The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards 2012(Powered by Ford)


We are incredibly excited and honoured to welcome the legendary film critic Barry Norman to present The Van d’Or Awards 2012! It’s quite brilliant that a man who has unknowingly influenced so many people to follow film, make film and live film, is going back to its very roots to reward filmmakers who are making their contribution to the thriving independent cinema scene. Click this link to BOOK TICKETS.Barry Norman to present The Van d'or Independent Film Awards 2012


After the success of our inaugural Van d’Or Awards for Independent Film in August 2011, we were pleased to confirm the awards for 2012 would go ahead in September, with the support of Ford.
Last year we celebrated some of the films which Cannes in a Van screened during the festival, plus those which had a special place in our hearts were honoured with an Un Certain Regard award. The overall winner of the Van d’Or for Best Film, Fixing Luka (dir. Jessica Ashman) went on to win a BAFTA Scotland Award in November 2011!

For this year’s awards things are a little different. There will still be the same categories as before, but with new ones added into the mix. There’ll also still be an awards ceremony in London, but this time we’re awarding a European crop of independent films. There’s a special Student Film in Transit category too, specifically for film students and some serious prizes to be won. (Full prize details to come).

Our judging panel consists of key players in the industry, distributors, promoters, actors, directors, producers and a few surprises. The full list of judges is here.

From the 15 award categories, 5 will be shortlisted by our jury for the big award – The Van d’Or for Best Film. All 5 nominees will be screened at the awards ceremony on September 14th 2012 at Hackney House in London’s Shoreditch district. See the full list of the awards categories.

All-in all, the 2012 Van d’Ors will be an awards like no other. The winners and nominees will tour with Cannes in a Van: Film in Transit in the coming year, giving those entries some much deserved promotion and coverage via organised screenings, festivals and other events to-be-confirmed.

The Van d’Or Awards microsite courtesy of Ford is now live.
You can keep up-to-date with developments via our
Van d’Or Awards Facebook page here.


We’ve kept it simple…
There are 4 categories for entries:


All short film genres except music-based should be submitted in this category (ie. short fiction, animation, short documentary, motion design). Films should be under 20 mins in length.


Music promos & innovative / experimental work under 10 mins from new and established filmmakers. Entries must include a soundtrack which is at least 80% music-based and is the main audio focus of the work.


While Cannes in a Van generally concentrates on short film genres, The Van d’Or Awards introduces a new category recognising those milestones in independent film – The Feature. Films entered in this category must be between 30 – 120 minutes in length and can be any genre (ie. documentary, fiction, horror etc).


For the first time the special Student Film in Transit category is included for film students who produce a 1-3 min submission based on the 2012 Cannes in a Van brief as follows:


Participating students must produce a 1 – 3 mins in length VIRAL film based on the word / concept of ‘MOVING’. Whether itʼs a journey with a twist or an arty expression of transition, the final piece should deliver an innovative and engaging experience. Because the award is entitled ‘Student Film in Transit’, references to existing cinema and the ‘film landscape’ are actively encouraged. Prizes include over £1k of filmmaking equipment.
Please Note: Entries must be made by students in a current program (Age 16 +) or those who have made the film within two years of graduating. There is no entry fee for this competition.

Before entering your film please read the submission guidelines here.
You can download the Full Terms & Conditions here.



12 July Special rate Screen Social submissions open
16 July Early-bird submissions open
(via Withoutabox & The Van d’Or Awards site)
27 July Early-bird submissions deadline
31 Aug Final submissions deadline

The awards categories are as follows:
The Van d’Or Award for Best Film (Short)
Best Feature-length Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Comedy
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Animation
Best Motion Design
Best Documentary
Shooting People Grass Roots Award
Screen Social award for Best Music-based film
The Student Film in Transit Award

Films of note which the judges feel deserve special mention will be awarded  an Un Certain Regard prize.


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