A record breaking prize is to be awarded to the winner of the United Kingdom Emerging Talent Short Film Festival which will be held in Nottingham.

The festival will celebrate short films, documentaries and animation. The grand prize is the biggest in Europe at £8,000, with four other awards being given out including the Innovation award and Best Class Award.

Nottingham has never hosted a film festival of this size before. There are over 150 submissions from over 20 countries so far, with more expected to enter.

Thirty entries will be shortlisted and viewed at the festival by a panel of four industry professional judges. There is no age or budget limit, the film just has to be under 225 minutes and made after 1999.

“Having this festival will give local film makers the chance to show their work to a wide international audience”

Louis Nunn, vice-president of the Nottingham Trent University Film Society

Josh Hollyoak, a Nottingham Trent University film student, tells of how the Nottingham film scene needs something like this. “We already have the Young Creative Awards which is a really good opportunity for film makers.

“They always have different briefs which apply to different types of film makers, giving everyone an opportunity to enter.”

Hollyoak has always had a keen interest in films, but it was not sure that he wanted to pursue it. “My media teacher at sixth form inspired me to start making films after he saw potential in my work. If I did not have his guidance then I would not be where I am today.”

Louis Nunn, vice-president of the Nottingham Trent University Film Society, thinks the festival will make Nottingham the place to be. “The amazing international and local talent that show their creations is a testament to the motto ‘virtue outlives death’.

“Nottingham is full of history, and having this festival will give local film makers the chance to show their work to a wide international audience”.

If you want to be a part of the Film Festival or for more information then go to UKET website.