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Nottingham International Microfilm Festival (NIM)

Welcome to the first NIM Fest! Nottingham's introduction to, and celebration of, Microfilm; the Chinese film industry phenomenon.

Running from 15th to 20th October 2015, this festival will include:

  • Category screenings,
  • Master classes/talks from leading industry professionals
  • A production market event designed to support, promote and encourage an understanding of and access to the screen industries, including microfilms.

Commonly misunderstood to simply mean 'very short/small films', microfilms are actually an extended version of the short film sector,which can involve not only short production timeframes, low costs and short length films, but also any short film piece that offers promotion, whether personal, training or corporate and that can be consumed on-line as well as in theatres. This can include music videos, personal videos, adverts, documentaries, animations, gaming animations...the list goes on! For a further understanding of microfilms check out our 'What is Microfilm?' section.

As microfilms are already established as a sector of filmmaking in China we are looking to encourage an understanding and engagement with our UK audience and filmmaking talent as well as connecting businesses to filmmakers and encourage collaborations. Through providing 5 categories within the festival we are encouraging a range of filmmakers to engage with the festival and therefore its audience. These categories are:

  • Drama
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Extreme short
  • Student Competition (Nottingham related campuses only)


"This is an innovative city wide initiative bringing the 'microfilm' format to cinema audiences across a range of venues. The concept of microfilm is already gaining international recognition as art from, communications tool and media evolution, and the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival showcases examples of best quality from across these genres. There are competition and selection elements and the curation is designed to produce a festival that will grow an audience for this burgeoning form, and relate it closely to the city's profile, involving students from both Universities. NIM is just one more example, following Notts TV and the National Videogame Arcade, of how Nottingham is pioneering in opening up new audiences, new formats, and new art and creative production in ways that are at the forefront of metropolitan cultural experimentation."

Murray Pratt- Dean, College of Arts and Science, School of Arts & Humanities


Screen Industry at NIM

The programme for NIM is quickly developing with confirmed representatives including:

International Industry:

  • James Shannon (Dolby Laboratories)
  • Glenn Kiser (Director of the Dolby Institute, formerly General manager of Skywalker Sound, Lucasfilm)
  • Bill Creber (award-winning filmmaker and Lifetime Achievement Award honouree (Art Directors Guild of America)
  • Francine Marchetti (Executive Producer, member of the Producers Guild of America, the Visual Effects Society in Hollywood and of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences of America)
  • Denise Mann (Head of the leading UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s Producers Program, author of several books and a world authority on digital filmmaking and transmedia)
  • Maggie Murphy (Head of Shaftesbury U.S.)
  • Dr Yang Ming (President of Xinhua Net Future Media Convergence Institute)

UK Industry:

  • Mike Blair - Shiver (an ITV company)
  • Michael Eaton (award winning dramatist who has worked across film, television, theatre and radio and broadcast through BBC, BFI, Channel 4 and ITV)
  • Jeanie Finlay (award winning Nottingham based documentary filmmaker)
  • Al Clark - Wellington Films
  • Gianluca Sergi – Director of the Institute for Screen Industries (University of Nottingham)
  • Iain Simons - GameCity

We look forward to seeing you there!

Faith Blakemore- Director, NIM


Submissions to NIM...

Submissions from freelance filmmakers for NIM will open in June 2015. To enter your microfilm into NIM please check out and follow our requirements detailed below. 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.

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

The Nottingham International Microfilm Festival 2015 Terms and Conditions

Eligibility and Rules:

1. NIM Fest is open to freelance filmmakers

2. The entries must meet the stated duration for their category:

  • Extreme short: up to 90 seconds
  • Documentary: up to 10 minutes 
  • Fiction: up to 10 minutes
  • Animation: up to 5 minutes

3.  No one may make more than one entry per category, but more than one category can be entered.

4. A nominated panel involving members of Nottingham Screen Partnership will curate the NIM Fest entries. The panel's decision is final and not open to negotiation. No correspondence will be entered into.

Terms and Conditions:

1. Failure to comply with any rules, terms and conditions of the competition may result in disqualification.

2. All participants in NIM Fest agree to allow their names, photographs and work submitted to be used for publicity and other purposes as deemed fit by the Nottingham Screen Partnership during and after the event for perpetuity

3. Entries including a completed entry form should be sent via WeTransfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline. The file should be called: 2015NIMcategorycontactname. Please do not sue punctuation, for example: 2015NIMDocumentaryJohnSmith. The Nottingham Screen Partnership will not be responsible for submitted material lost in transit.

4. Entries must be 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.

5. All entries should provide a synopsis (250-350 words) of the film. There is a section on the entry form for this.

6. All entries must be received by 2pm (BST) on Friday September 4th 2015. Any entries received after this will not be considered. We cannot be held responsible for ineligible or fraudulent entries; or any late or lost entries due to the internet, even where proof of sending can be provided.

7. Entry does not guarantee inclusion in the festival programme.

8. By entering the festival you are indicating acceptance of the rules, terms and conditions of the competition

9. We reserve the right to cancel the event at any stage if we deem this necessary or circumstances arise that are outside of our control

10. 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.


Curtis Clark - Chairman of Technical Committee, ASC

"Coming here [Nottingham] has been an epiphany...seeing this unified approach and collective enthusiasm".

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