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Welcome to Mandy’s first ever Mini Movie Fest! This is your chance to showcase your filmmaking talents to our international community of 2.9 million users and a panel of BAFTA and Academy Award-winning judges from the worlds of TV and film

Open to filmmakers of all experience levels, you can win a whole host of career-boosting prizes, including equipment to help bring your projects to life, masterclass sessions with industry experts, passes to film festivals and more. Go on, show the filmmaking world what you’re made of.

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THE CONCEPT: “WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?”

It’s the question on everyone’s lips in an unprecedented climate, but what does this sentence mean to you? We want our talented community to explore this concept and include in the film the line of dialogue ‘Where do we go from here?’ into their submission. Whether this to you means horror or comedy, drama or documentary, we want you to get creative with this concept and show us your own unique interpretation.


SUBMITTING YOUR MINI MOVIE

The submission process couldn’t be easier! Your mini movie can be of any genre and filmmaking style, but it must be entirely original and incorporate the line of dialogue ‘Where do we go from here?' and be a maximum of five minutes.

You'll find the submission process at the bottom of this page and we've broken it down into three simple steps: 

  1. Save your mini movie on your device or computer.
  2. Select the category you are entering (this is dependant on how many years of filmmaking experience you have).
  3. Click 'Pick File', upload your mini movie video - ensuring it’s under 200mb in size - and hit submit!

THE JUDGES

Ameenah Ayub Allen Ameenah Ayub Allen (BAFTA-nominated Producer)
Serena ArmitageSerena Armitage (Oscar-Winning Producer & Director)
Kelly O'SullivanKelly O'Sullivan (Writer, Director & Actor)
Jordan WalkerJordan Walker (Producer)
Daniel WillisDaniel Willis (Director & Writer)
Laurie Rose Laurie Rose (BAFTA-winning DOP)
Robyn Slovo Robyn Slovo (BAFTA-nominated Producer)
Alex Thompson Alex Thompson (Filmmaker)

Ameenah is a BAFTA-nominated and BIFA-winning British film producer with over 18-years experience. ROCKS, directed by Sarah Gavron (Fable Pictures/Film4/BFI), released theatrically to 5-star reviews before streaming internationally on Netflix and with 7-nominations led the latest BAFTA awards and was the big BIFA winner (5-awards including Best Film). Recently, she co-produced Clio Barnard’s ALI & AVA starring Adeel Akhtar and Claire Rushbrook (Moonspun Films/BBC Films/BFI) which will premiere at Cannes (selected for Director's Fortnight). She was nominated for Berlinale’s Best Original Documentary for Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s inimitable Panorama-selected ERASE AND FORGET and executive produced GENERATION REVOLUTION. Her credits include Clio Barnard's Cannes-winner THE SELFISH GIANT, TIFF-commended DARK RIVER and debut THE ARBOR; Sarah Gavron's BRICK LANE based on the best-seller; ELECTRICITY and Hong Khaou’s MONSOON.

Having spent a decade producing and directing factual programs for ITV, including ‘Pride of Britain’ and BAFTA nominated ‘Paul O’Grady’s For The Love Of Dog’s', Serena Armitage won an Academy Award for producing Ben Cleary’s short ‘Stutterer’ in 2016. In the same year, she set up Red Breast to develop narrative feature films, and the company received slate funding through the prestigious BFI Vision Award. Serena is about to wrap production on Peter Strickland’s new feature ‘Flux Gourmet’ which she's producing with Pietro Greppi. The producers first joined forces on Sarah Clift’s short ‘The Birth Of Valerie Venus’, longlisted for a BAFTA earlier this year. Their combined feature slate includes two BFI supported projects: ‘English Animals’ with writer/ director Claire Oakley and Clift’s feature debut ‘Two Old Maids’. Red Breast Productions is also developing feature length drama ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’ with writer /actor Damola Adelaja and producer Tom Wood, backed by BBC Films.

Kelly O'Sullivan is a writer, director and actor. Her first feature screenplay, Saint Frances, premiered at South by Southwest, where it won the Special Jury Recognition for 'Breakthrough Voice' and the Audience Award for Narrative Feature' it was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2020. She was nominated for a Gotham Breakthrough Actor Award for her role in Saint Frances and the Independent Spirit Cassavetes Award. Kelly was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's '25 New Faces of Independent Film' and was a member of Film at Lincoln Center's Artist Academy.

Jordan Walker has written and produced multiple award-winning films, television and new media that have screened at  prestigious festivals such as TIFF, Cannes and Slamdance. Jordan has collaborated with film luminaries such as Morgan Freeman, Francis Conroy, Vincent D'Onofrio and Lawrence Kasdan. Jordan’s film credits include How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town and James Vs His Future Self. Jordan has spent the last nine years educating the next generation of filmmakers.

Daniel Willis is a writer/director and is a 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow and 2017 Sony Pictures Television Directing Fellow. His short films and television projects have screened at festivals around the world, including The HBO Short Film Competition at ABFF, The LA Film Festival, The New York Television Festival, and ITVFest (Best of Fest - Public Housing Unit). Daniel’s TV directing credits include Freeform/Hulu’s Cruel Summer, ABC’s The Rookie and Grey’s Anatomy and NBC’s The Blacklist. On the writing front, Daniel recently served as Writer/Producer for the Lena Waithe-produced comedy series: Twenties.

Laurie Rose

Laurie Rose is an esteemed cinematographer and has collaborated with director Ben Wheatley on films such as Down Terrace, High-Rise, Free Fire and the 2020 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In 2016 he became a member of the British Society of Cinematographers and at the 2016 British Academy Television Craft Awards, he won the Photography & Lighting: Fiction award for his work on London Spy.

Robyn Slovo

Robyn Slovo is an independent producer and worked for a number of years for BBC Drama, and then as a producer for Company Pictures and Working Title Films. Among her credits are producing Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar, co-producing Norman Jewison’s The Statement and producing Gimme Shelter, a short film directed by Ben Affleck. Alongside this, Robyn has produced Catch a Fire, the multi award-winning Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Snowman, as well as working as an executive producer on the TV series McMafia.

Alex Thompson is a Chicago-based filmmaker whose debut feature, Saint Frances, won the Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Voice at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film, and was part of Film at Lincoln Center’s 2019 Artist Academy. Saint Frances is distributed domestically by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

THE PRIZES

We have brought together some of the best providers in the industry to create a prize package that will enhance your filmmaking career, including passes to top film festivals, personal coaching sessions with industry experts, a project of yours to screen at a renowned film festival and more!


Winner: 0 - 2 years experience
The Mandy Network - Crew Annual Premium Membership
We Are Parable - £300 towards the winner's next project
We Are Parable - Winner's film to feature on the Who We Are Online Video Platform (which includes an interview and screening, publicised to We Are Parable's audience)
We Are Parable - A 60 minute 1:1 session with the We Are Parable team 
Jordan Walker - 1:1 31 minute Coaching Session
BBC Maestro - Online Course: Writing Drama For Television, taught by Jed Mercurio
Raindance - £250 voucher for any online / in-person Raindance course
Fat Llama - £250 equipment hire credit (redeemable for UK-based winners only)
MUBI - 6-month free MUBI subscription
FEST Short Film Festival - Free pass for every film screening and Industry Program masterclasses
Aesthetica Film Festival - Subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
Shiny - Free submission to the Shiny Awards
Bounce Cinema - Free submission for screening at Bounce Cinema
BFI Film Academy - Free submission for the BFI Future Film Festival
Argo - One year free trial of Argo
Filmarket Hub - Full access membership to the Filmarket Hub marketplace
TAXO'D - One year subscription for the TAXO'D accounting platform
British Film Institute - 1:1 session with BFI Network, centred on funds and talent programmes (prize only eligible for fiction submissions)

Winner: 3 - 5 years experience
The Mandy Network - Crew Annual Premium Membership
Jordan Walker - 1:1 31 minute Coaching Session
BBC Maestro - Online Course: Writing Drama For Television, taught by Jed Mercurio
Raindance - £250 voucher for any online / in-person Raindance course
Fat Llama - £250 equipment hire credit (redeemable for UK-based winners only)
MUBI - 6-month free MUBI subscription
FEST Short Film Festival - Free pass for every film screening and Industry Program masterclasses
Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Festival pass
Shiny - Free submission to the Shiny Awards
Bounce Cinema - Free submission for screening at Bounce Cinema
Argo - One year free trial of Argo
Filmarket Hub - Full access membership to the Filmarket Hub marketplace
TAXO'D - One year subscription for the TAXO'D accounting platform
British Film Institute - 1:1 session with BFI Network, centred on funds and talent programmes (prize only eligible for fiction submissions)

Winner: 5+ years experience
The Mandy Network - Crew Annual Premium Membership
Jordan Walker - 1:1 31 minute Coaching Session
BBC Maestro - Online Course: Writing Drama For Television, taught by Jed Mercurio
Raindance - £250 voucher for any online / in-person Raindance course
Fat Llama - £250 equipment hire credit (redeemable for UK-based winners only)
MUBI - 6-month free MUBI subscription
FEST Short Film Festival - Free pass for every film screening and Industry Program masterclasses. Access to networking opportunities and 1:1 meetings.
Aesthetica Short Film Festival - Festival pass
Rossscammm - Tailored marketing plan for your project
Shiny - Free submission to the Shiny Awards
Bounce Cinema - Free submission for screening at Bounce Cinema
Argo - One year free trial of Argo
Filmarket Hub - Full access membership to the Filmarket Hub marketplace
TAXO'D - One year subscription for the TAXO'D accounting platform
British Film Institute - 1:1 session with BFI Network, centred on funds and talent programmes (prize only eligible for fiction submissions)

Winner: Members Choice
The Mandy Network - Crew Annual Premium Membership
BBC Maestro - Online Course: Writing Drama For Television, taught by Jed Mercurio
Raindance - £250 voucher for any online / in-person Raindance course
FEST Short Film Festival - FEST FILM LAB workshop of winner’s choosing
Fat Llama - £250 equipment hire credit (redeemable for UK-based winners only)
MUBI - 6-month free MUBI subscription
Aesthetica Film Festival - Subscription to Aesthetica Magazine
Shiny - Free submission to the Shiny Awards
Bounce Cinema - Free submission for screening at Bounce Cinema
Argo - One year free trial of Argo
TAXO'D - One year subscription for the TAXO'D accounting platform
Filmarket Hub - Full access membership to the Filmarket Hub marketplace

*One lucky submission in the US will receive a Point Source Audio LAVALIER SWITCH KIT, with patented EMBRACE™ earmounts.*

READ BEFORE SUBMITTING

  • Your submission must include the line of dialogue: 'Where do we go from here?"
  • Your mini movie should be no more than five minutes long.
  • Don't worry about budget - filming on a phone, tablet or laptop is fine.
  • Profanity is ok, but please avoid nudity and offensive language and themes.
  • Our Mini Movie Fest is open to all Mandy Crew members internationally.
  • If your Mini Movie is not in the English language, we kindly request you include English subtitles, should you have the capability to do so.
  • Only one submission per user is permitted.
  • We take votes for our Members Choice category very seriously and we reserve the right to disqualify any member suspected of falsifying votes for their submission.
  • Any member using Mandy's internal mail function to spam others for the sake of the Fest risks their submission being banned.
  • Deadline for submissions is 2nd August 2021, 23:59 BST.
  • Submissions may be used by The Mandy Network for marketing purposes.
  • Submissions will be searchable and visible on the web.


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