UNBROKEN Short Film Prize

Our 2020 Shortlist is now available to watch!!

Click here to watch our chosen shortlisted films and don’t forget to vote for your favourite for their chance to win the Audience Choice Award.

We are delighted that the 2020 festival will see the return of the UNBROKEN Short Film Prize, allowing us once again to explore the issues surrounding mental health through yet another art form.   Our previous two Shortlists set the bar pretty high but we hope that a number of film makers – young & not so young, first timers & old hands, those with experience of the issues & those with an interest – will again feel inspired by the subject matter and the freedom they have to explore it.  

Submissions are now closed! 

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2020.

Applicants will be notified on September 7, 2020, whether or not they have been chosen and will be shown as part of the UNBROKEN 2020 Short Film Festival.

The Winner, Runner Up and Audience Choice Awards will be announced on 10th October, World Mental Health Day.

Criteria for Short Films

We are looking for short films of anything from less than a minute to 10 minutes maximum in length, all concerned in some way with mental health.  The particular subject and the approach that you take, however, is entirely up to you.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

For full terms and conditions see below.

The 2020 Short Film Festival

We are delighted that despite the ongoing pandemic the 2020 Short Film Prize will still be able to go ahead! It will be held online for the first time, with international audiences invited to watch and vote for their favourite shortlisted film. The winners, and the recipient of the Audience’s Choice Award, will then be announced on October 10th: World Mental Health Day.

Details on how this screening will take place and how to vote will be posted soon. Watch this space!

We are delighted that we have already received our largest number of entries ever, submitted from countries as far-flung as Denmark, Sweden and Spain to Canada, Bulgaria and Thailand!  

The winning film will receive £100 and the runner up will receive £50.  A £25 Audience’s Choice prize will also be awarded.

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WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN 2020! 🙂

Previous Winners

“I am extremely honored to win this award.  This film was made by a small group of passionate filmmakers who wanted to tell a story that is very much about love. In this case, loving someone who is struggling with mental illness. We tried to give a voice to millions of people who are making sacrifices on a daily basis, just because they want to help. And by winning this award, we know their voices are being heard. I would like to thank the jury for this amazing honor and by helping us to raise awareness of the issues. Thank you so very much.”

‘SKOGAFOSS’
DIRECTED BY NIELS BUORGONJE, WRITTEN BY BASTIAAN TICHLER  AND PRODUCED BY DANIEL AISS
WINNER OF THE UNBROKEN 2018 SHORT FILM PRIZE 

“James and Joel wish to thank all of those who supported the film, whether they were wading through the freezing mud with us on the shoot or simply spreading the word on social media – any involvement, great or small, means a great deal to us as filmmakers. Winning this award is a wonderful achievement and the recognition means so much more given the subject matter behind the festival. We really hope that UNBROKEN becomes a big player on the festival circuit, as the values it represents are of great importance.”

‘TOMMY’
PRODUCED BY JOEL MAGUET & DIRECTED BY JAMES SIERADZKI
WINNERS OF THE UNBROKEN 2017 SHORT FILM PRIZE

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1) We reserve the right to disqualify any competition entries that we deem to be derogatory, unjustifiably disrespectful or offensive, or in any other way inappropriate for inclusion in the festival.

2) By entering this competition you are giving us permission to screen your film as part of the UNBROKEN mental health awareness festival in October 2021.  You are also agreeing to take part in certain activities to publicise the UNBROKEN festival and film awards or to complement the screening itself.  These may include but are not limited to providing us with a photo and a biography for the website &/or programme, taking part in an interview or Q&A, and writing a guest blog post.  Such material as is generated this year may also be used in following years as part of the publicity for future UNBROKEN festivals and Short Film Prizes.

3) The judges’ decision is final.  We will not enter into any discussion regarding either the decision made to shortlist (or not) any particular film, or the choice of Winner and Runner Up.

4) In the event of a tie for the Audience’s Choice award, the Festival Director – or, in their absence, their chosen representative – will have the casting vote and their decision will be final.