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The 2018 Watersprite Awards Nominees

Watersprite is excited to announce the nominees for this year’s awards! With a dozen categories and submissions from all over the world, this year’s festival features the brightest talents and most poignant themes. Learn more about each nominated film further down the page.

About The Watersprite Awards

  • Who is it for?

    New talent from anywhere in the world. As long as you are a student and your film is under 20 mins long, you can submit.

  • Why submit?

    There are so many reasons to submit to Watersprite, but we’ll try to boil them down into a neat little list of bullet points:

    A platform for your film 

    We screen all the nominated films at the festival. But we also send previews of the films to various speakers, sponsors and partners. And our juries are made up of a mix of professionals and students. That’s a lot of moments where you might catch someone’s eye! A key goal for us is to provide screening packages to other festivals too. We were thrilled to send some films to the Dhaka International Film Festival this year – a great start!

    Recognition for you and your crew

    We don’t just celebrate the films – we celebrate all the people who help make them. Full details of our awards are further down the page, but we award films as a whole as well as the technical departments.

    A trip to Cambridge

     Since 2012, we have offered bursaries to our attendees to help them get to Cambridge. We also help to find cheap accommodation to make the trip as affordable as possible. Because while a laurel leaf for your poster is nice, getting to meet all the other nominees, as well as our fantastic speakers, is just so much more important.

    Career-building prizes and opportunities 

    Beyond attending the festival, we also work to create networking opportunities with industry pros. And our award prizes are useful: whether cash towards your next film, an animation portfolio review with Aardman or a meeting with a casting agent, we aim to find prizes that will help you in the next steps along your career path.

  • How much does it cost?

    Nothing. Not a sausage. It’s totally free.

    There are already enough barriers to getting into the film industry. We want to break those down at Watersprite. The competition is entirely free to enter, as are all of our events over the festival weekend.

1637°GRAD - Sound Editing
A LOVE LETTER TO THE ONE I MADE UP - Animation
A LOVE STORY - Animation, Original Film Music
A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING - Cinematography
BLIND AUDITION - Fiction, Directing, Screenplay
DIE LAST DER ERINNERUNG - Fiction
ERNIE - Fiction, Editing, Directing, Production Design, Sound Editing
FIFO - Screenplay, Best Performance
FLORES - Cinematography
GUTE NACHT - Editing
HOMEGROWN - Animation, Original Film Music, Production Design, Sound Editing
I KNOW - Cinematography
IT'S CALM HERE - Documentary
LAS DOS MITADES - Documentary
LAYOVER - Production Design
LE JEUNE PÂTISSIÈR - Documentary, Editing, Cinematography
MARIELA - Directing, Screenplay
MAYDAY RELAY - Filmmaker of the Future
NIGHT SPINNING - Animation, Original Film Music
NOT INDIFFERENT - Editing
PABLO - Best Performance
PUSSY WILLOWS - Best Performances
SA SAÍYANG ISLÁ - Filmmaker of the Future
SOARING SOLDIERS - Screenplay, Directing, Best Performance, Sound Editing
THE BRICKS - Filmmaker of the Future
THE KEEPER - Original Film Music
SLIDING MAN - Fiction
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN - Documentary, Filmmaker of the Future
ZORN DEM VOLKE - Production Design
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Our Awards are only possible thanks to our partners.

PARTNER WITH US

  • 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)