Latitude Festival announes film making competition

Latitude Festival is running a competition this year for film makes to create a documentary based on this years theme Secrets and Lies, check out the details of the competition below:

This year, Latitude Festival will be focusing its attentions on some vital political and societal issues that are both timely and timeless.

Living in Britain as we learn of the unprecedented mass surveillance being undertaken by the US and UK – learning vital truths, unravelling secrets and questioning what these mean for us, for society and for the future.

As part of this wide, creative exploration, Latitude Festival – in partnership with film Production Company Brass Moustache – will commission two short documentaries (maximum 10 minutes length) to premiere in the Film & Music Arena of the festival.

Film-makers, especially young or emerging film-makers, will be invited to submit 2 page treatments to the jury, comprised of multi-award winning film-makers Callum McCrae, Director of "No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka"; Sarah McCarthy, Director of "The Dark Matter of Love" and Mark Donne, Director of "The UK Gold" – who will shortlist & commission two short documentaries.

The two winning film-makers will each receive a production grant of £2.5k each and both receive on-going support & workshop assistance via the Brass Moustache studio in Central London.

The jury and winning film-makers will be joined at the festival by Catherine Bray of Film 4, who will introduce the premiere screenings of the two shorts and then host a debate and audience discussion on the themes connected to them.


“I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I speak to,

every expression of creativity or love or friendship, is recorded” … 

So said Edward Snowden.

In the modern era of Facebook, twitter, tumblr, online stalking; state & corporate surveillance; the silent capture of colossal levels of personal and private data, the surreptitious analysis and sale of our private thoughts, emotions, habits, pleasures, dislikes and political leanings, we call on film-makers to respond to one question: “What is Your Truth?”

We ask film-makers to meditate on themes such as: surveillance, underworld, personal, double lives, masks, brain/body, confession, social media, privacy, conspiracy theories, whistleblowing and individual perspective; and upon our own relationships with the truth and how the allure of secrecy could become embedded into our lives.

Short documentaries can be in any form: animated, docu-drama, investigative documentary, participative or observational documentary, but they must clearly respond to the brief as outlined. 


Please send treatments (maximum 2 pages in length) to: [email protected]

Submissions must include:

·         Name, age and date of birth of Director.

·         Full contact details

·         A comprehensive outline (including narrative and style)of the short documentary you’d like to make

·         One paragraph on how you will technically realise the project (equipment, etc.)

·         One (final) paragraph on why you wish to make it


28th April – submissions closed.

9th May – winning treatments announced & commissioned.

2nd June – commissioned film-maker workshop/rushes review in Central London.

27th June – deadline for delivery of completed short documentaries.

18th July – premiere screenings and audience discussion in Film & Music Arena of Latitude Festival.


·         The competition jury will independently shortlist and select the winning short documentaries based on the merit and originality of the treatment and the judged capacity of the film-maker(s) to deliver to the brief.

·         Competition winners agree to attend the premiere screenings at the Festival on 18th July 2014. Guest passes to the festival will be made available to the winning film-makers.

·         Competition winners agree to attend a technical production workshop in Central London on 2nd June to review rushes and overall production progress.

·         Competition winners agree to their short documentaries (non-exclusively) being shown on the Latitude Festival website and all online platforms (including social networks, you-tube etc.)Competition winners will retain all rights to their short documentaries.


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