following the success of last year’s Skinny Short Film Competition, we’re once again on the hunt for the most exciting new voices in short film-making. This year, however, we're reaching even wider than before. To reflect The Skinny’s UK-wide presence, we’ve now opened our search to filmmakers from across the UK in a bid to find the best micro-budget short film (a short made for less than £1000) produced this year.

We’ve teamed up with Olympus, who’ll present the winning filmmaker(s) with a package of film-making equipment worth over £3000. "We are delighted to be associated with The Skinny Short Film Competition and look forward to seeing some high quality entries,” said Mark Thackara of Olympus. “The winner will receive some exceptional new generation hardware.” As with last year’s competition, the winning filmmaker(s) will go on to make a second short film, which will receive its world premiere at the 2016 Glasgow Short Film Festival.

From next week, filmmakers are invited to submit their short film(s) to our judging panel, which this year includes Glasgow Short Film Festival director Matt Lloyd, filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins, producer Rosie Crerar and The Skinny’s film editor Jamie Dunn. The closing date for submissions is 30 June – winners will be announced in August, giving them five months to write, direct and edit their film for its premiere at GSFF.

“What was most heartening about last year’s competition, was the variety of voices on display,” said Dunn, who was also on last year's panel. “We saw a whole array of styles and genres, from an elegiac documentary set aboard a fishing boat to a meta sex comedy by way of a paranoid dystopian fantasy. And then there was eventual winner Good Girl, by Rory Alexander Stewart, a deeply original work that spliced kitchen sink realism with sci-fi horror. I’m hoping for a similarly inventive and eclectic set of entries this year.”

“I'm very pleased to be a judge for The Skinny Short Film Competition,” added Mark Cousins. “Seeing films by new directors keeps my love of movies fresh. I'm hoping to see new stories or fresh angles."

Competition opens 15 Mar. To enter, send a private YouTube or Vimeo link to your film, along with a short description, to by 30 June. Films can be produced by UK-resident individuals or groups and must be:
– under 15 minutes long
– produced between May 2014 and June 2015
– not available for public viewing online

For full details of how to enter and competition Ts&Cs, click here

More from The Skinny:

The Skinny Short Film Competition 2014

Sci-Fi on a Shoestring: Skinny Short Film Competition-winner Rory Alexander Stewart