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Nottingham Screen Partnership Student Microfilm Competition 2016

A selection of the 2014 competition winners pose for the camera...


Running alongside the NIM Festival, the NSP Student Microfilm Competition offers students from selected partner Universities the opportunities to develop and submit microfilms to be reviewed by a panel of esteemed industry professionals from Europe, the US and China including:

  •           Gary Rydstrom- Oscar winning Sound Director and designer, USA
  •     Thomas A. Walsh- Emmy Award winning Production Designer, USA
  •     Mike Blair- Shiver (ITV), UK
  •     Dr Yang Ming- Xinhua Net Media Convergence, China

Winning entries will be selected for each category, receiving the highly regarding NIM Festival category winner laurel. All official selections will also be in with the chance to be put forward for international distribution opportunities.

Partner Universities currently involved in the competition include:

  •     The University of Nottingham
  •     Nottingham Trent University
  •     University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)
  •     Communications University of China (CUC)
  •     The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus
  •     De Montfort University
  •     Derby University
  •     Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies
  •     New College Nottingham
  •     Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
  •     Filmakademie Ludwigsburg
  •     University of Offenburg

Entry is free but must conform to the technical requirements in the terms and conditions of the competition, and include a short synopsis of the film through completing the entry form available on and

When you have read through the T&C's thoroughly you will be able to apply by downloading the entry form  and once you have completed it sending it along with your entry using WeTransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nottingham Screen Partnership

Student Microfilm Competition 2016

A category within the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival,

20-22 October 2016

Film Submissions Terms and Conditions

Eligibility and Rules:

  1. The NSP Student Microfilm Competition as a category of the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival is open free of charge to student film-makers registered at any of the below Universities:
    1. The University of Nottingham
    2. Nottingham Trent University
    3. University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA)
    4. Communications University of China (CUC)
    5. The University of Nottingham Ningbo Campus
    6. De Montfort University
    7. Derby University
    8. Confetti Media College
    9. New College Nottingham
    10. Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
    11. Filmakademie Ludwigsburg
    12. University of Offenburg
  1. All entries must meet the stated duration for their category:
  • Non-fiction: up to 10 minutes.
  • Documentary: up to 10 minutes.
  • Fiction: up to 10 minutes.
  • Animation: up to 10 minutes.
  1. Entrants may make no more than one entry per category, but more than one category can be entered.
  1. In order to be accepted into and to become a participant of the NIM Festival, all entrants are required to sign up to these terms & conditions of the competition.
  1. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification and the Nottingham Screen Partnership (NSP) reserves the right to not accept any film it believes is not suitable for the Festival.
  1. Entries must be sent via to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  1. Entries must be in the form of MP4 with a maximum file size of 1GB. We recommend that you film in HD High Resolution. If you are selected for screening we will require a full HD High Resolution version of your entry, and will provide details of how to send it.  If you are unable to supply this, your entry may be withdrawn.
  1. All entrants should provide a synopsis and complete the competition form available on
  1. The file should be called: 2016categorycontactname Please do not use any punctuation, for example: 2015DocumentaryJohnSmith. The Nottingham Screen Partnership will not be responsible for submitted material lost in transit.
  1. All entries must be received by 2pm (BST) on Friday 1 July  2016.  Any entries received after this time will not be considered. NSP cannot be held responsible for ineligible or fraudulent entries; or any lost or late entries, due to the Internet, even where proof of sending can be provided.
  1. NSP will contact you as soon as possible after curation of all films submitted and in any event before the Festival date of 20th October 2016 to notify you if your film has been successful for screening at the Festival.
  1. Entry does not guarantee inclusion in the NIM Festival programme.


Curation and use of film submissions:

  1. A nominated panel involving members of the NSP and any specific partner, individuals or organisations decided by the NSP, will curate the NIM Festival entries. The panel’s decision is final and not open to negotiation. No discussion will be entered into about any decisions made.
  1. As a participant you;
    1. grant NSP rights to use your film and associated material and information for the 2016 NIM  Festival;
    2. agree to allow NSP use of your name, photographs, images, production stills and excerpts of no more than 10% of the film running time to be used for publicity and other purposes such as archiving, as deemed fit by NSP during and after the NIM Festival, in perpetuity;
    3. agree to allow your film(s) to be placed on the Festival’s YouTube channel and other national and international distribution channels deemed appropriate/suitable by the NSP for the months between Festival Editions, on a non-exclusive basis.
  1. Should the NSP wish to use a film beyond this period they will seek approval from the film-maker before doing so.

Rights and Indemnity:

  1. By entering a film for the NIM Festival you;
    1.  confirm that you own the copyright to the film, that is it your own original work and that you have in place any necessary approvals or licences to use third party material, and that it does not infringe copyright of any third party rights;
    2. agree to indemnify and hold harmless NSP and associated curators, from any claims, losses, damages, costs and liabilities as a result of films submitted to the NIM Festival.
  1. NSP reserve the right to cancel the NIM Festival at any stage if we deem this necessary or circumstances arise that are outside our control.
  1. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. You hereby submit to and agree that the sole jurisdiction and venue for any actions that may arise under or in relation to the subject matter hereof shall be the English Courts.


Gary Rydstrom - Pixar/Lucas Film/Disney

"The Microfilm Competition at the University of Nottingham is a thrilling, motivating, and entertaining event for the school and students. There is no better way to learn than to do, and the films in competition were obviously sweated over. I appreciated hearing the unique voices of the filmmakers. The filmmakers will appreciate seeing each other's work, and watching the winning films gain a wider audience in the world. This will make future work at the school even better, and future Competitions even more impressive".

Mike Blair - Shiver (an ITV company)

"Competitions like this matter because we are hearing new voices telling us new stories or sometimes breathing new life into old ones".

Oliver Parson - Red Bee Media

"I've been massively impressed by the quality of the work entered in the Microfilm Competition. This competition is hugely important not only in giving people the opportunity to get their work seen, but also the chance of working to a brief (overcoming challenges) – which is a fundamental part of working in the film and TV industry. There is clearly some great talent behind these films whose names have already gone into my little black book of people I might call on to pitch on projects".

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