ABOUT THE AWARDS
After the success of our inaugural Van d’Or Awards for Independent Film in 2011, we went one better in 2012 with a bigger, shinier ceremony, hosted by none other than film critic legend Barry Norman, all thanks to our brilliant sponsors, Ford.
In 2011 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.
2012 was a little different, with new categories added into the mix, we awarded a pan-European crop of independent films and introduced a special Student Film in Transit category too – specifically for film students with some serious prizes to be won, courtesy of Ford. The judging panel consisted of key players in the industry, distributors, promoters, actors, directors, producers and a few surprises.
The 2013 Van d’Ors is set to raise the bar even more, with the quality of entries looking to be the best yet.
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.
You can keep up-to-date with developments via our
Van d’Or Awards Facebook page here.
SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN
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).
Back for another year and to be launched in September, the Student Film in Transit brief will be announced with a live brief and more details of what prizes you could win along with what exposure you could look to gain from entering.
THE 2013 STUDENT FILM IN TRANSIT BRIEF
Participating students must produce a 2 minute in length film based on a brief which will be published very soon. Watch this space!
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.
22 April Early-bird submissions open
(via Withoutabox & The Van d’Or Awards site)
12 June Early-bird submissions deadline
9 Aug Final submissions deadline
The awards categories are as follows:
The Van d’Or Award for Best Film (Short)
Best Feature-length Film
Best Sound Design
Best Motion Design
Shooting People Grass Roots Award
Screen Social award for Best Music-based film
Films of note which the judges feel deserve special mention will be awarded an Un Certain Regard prize.