Enter now for this year's Best Film category in The Guide Awards

THE Best Film category in the annual Guide Awards is being relaunched in conjunction with local film-making groups in a bid to attract the area’s top talent.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019, 3:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th July 2019, 11:17 am
A still from Guilt, a short film by S.A.A.L Productions, which has been entered into the 2019 Guide Best Film Awards

Local filmmaker Roy Hanney has been instrumental in bringing together three competitions run by Portsmouth Film Society, Trash Arts and The Guide under one umbrella.

Portsmouth Film Society have also put up a cash prize of £200.

Roy said: ‘It just seemed crazy that we were all doing the same thing, that we would be better off working together.’ 

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PFS organiser Aysegul Epengin said: ‘After running the Shorts Cuts short film competition for 11 years it made sense to pool resources and collaborate. It means we have more marketing, more support from the community and a more focused competition.’ 

The competition will feature in the Making Waves International Film Festival (MWIFF) which has now dedicated its short film category to supporting this new award.

Trash Arts founder Sam Mason-Bell added: ‘I wanted to get everything under one umbrella so that we could take the short film competition to the next stage of its development, more films, better films and an amazing screening night.’ 

Filmmakers are invited to submit their short films via the MWIFF online portal and the shortlist of the best six films will be screened at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea in November.

Following which they will go online for a public vote. The winner will receive £200 a place on a Raindance Saturday Film School.

The Guide Awards will take place next January. 

And Roy added:  'This is all about the creative community coming together, supporting each other and championing Portsmouth as a creative city.’

The deadline for submissions is midnight on August 2.

For more details go to filmfreeway.com/MWIFF19.