Discover a world of new talent

Our ethos

We believe in fostering emerging filmmaking talent from around the world. Our festival is free to enter and free to attend, and we shout far and wide when our submissions open to ensure that we receive entries from the very best student filmmakers across the globe.

The Watersprite Awards seek to promote, educate and reward the exceptional creative talent that Watersprite attracts, and the highlight of each year’s festival is the awards ceremony in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

How we do it

Submissions to the Watersprite Awards open in November each year and shortlists are announced shortly after. Nominees are then confirmed in January and the winners of the Watersprite Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the festival in March.

We provide bursaries to all our nominees to ensure as many filmmakers as possible are able to attend the festival and we are dedicated to ensuring that their filmmaking achievements are highlighted across the weekend.

Over the three days of the festival, we run screenings of the nominated films alongside a series of free events featuring industry-leading speakers who can weigh in on everything from funding a first feature to filming protest in the Middle East.

This year, Watersprite takes place from 10-12 March at venues around Cambridge. Join us in enjoying the best emerging filmmaking talent from around the world.

Quick facts…


First festival


Awards presented since 2010


No. of countries that have submitted films


Films screened at the festival each year

Over 150

Travel bursaries given to filmmakers from around the world


Total value of prizes awarded to student filmmakers since 2010


Watersprite is only possible thanks to our partners.


  • 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)
  • 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)