Once again we are offering some spectacular awards and prizes for filmmakers who explore the theme of ‘faith’. The awards will be presented at the Festival on Sunday 17th March in an Awards Ceremony.
OUR CELEBRITY JUDGING PANEL INCLUDES:
TINA GHAVARI – Filmmaker. The Real King of South Shields,Closer, I Am Nasrine.
GARY KURTZ – American film producer American Graffiti, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Backand Dark Crystal and Return to Oz.
PETER MALONE– SIGNIS film reviewer.
HENRY R. SWINDELL, BBC New Writing Manager working out of Salford and across the north of England, overseeing writer development, talent partnerships and development projects.
NEV PIERCE – Editor-at-Large at Empire Magazine.
DAVID WEISS – American Screenwriter All Dogs go to Heaven, The Rugrats Movie, Shrek 2, Clockstoppers, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
THE INSIGHT BEST IN FESTIVAL AWARD
The Judging Panel will select one film in the festival to receive this prestigious award.
This is our prestigious Best in Festival Award. It may be granted to any film in any category. Films must explore the subject of faith, and may be up to 30 minutes in length.
THE INSIGHT AWARD
The winner will be offered a place on the Summer Workshop at the EICAR Film & Television School in Paris in 2013.
This award is granted to a young filmmaker aged between 18 and 25, and the prize is designed to contribute to the development of their film career. The winner of this award will spend three weeks in Paris taking part in a summer filmmaking workshop. For further information about EICAR see www.eicar.fr.Insight will cover basic accommodation and travelling expenses.
To be eligible for this award the filmmaker must be aged beween 18 and 25 on 15th March 2013. Films must explore faith and be no more than 30 minutes in length. Filmmakers aged over 25 may nominate an individual member of their production team who are within the age boundary, provided they have played a significant role in the production.
THE COEXIST AWARD
In keeping with its work and philosophy, the Coexist Foundation offers an award to a film which ‘unites belief’.The winning filmmaker will receive a £1000 cash prize.
The Coexist Foundation, principal associate with the Insight Festival, is an interfaith organisation working to promote, encourage and support engagement between Muslims, Jews and Christians. The organisation embraces the shared history and common ground of the three faith groups and works to educate the wider world about the faiths and their commonalities. To be eligible for this award you must be aged 18 or over on March 15th 2013 and have created a film which the Insight Festival Jury feel explores the theme of ‘uniting belief’. Maximum length for films is 30 minutes.
For more information on the Coexist Foundation and its work please see www.coexistfoundation.net
THE SIGNIS AWARD
SIGNIS are offering a money-can’t-buy prize for a filmmaker who meets their brief of ‘exploring human values’.
It is hoped that the award winner will be able to be part of a SIGNIS Jury at the Religion Today Festival in Trento, Italy
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for those looking to expand their horizons, develop their career and network within the filmmaking community.
SIGNIS is the World Catholic Association for Communication and works to bring together professionals from the world of creative media across 100 countries. SIGNIS’ mission is to ‘engage with media professionals and support Catholic Communicators to help transform our cultures by promoting human dignity, justice and reconciliation.’Maximum length for films is 30 minutes.
For more information about SIGNIS please see www.signis.net.
THE GREENBELT AWARD
Greenbelt is an annual music and arts festival which explores faith and culture. Now in its 39th year, Greenbelt is offering an award for a 5 minute film which explores the themes of ‘faith’ and ‘festival’.
The winner of the Greenbelt Award will have their film screened at The Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina, USA, Solas Festival in Scotland, and at Greenbelt 2013. The winner will also receive tickets to attend Greenbelt 2013.To be eligible for this award you must have created a film which the Jury feel explores the themes of ‘faith’ and ‘festival’. Films must be no more than 5 minutes in length.
RADICAL MIDDLE WAY
The Convivencia Award
The Radical Middle Way is proud to present The Convivencia Award to the film that best explores the theme of encounter and engagement – between faiths, peoples or radically different points-of-view. The judges for this award are not necessarily looking for films that resolve conflict, but for films that are not afraid to go to the places where conflict happens and explore how some kind of understanding and common humanity are found.
RADICAL MIDDLE WAY
The Moustapha Akkad Award
The Radical Middle Way is proud to present The Moustapha Akkad Award to the film that best explores the Islamic faith or the Muslim experience, with a particular focus on contemporary or modern experience of living with or dealing with faith. Whether it is spirituality, faith or identity, contemporary Muslim experience is diverse, rich and at times controversial. This award celebrates the film that best captures, explores and delves into that experience. The winning entry will be sensitive, challenging and ask difficult questions.
The award is given in honour of the visionary Syrian-born director and filmmaker Moustapha Akkad, whose films The Message, chronicling the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and The Lion of the Desert, which told the story of Libyan resistance leader Omar Mukhtar, transformed the way in which cinema-going audiences around the world saw Islam and Muslim history. He was murdered in 2005 during a terrorist attack in Amman, Jordan.
The Rationalist Association presents the Rationalist Award at the Insight Festival, for a film which shows an outstanding contribution to reason and free thought.
The Rationalist Association is a charity registered in the UK which promotes reason and evidence in the understanding of life, and a humanist outlook. The Rationalist Association was formed as a charity in 2002 to continue the work of the Rationalist Press Association (RPA), a free thinking secular publisher for over 100 years.
These are occasionally awarded during the Festival event in Manchester. One award will be selected by students attending the Insight Festival Education Day.
Many of our shortlisted films are requested by a growing number of film festivals across the world and Insight also arranges a number of screenings and seminars throughout the year. Following the 3rd Insight Festival, some shortlisted films were screened in New York and London