Entries for Stories in Motion short film competition are now open! Find out more information below, and enter before the 31st March 2024 for your chance to win. Good luck!




filmmakers and cinematographers.

At a glance:
- 18 to 25 year old
- UK resident
- 1 to 5 minute short film


  • 1ST DECEMBER 2023

    Entries Open

    Are you a budding filmmaker between the age of 18-25? Enter now to be in with the chance of winning!

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    31st March 2024

    Entries Close

    Entries will close at midnight on the 31st March 2024, where our judges will begin the judging period.

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    6th APRIL 2024

    Winners Chosen

    The 5 shortlisted entries per category will be notified by email with an invitation to the Awards evening.

  • 25TH APRIL 2024

    Awards Evening

    We are excited to bring together all shortlisted entries for a film screening and presentation of the Awards. Category winners and the overall Grand Prize winner will be announced - this is a night not to be missed!


From shortlisted entries to the overall Stories in Motion Grand Prize winner – you don’t want to miss this!

For each category there will be five shortlisted films, one of which will be selected as the overall category winner. From those three category winners, the Grand Prize winner will be chosen!

  • Each shortlisted entry will receive a £200 CVP voucher
  • The overall category winners will win an additional £500 CVP voucher
  • The Grand Prize winner will receive a Canon EOS C70 + RF 25-70mm F2.8L Lens in addition to the above vouchers, plus the chance to shadow a judge of choice for a day

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We are looking for young filmmakers based in the UK and aged between 18 and 25. There are three categories that you can enter: Music Video, Documentary and Scripted Shorts. You can decide to enter one, two or three categories, but you can only submit a maximum of one film per category. Each short film must be between 1 and 5 minutes.

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    Music Video

    This can be any style of music video, shot in an original way.

  • A road network at night with red and white light trails caused by the long exposure, shot from a bridge passing over two roads and a train track.


    You pick the subject matter and style – whether it’s an interview or run-and-gun. This will be completely unscripted.

  • Scripted Short

    This is any narrative short film across any genre, this is your time to be original and creative with your storytelling.

What will the judges be looking for?

Outside of the overall aesthetic and emotional response to your film, the judges will be looking for:

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY – the lighting and camera movements
  • POST PRODUCTION – the editing, colour and grading of the film
  • ORIGINALITY – the subject matter and creativity



Our judges bring a wealth of experience across the world of film and cinematography.

  • Jake Ratcliffe

    Jake Ratcliffe

    Technical Marketing Manager

    Jake is one of CVP’s resident team of technical experts and a self-confessed camera nerd who gets far too excited over kit! Often referred to as the face of CVP you will find him on the CVPTV YouTube channel testing and talking about the latest and greatest kit.

  • Ollie Kenchington

    Ollie Kenchington

    Award-winning Filmmaker, Editor and Colourist.

    Ollie runs award-winning brand film agency Korro Films and has been producing exceptional content for clients that have included Apple, Netflix, and many others. His colour work, through Just Grade It, has been featured by the BBC, Natural History Museum, and more. Ollie is also a BAFTA Connect member and ambassador for LitePanels and Calibrite.

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    Tania Freimuth

    Cinematographer of Narrative Fiction Film and an Experimental Filmmaker

    Tania is a cinematographer and photographer, with films streaming on Amazon Prime, BBC and NOW (Sky TV). As an educator and mentor, she supports and encourages new entrants to the industry. Her work has garnered recognition at BAFTA qualifying festivals, most notably a nomination at Underwire Film Festival for best cinematography.

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    Elisa Iannacone

    Cinematographer & Photographer

    Cinematographer, author and speaker Elisa has worked across six continents for outlets including BBC World, National Geographic and Newsweek. Her documentary and conflict work has informed her magical realist take on drama and art. Elisa also founded Reframe House media agency to shift views on social justice through multimedia.


SIM Winning Video
When filmmaker Daniel Simpkins was loaned some camera equipment for a few days, he had no idea he would use it to make an award winning film. Yet a few months later, he walked away with the Grand Prize in Canon's new UK short film competition.


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