Built on partnership
Watersprite only works because we partner with amazing organisations around the world. Find out how we could work together below.
Submissions to Watersprite come from over 80 countries on 6 continents. Films shown at Watersprite have gone on to win at BAFTA and Sundance, and some of our nominees are rising stars worldwide.
Supporting the festival gives you the chance to preview nominated films, as well as exclusive opportunities to connect with these remarkable young creatives.
There are 13 awards to be won at our star-studded awards ceremony – in 2016 this was hosted by Sir Lenny Henry and attended by celebrities including Tom Hollander.
We offer travel bursaries to our nominees so we can bring them from around the world – whether they’re coming from London or Myanmar, we want to make sure our filmmakers can make the most of the festival.
During the festival itself, we bring global stars to Cambridge – actors, directors and producers – who bring glamour and inspiration to our festival galas.
Industry experts bring practical advice, share their experience and offer roundtables during our packed daily events schedule.
Nominated filmmakers share their insights during Q&As after their film screenings.
The festival line-up is vibrant, the atmosphere friendly and fun, and the venues are stunning. Come along and find out.
We are always looking new platforms for the films in our competition, or ways to champion the filmmakers behind them.
Whether training, mentorships, marketing partnerships, distribution or exhibition opportunities or sharing programmes with other festivals, we are keen to hear from people who would like to help us in building strong future careers.
Here are just a few Watersprite winners who have gone on to great things.
William won the inaugural Film of the Year award at Watersprite in 2010, back when we were called Cam*Era. The following year, we renamed the festival after his short. Since then, William has gone on to direct Poldark, Misfits, One of Us, and is currently working on his first feature film (an adaptation of his Watersprite-winning short) with BFI and Endor Productions.
Nick’s short film Dancing in the Ashes won Film of the Year at Watersprite 2013. Whilst attending the festival, Nick met actor Joe Cole. Together, they made the short film Slap, with Joe playing a cross-dressing boxer as lead actor. Slap went on to achieve huge success, ultimately being nominated for a BAFTA in 2015. Nick is now working on his first feature film with Film4.
After serving on the Watersprite 2012 committee, Emilie graduated from Cambridge University and met Nina Gantz at the NTFS. Emilie and Nina teamed up to create Edmond, a short animation which won the Animation Award at Watersprite 2016. Since then Edmond has met with extraordinary success, winning at BAFTA, Sundance, and many other festivals.