We're open for submissions from 1st December 2023 and currently have five categories you can submit to:
Rising Spirit award: Best micro-budget feature film - Over 60 minutes in length, under £150k in production budget
Rising Spirit award: Best micro-budget short film - Under 30 minutes in length, under £3k in production budget
Independent Spirit award: Best feature film - Over 60 minutes in length, over £150k in production budget
Independent Spirit award: Best short film: Under 30 minutes in length, over £3k in production budget
Emerging Spirit Script to Screen competition: Scripts up to 12 pages in length, must be based or able to be shot in the Yorkshire region (opens 1st February 2023).
Our selection process involves a number of stages designed to ensure impartiality but also to ensure that each film selected has gone through a balanced approachto agreeing on the final lineup.
Films are watched
by a minimum of two people from the programming team
Films are considered and marked using considerations such as technical achievement, originality and story
Films are discussed between members of the programming team and festival directors
Films are looked it in relation to the overall proposed programme, considering consistency of themes, tone and genre variety
Decisions are made on the lineup and a draft schedule is drawn up to confirm running order