About

Commencing in 2021, the Sony Film Festival celebrates the best filmmaking work shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand. The Festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all levels, from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing the exceptional talent and abilities of cinematographers and filmmakers who are using the Sony system to capture their stories.

In its inaugural year, the Festival includes three categories; Fiction, Non-Fiction and Music Video, embracing a broad swath of the filmmaking landscape. Building on Sony’s deep roots in the global film and television industry, and its technology leadership in digital imaging, the Sony Film Festival aims to support the vibrant and flourishing filmmaking community in Australia and New Zealand.

Competition Dates

Submissions will open in January 2021 with the submission period ending in June 2021.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in August 2021.

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Competition Terms & Conditions will be released in January 2021.

Further details about the prize pool for the Festival will be announced in January 2021.

Category-specific criteria are listed below:

  • Fiction

    Fiction film, narrative film, or fictional film is a film that tells an original (undocumented) fictional or fictionalized story, event or narrative. A fictional film is wholly unique and is considered original by the screen writer and any collaborators. Lighting and camera movement, among other cinematic elements such sound and musical components, and visual editing, are deployed to create a cohesive fictional narrative and are considerations for judging in this category.

    Any film content depicting real life people, events, or narratives, is considered Non-fiction and these films should be submitted into the Non-fiction category.

  • Non-Fiction

    Non-fiction is any film that is presented as a depiction of real-life events, people, or narratives. Non-fiction (i.e. documentary) content may be presented either objectively or subjectively, and can take the form of a story. Typical submissions for this category are documentary and mockumentary films.

    Films that present information, events, or characters that are largely imaginary, are considered to be fiction and these films should be submitted into the Fiction category.

  • Music Video

    music video is a short film which is shot and edited to a pre-existing piece of music. The use of cinematic elements such as camera movement, lighting, and editing, are deployed to support the piece of music.

    There is no restriction on music genre, and purely instrumental work is also eligible for submission.

    If the video is largely made of a narrative and only partially features an original song/musical score, consider submitting the film into the Fiction or Non-fiction categories.

Who Can Enter

  • Entrant must be an Australian or New Zealand resident aged 18 years or older
  • Entrant must hold all relevant rights for the work being submitted
  • Entrant must have a production credit on the film being submitted

Submission

To be eligible for consideration, the entrant must submit;

  • The main film
    • Initial entry should be no less than full HD resolution
    • High resolution master should be available for supply in the event of short-listing
  • A promotional poster
    • Portrait orientation of 1000 x 1440 pixels
  • 2 – 3 images (either frames from the feature or production stills) to represent your film
  • A short behind-the-scenes video
    • Any legible format is acceptable including mobile phone footage
    • Video must be no less then two minutes in length
    • Video should show Sony cameras in use
    • This content is for verification purposes only and will not be used by judges to select a winner

Gear

At least eighty percent of the submitted film must be captured on Sony cameras.

Format

Please refer to individual category requirements.

Judging

Details to be announced in January 2021.

FAQs

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