Short film competition

  • Online Event
  • Free
  • Open to all

Contact information

LU Arts
01509 222948

For all you budding filmmakers this is the time to try out making your own short film – it could be an animation, a documentary or a short feature. We are looking for lo-fi, DIY, films that show imagination and creativity. We are not looking for high production values and special effects – it’s about using what you have and being as creative as possible.

In return we will offer a range of cash prizes and an opportunity to showcase your work as part of the LU Arts forthcoming Arts Week festival in June.

Our online competition for short films is asking students and staff from across the University to make a short film, no longer than 5 minutes running time, in any genre or tackling any topic, in their current state of isolation. Selected films will be shown on our festival website and will compete for three prizes; first prize £250 ,second prize £100 and third prize £50.

The jury will consist of Loughborough Alumnus Alex Widdowson and Director of LU Arts, Nick Slater.

To help inspire you and learn some of the skills you might need, why not take part in our free, online film making workshop with talented filmmaker Tomisin Adepeju on Saturday 16 May, 1-3pm. We also have one of the judges, Alex Widdowson, being interviewed live online on Sunday 17 May at 4pm. Find out more about his career and hear some top tips! Both events are part of our Creative Media Weekend.

Terms and Conditions

You should only submit your short film if it was made during this current period of lockdown and it should not have been published yet (including social media and video platforms). The short film must not be longer than 5 minutes. The topic and genre are completely up to you although we hope some films will engage with the current situation. One important rule: it must be self-made or made with your partners/family/people you are isolated with.  You can also team up with someone else, but you must work together remotely. No gatherings! We encourage you to stay at home, get creative and work with what you've got at hand - a good story and your camera can be more than enough.

How to enter

Please download and complete the submission form below and send this, along with your short film, to (via WeTransfer if you are sending large files). The competition opens on Saturday 16 May 2020. The deadline for submission is 5pm on Wednesday 10 June 2020.


Amended short film competition application form