Making Waves International Film Festival

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries students at the University of Portsmouth have been invited to take part in this years Making Waves International Film Festival, which supports and exhibits pioneering work by the international talent and local independent film-makers.

Now in its eighth year, the Making Waves International Film Festival will be open for entries from Thursday 9 May until Friday 2 August 2019 and encourages entries from local, UK and International filmmakers, and hosts a screening event in November each year for the Official Selections to be shown to a live audience, responsible for the selecting the Audience Award from the films shown.

In 2018, the prestige judges were Anna Dixon (Mycho Entertainment), Tony Newton (Vestra Pictures), Ron Valderama (Stream Now TV), Elki Yates (Southampton Film Festival) and James Rowlins (Brighton Rocks Film Festival). 2019 Judges will be announced soon.

The Making Waves International Film Festival is managed by TrashArts Portsmouth, an artistic community with a vision that has put people before profit since 2007. For 2019, TrashArts has partnered with the Portsmouth Film Society and DVMission Film Competition to encourage greater local support for filmmaking in the Solent region of the UK.

For 2019, the Festival entry categories are for Local, National and International Films. Additional categories exist for Best Actor, Best Director and Youth Filmmaker (producer and/or director born on or after 1 August 1998).

The support of our sponsors is gratefully acknowledged:
– TrashArts Portsmouth
– Portsmouth Film Society
– DV Mission
– The Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth
– HB Films Ltd


The Guide Award for Best Local Film (to be presented as part of The Guide Awards in January 2020)

The Audience Award (selected from films screened at the gala evening)

Best National Film (UK)

Best International Film (non UK)

The Young Film Maker Award (Director and/or Producer aged 21 years and under)

Best Actor (open to all actors, irrespective of gender, within all submitted films)

Best Director (open to all directors within all submitted films)

All Awards will be recognised with a MWIFF Trophy. In addition, The Guide Award for Best Local Film will receive a £200 Cash Prize. Official Selections will receive MWIFF Festival Laurels, with Semi-Finalist Laurels for runners up.

The 2018 Winners were: 
Best National Film – Under The Parasol
Best International Film – Heavy Rain
Young Filmmaker – Alessandro Schuster
Best web Series – Prime Donne
Best Local Film – Seasonal Contract
Best Film – 2:40 To London

Rules & Terms

Film length to be a maximum of 10 minutes, including Titles and Credits. Any non English language films must have English subtitles or captions.

All films must be completed after 1st February, 2018.

The final closing date for entries is 2nd August, 2019.

Shortlisted films will be announced on 24th October, 2019.

Shortlisted filmmakers automatically agree to allow their film trailers to be screened online by Making Waves International Film Festival.

Only shortlisted film makers will be notified personally.

Student Fees are available to filmmakers of or under 21 years of age.

For further terms and conditions/ how to enter, visit Making Waves International Film Festival

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