Discover a world
of new talent.

Watersprite is an international film competition and festival
that aims to discover, showcase and nurture emerging
talent from around the globe.

Not just for students, our events are open
to everyone and are all entirely free!

Our 2018 Festival will take place from 23-25 February.

Check out our schedule from the 2017 Festival below.

Are you a…

  • Filmmaker?

    Enter your film

    The competition is free to enter, and open to all student films under 20 mins. Submissions will open this Summer, but you can read more about the awards and make sure to follow/like us to be the first to see our submission calls.  

    Come to the festival

    It’s big, it’s fun and it’s free. Not only do you get to learn from the experts, but you’ll meet tons of filmmakers to collaborate with and see a whole bunch of incredible films. We’ll see you in Cambridge in February!

    Read our blog

    For interviews with industry pros, opinion pieces, news and more, head on over to our blog.

  • Film lover?

    Come to the festival

    It’s big, it’s fun and it’s free. Come along to Cambridge in March and enjoy our incredible speaker line ups, short film screenings and much more.

    Watch some great films

    See a selection of our past winners here

    Read our blog

     For interviews with industry pros, opinion pieces, news and more, head on over to our blog.

  • (Future) Partner?

    Work with us

    We’re always looking for great new partnerships, whether it’s for sponsorship, new filmmaker initiatives, marketing or distribution. Scroll down for details on our history, or read more about how we work with our partners

    About us

    Find out more about what makes us tick, the festival history below, and the people behind it.

    Come to the festival

    It’s big, it’s fun and it’s free. Come along to Cambridge in February and enjoy our incredible speaker line ups, short film screenings and much more.

Thoughts on Watersprite

  • The best things were all the opportunities! Masterclasses and guests of the highest quality!
    — Basille Vuillemin (2016 nominee)
  • My experience of the festival was fantastic!
    — Patrick Nsengimana (2016 nominee)
  • Watersprite has an extraordinary atmosphere. It’s a fantastic venue for filmmakers from all over the world. You get all these different voices from different cultures coming together. Not only is it a great showcase, but it’s a really educative experience.

    — David Yates (Director – Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them)
  • Watersprite is a brilliant festival, with a line up of speakers that could credit BAFTA or the RTS.  First class talent from across the industry, all keen to meet and encourage student film-makers, many of whom are clearly going to be the very successful Watersprite speakers of the future.
    — Brian Woods (Documentary Producer & Director, TrueVision)
  • The entrants were of a particularly high standard. Halfway through the first film I forgot that I was watching a student film and started writing a critique as though it were a fully funded, professionally shot movie, such was the quality: this I believe is an excellent sign for the future of cinema
    — Luisa (Juror, Acting Award)
  • Watersprite is a lovely, intimate festival with a smart and well-thought out programme and an impressive selection of guests speaking candidly with engaged audiences.  It was a pleasure taking part and I would happily return.
    — Liz Mermin (Documentary filmmaker)
  • The atmosphere around the whole event was just so positive... quite possibly the best weekend I’ve ever had!
    — Bradley Porter (Filmmaker and former nominee)
  • Watersprite is a quality event that attracts the brightest young aspiring creative talent and engages them in stimulating debate.
    — Lorraine Heggessey (Television producer & executive)

Our History

Discover our 2017 programme and see what's in store this year.

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