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About the competition

Following the success of the 2021 Sony Film Festival, Sony presents the Catchlight Film Festival to once again celebrate the best short-form filmmaking shot on Sony cameras across Australia and New Zealand. The Festival aims to encourage filmmakers at all levels, from passionate amateurs to industry veterans, showcasing the exceptional talent and abilities of cinematographers and filmmakers who are using the Sony system to capture their stories.  In 2022 we are excited to be able to shine a special spotlight on Student filmmakers, with a dedicated Student Fiction category.

In 2022, the Catchlight Film Festival includes four categories; Fiction (scripted), Non-Fiction (documentary), Student Fiction and Music Video, once again encouraging submissions from short filmmakers of all kinds. Building on Sony’s deep roots in the global film and television industry, and its technology leadership in digital imaging, the Catchlight Film Festival aims to support the vibrant and flourishing filmmaking community in Australia and New Zealand.

Competition Dates

Entries open at 12:00 PM AEDT on Thursday, 17th March 2022 and close for submissions at 11:59PM AEST on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.

Judging will commence on Monday, 20 June 2022, with all finalists notified from Monday, 18 July 2022. If finalists cannot be contacted by Monday, 25 July 2022 their entry will be deemed invalid and another finalist will be selected in their place.

Screening of the Film Festival is planned for late August.

Prizes

In partnership with our sister companies Sony Pictures Releasing, Sony Music, each category-winning film will be awarded with a unique experience specific to that category as well as a prize package of Sony digital imaging products.  In addition, thanks to the support of our partners at Atomos, Lemac and Videocraft, we are launching a set of special laurel awards that highlight exceptional cinematography, as well as the skillful use of Sony's native lens range, each with a valuable prize attached.

Fiction Winner
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
  • Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Sony Pictures Professional Development/Mentoring Session with a Senior Executive at Sony Pictures Releasing and a prominent Australian Producer
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
  • Some conditions apply, see T&Cs
Fiction Runner-Up
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
 
Non-Fiction Winner
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
  • Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Professional Development Session with a panel of industry professionals including the category judge.
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
  • Some conditions apply, see T&Cs
Non-Fiction Runner-Up
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
Music Video Winner
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
  • Up to 3 people from the production team will get the opportunity to work with the Sony Music team (and be credited on) visual content for a Sony Music emerging artist, subject to acceptance of terms (see T&Cs).
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
  • Some conditions apply, see T&Cs
Music Video Runner-Up
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
Student Fiction Winner
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
Student Fiction Runner Up
  • Screening & VIP tickets for the Sony Film Festival opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew.
  • Your placement will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and trophy denoting your prize.
Special Laurels
  • Best Cinematography in Fiction, supported by Videocraft
    • A $1000 rental gear package, courtesy of Videocraft
  • Best Cinematography in Non-Fiction, supported by Lemac
    • A $1000 rental gear package, courtesy of Lemac
  • Best Cinematography in Music Video, supported by Lemac
    • A $1000 rental gear package, courtesy of Lemac
  • Best Cinematography in Student Fiction, supported by Atomos
    • $2,500 worth of Atomos gear, courtesy of Atomos
  • Best Sony Lens Work
    • $3,000 worth of Sony lens/es

Fiction filmnarrative film, or fictional film is a film that tells an original (undocumented) fictional or fictionalized story, event or narrative.  A fictional film is wholly unique and is considered original by the production team. Lighting and camera movement, among other cinematic elements such sound and musical components, and visual editing, are deployed to create a cohesive fictional narrative and are considerations for judging in this category.

Any film content depicting real life people, events, or narratives, is considered Non-fiction and these films should be submitted into the Non-fiction category.

Non-fiction is any film that is presented as a depiction of real-life events, people, or narratives. Non-fiction (i.e documentary) content may be presented either objectively or subjectively, and can take the form of a story. Typical submissions for this category are documentary and mockumentary films.

Films that present information, events, or characters that are largely imaginary, or are fictionalisations of real events, are considered to be fiction and these films should be submitted into the Fiction category. 

music video is a short film which is shot and edited to a pre-existing piece of music. The use of cinematic elements such as camera movement, lighting, and editing, are deployed to support the piece of music.

There is no restriction on music genre, and purely instrumental work is also eligible for submission.

If the video is largely made of a narrative and only partially features an original song/musical score, consider submitting the film into the Fiction or Non-fiction categories.

Created to provide a platform to share the extraordinary work done by filmmakers who do not yet have the benefit of larger budgets and broader industry connections, the Student Fiction category is open to scripted films in which the Director, Cinematographer and Producer were all enrolled in a recognised tertiary education institution during the year in which the film was completed.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Catchlight Film Festival 2022
  2. Instructions on how to enter and the prizes form part of these terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”). By participating in this promotion (“Promotion”), entrants agree to accept and be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Entries must comply with these Terms and Conditions to be valid.
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  4. Entries are open to individuals who are Australian and New Zealand residents, and:
    1. entrants must be over the age of 18 at time of entry;
    2. employees of the Promoter and their immediate families are ineligible to enter;
    3. contractors of the Promoter in connection with digital imaging are ineligible to enter; and
    4. a maximum of one entry per person per category will be accepted.   The four categories for this promotion (each a “Category”) are Fiction, Non-Fiction, Music Video and Student Fiction.
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  6. Promotion commences at 12:00 PM AEDT on Thursday 17 March 2022 and closes for submissions at 11:59PM AEST on Wednesday, 15 June 2022. Judging will commence on Monday, 20 June 2022 with all finalists notified via email from Monday, 18 July 2022. Finalists and prize winners will be determined by the judges in their absolute discretion. If finalists cannot be contacted by Monday, 25 July 2022 their entry will be deemed invalid and the next best ranking entry or entries (as applicable) will be selected in their place, as determined by the judges or the Promoter in its absolute discretion. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the finalists and prize winners.
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  8. All dollar values in these Terms and Conditions refer to Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST. 
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  10. Prizes are:
    1. 4 x Category Prize Winners 
      • Fiction Winner
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
        • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
        • Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Sony Pictures Professional Development/Mentoring Session with a Senior Executive at Sony Pictures Releasing and a prominent Australian producer, with travel costs included.
      • Fiction Runner-Up
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
      • Non-Fiction Winner
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
        • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
        • Up to 3 people from the production team will receive a Professional Development Session with a panel of industry professionals including the category judge, with travel costs included.
      • Non-Fiction Runner-Up
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
      • Music Video Winner
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
        • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
        • Up to 3 people from the production team will receive the opportunity to work with the Sony Music team (and be credited on) visual content for a Sony Music emerging artist, relevant to your skills set and subject to acceptance of the terms set out in clause 12.
      • Music Video Runner-Up
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
      • Student Fiction Winner
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
        • A film-maker’s prize package containing $6000 worth of Sony digital imaging products.
      • Student Fiction Runner Up
        • Screening & VIP tickets for the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 opening night in Sydney for up to 5 people from the production crew (see clause 11).
    2. 4 x Cinematography Laurels, one per Category as follows:
      • The Cinematography Laurel winner in the Non-Fiction category will receive a $1000 rental equipment package, courtesy of Lemac Films Australia Pty Ltd (“Lemac”).
      • The Cinematography Laurel winner in the Fiction category will receive a $1000 rental equipment package, courtesy of Videocraft Australia Pty Ltd (“Videocraft”).
      • The Cinematography Laurel winner in the music video category will receive a $1000 rental equipment package, courtesy of Lemac.
      • The Cinematography Laurel winner in the Student category receives the following equipment, courtesy of Atomos Pty Ltd (“Atomos”);
        • 1x Ninja V+ Pro Kit
        • 1x AtomX 5″ Accessory Kit
        • 1x 500GB SSDmini
    3. 1 x Best Sony Lens Work Laurel, one per Category as follows:
      • The Best Sony Lens Work Laurel winner in each Category receives $3,000 worth of Sony lens gear from the Promoter.  
  11. Winners, runners up and finalists will be included in official Sony press-release/s and you will receive official graphics and a trophy denoting your prize.

    All winners will have a maximum period of 12 months from receipt of their prize voucher to select their Sony product/s to the corresponding retail value offered for their prize.
     
  12. To enter, individuals must:
    1. Read, understand, and complete the online entry form (“Online Entry Form”) located at www.sony.com.au/filmfestival.  At the time the Online Entry Form is submitted, individuals will receive an email from the Promoter, to confirm that their submission has been successful.
    2. Submit a link to the full entry, uploaded on Vimeo, Dropbox, or equivalent file sharing platform, along with any passwords required. 
    3. Own the rights and permissions to any sound & footage included in the work they submit and have obtained all necessary releases and express consent for identifiable persons featured in any footage. If it is found that the entrant has submitted any sound or footage that they do not own the rights to, their entry will be deemed invalid. The Promoter and/or its affiliates will not be liable for any legal action taken against such entrants by the rightful owner of the footage. In addition:
      • Submissions for the Music Video category must confirm that they have explicit permission from the rights holder to submit its entry.
      • No more than 20% of the total runtime of any submitted film should be stock footage.
    4. Give the Promoter and/or its affiliates permission to use the submitted film or any part of the submitted film, in any way for exhibition and/or promotional purposes in connection with the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 and future Catchlight Film Festivals. Where possible, such usage will include credit for director and cinematographer. Specifically:
      • a worldwide non-exclusive license to use the content of an individual’s entry, or any part of the content of the entry, in all media, for marketing and promotional purposes relating to Catchlight Film Festivals, for 24 months from the close of submissions for the 2022 Catchlight Film Festival (“Licence Period”).  Usage of finalists’ and winners’ films may be used in advertisements for the Licence Period in (but not limited to) online, promotional materials, in-store point of sale materials, news media, and social media; and
      • a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual license to publicly exhibit, the content of an individual’s entry, or any part of the content of the entry, at Catchlight Film Festival Exhibitions held domestically and internationally, as well as online.
    5. The Student Fiction Category is open to films in which the Director, Cinematographer and Producer were all enrolled in a recognised tertiary education institution during the year in which the film was completed.  Multiple roles may be filled by the same individual.
       
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  14. Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in any media for the Licence Period without remuneration or compensation for the purpose of promoting the Catchlight Film Festival 2022 and future Catchlight Film Festivals (including any outcome).
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  16.  Individuals whose submissions reach the final round of judging may be asked to provide:
    1.  a high-quality file of their entry, with feature runtime between 4 and 20 minutes. Footage under 1080p resolution, or suffering from heavy compression, may not be accepted as high resolution. If the individual is unable to provide a high-resolution version, their entry may be deemed invalid; and/or
    2. behind the scenes content showing the Sony camera gear in use and how the shoot took place, typically;
      1. a video of 2-3 minutes maximum, minimal production value required, and/or;
      2. a set production stills showing the camera and crew in action;
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  18. By entering the Promotion and accepting the Terms and Conditions, individuals are declaring that the entry submitted by them is their own original work, and they have legal authority to grant rights relating to that work. The Promoter reserves the right to require the entrant to verify that their entry is the entrant’s original work. If the Promoter is unable to verify that the entry is original work to its satisfaction, the entry will be deemed invalid. 
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  20. Entrants warrant that their entry is not in breach of any third party intellectual property rights, and agree to indemnify the Promoter and its associated agencies against all losses, damages, claims and costs by third parties arising out of, connected to, or resulting from, a breach of the warranty as set out in this clause 10.
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  22. Winners are entitled to the prize as outlined in these Terms and Conditions and are not entitled to any additional prizes or cash reimbursement to compensate for any difference in actual prize redemption cost and maximum value, or costs incurred in redeeming their prize.  Specifically, travel and accommodation costs are not covered unless specified. Prizes are non-transferable, non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash. No compensation is payable if a winner cannot receive any aspect of their prize for any reason.
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  24. The Music Video category prize includes the opportunity to take part in an ideation session with the Sony Music marketing team to create video content for a Sony Music artist with a total creative budget of up to A$10,000. Sony Music may decide, in its sole discretion, to engage the Music Video winner to contribute to the creation of the video content alongside Sony Music and third party creatives. In the event that the Music Video winner is engaged to contribute to the creation of the video content, the opportunity is conditional on: (i) Sony Music determining in its sole discretion what skill the Music Video winner will contribute to the creation of the video content; the Music Video winner entering into a written agreement with Sony Music and complying with all terms and conditions set out in that agreement; and the Music Video winner complying with all reasonable instructions and directions given by Sony Music in connection with any video content ideation and creation. For the avoidance of doubt, the artist and Sony Music shall have complete creative, artistic and technical control and approval over all elements of the video content.
    1. The Music Video winner is only entitled to the prize as outlined in this document and is not entitled to any additional prizing or cash reimbursement to compensate for any difference in actual prize redemption cost and maximum value. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash. No compensation is payable if the Music Video winner cannot receive any aspect of the prize for any reason.
    2. Each entrant fully releases Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd and Sony Music Entertainment New Zealand Ltd (individually and collectively referred to herein as “Sony Music”) from any loss or liability suffered by the entrant in connection with the running of the Promotion.

       
  25. Rental packages awarded to winners of Cinematography Laurels (pursuant to clause 5.b.) are governed by the rental terms & conditions of Lemac and Videocraft, and winners will need to enter into these rental terms and conditions to claim their prize. 
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  27. Any entrants that are unable to complete the entry process via the Online Entry Form can contact the Promoter by sending an email to sonyfilmfestival.SANZ@sony.com to arrange an alternative method of entry submission.
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  29. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and individuals (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. Verification is at the discretion of the Promoter, whose decision is final.
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  31. The Promoter’s decisions in relation to the Promotion (including but not limited to selection of finalists and prize winners) are final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost, or misdirected entries or other communications.
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  33. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entry in the event that the content of the film is gratuitous or is likely to bring Sony or the promotion into disrepute.
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  35. Errors and omissions may be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. The Promoter reserves its legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender.
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  37. If there is a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine the identity of the entrant.
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  39. If this Promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, pandemic, terrorism, war, state of emergency, computer virus or hacking, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law to disqualify any entrant, modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the Promotion, as appropriate, or amend these Terms and Conditions, unless to do so would be prohibited by law.
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  41. Any provision of these Terms and Conditions which is invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction is to be read down for the purpose of that jurisdiction, if possible, as to be valid and enforceable, and otherwise must be severed to the extent of the invalidity or unenforceability, without affecting the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions or affecting the validity or enforceability of that provision in any other jurisdiction.
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  43. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees set out in the Australian Consumer Law of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the State and Territories of Australia or, where relevant, the statutory consumer guarantees set out in the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (NZ) and the Fair Trading Act 1986 (NZ) in New Zealand (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”).. If the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth), Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (NZ) or any other legislation implies a condition, warranty or term into the Terms and Conditions or provides statutory guarantees in connection with these Terms and Conditions, in respect of goods and services supplied (if any), the Promoter’s liability for breach of such condition, warranty, or other term or guarantee is limited to (at the Promoter’s election), to the extent it is able to do so: (a) in the case of supply of goods, the Promoter doing any one or more of the following: (i) replacing the goods or supplying equivalent goods; (ii) repairing the goods; (iii) paying the cost of replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods; and/or (iv) paying the cost of having the goods repaired; or (b) in the case of supply of services, the Promoter doing either or both of the following: (i) supplying the services again; and/or (ii) paying the cost of having the services supplied again.
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  45. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence) including, but not limited to, in relation to any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the Promotion, including but not limited to: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any tax liability incurred by a entrant; or (e) taking/use of a prize.
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  47. The Promoter collects personal information ("PI") in order to conduct the promotion and may, for this purpose, disclose such PI to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers and prize suppliers. Entry is conditional on providing this PI. The Promoter will also use and handle PI as set out in its Privacy Policy, which can be viewed at https://www.sony.com.au/section/contactusprivacypolicy. In addition to any use that may be outlined in the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, the Promoter may, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise advised, use the PI for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the entrant. The Privacy Policy also contains information about how entrants may opt out, access, update or correct their PI, how entrants may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles, the New Zealand Information Privacy Principles, or any other applicable law and how those complaints will be dealt with. All entries become the property of the Promoter.
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  49. The Promoter is Sony Australia Limited (ABN 59 001 215 354) of Level 7, 73 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060.

Frequently Asked Questions

I want to insert stock footage for a scene. Can I do this?
Yes, this is acceptable however you must observe the 80/20 usage as outlined in the conditions of entry.
I want to use footage shot on a drone. Can I do this?
Yes, this is acceptable however you must observe the 80/20 usage as outlined in the conditions of entry.
I have a stop-motion animation film shot on a Sony camera. Can I submit this?
Yes, you can submit this as your entry. We recommend that you enter this under the Fiction category.
Does the submitted footage need to be shot on Sony lenses?
The Sony Film Festival has no requirement for make-of-lens used.
Will there be a screening of finalists and winners?
There is a planned screening event to take place in mid August 2022, however this is to be confirmed based on the pandemic situation at the time of judging.
Do I need to own a Sony camera, or can a I submit a film shot on a rented Sony camera?
You do not need to own a Sony camera to submit your film into the festival, but 80% or more of the film must be shot on Sony.

For the Behind the Scenes (BTS) footage, I have a combination of videos and still images, or predominantly stills. Can I use this for the BTS submission?
Yes, you can use a combination of stills and video for your BTS submission. Place your photos onto a video timeline and submit the exported video as a slideshow of your photos.
 
Can I submit footage that was shot on a Sony camera but recorded on an external recorder, such as the Atomos Ninja V?
For the purposes of our submission rules, we consider externally captured footage to be shot on a Sony camera.
Are there any restrictions on the age of my film being submitted for the Sony Film Festival?
The Sony Film Festival is looking for films which have completed production within the last two (2) years, and new original films. Leniency may be given to older films at judges’ discretion, however the film must be made available in a 4K master if the film is successfully shortlisted.
What kind of feedback can I expect to receive on my entry?
Unfortunately, due to staffing limitations and the quantity of entries we receive, we cannot provide detailed feedback for all entrants.  Films that reach the final round of judging may receive comments from the judges, at the judges’ discretion, but otherwise please expect to receive only confirmation of your submission status.
 
Please contact the Sony Digital Imaging Team by emailing sonyfilmfestival.SANZ@sony.com if you have any questions about the Film Festival.