Got a short film just waiting to be discovered?

The IMDb New Filmmaker Award is designed to promote emerging talent and is open to anyone who has a short film between 1 and 10 minutes and with no previous distribution.

The prize is £1000 cash (to go towards making your next film) as well as the much sought-after IMDb New Filmmaker Award itself. On top of that you will receive an extremely rare IMDb enamel badge and your film will get its very own page on IMDb. Winners will also receive £1000 worth of hire kit from Visual Impact (hire kits is only really available to UK based filmmakers).

The IMDb New Filmmaker Award final is one of the highlights of FilmBath’s year. We screen a shortlist of the best five films in front of a panel of superb industry judges – some of our previous judges include:

  • Col Needham – CEO of IMDb (always!)
  • Philippa Lowethorpe – director (Three Girls, The Crown, Swallows & Amazons etc)
  • James Bobin – director (The Muppets, Dora and the Lost City of Gold etc)
  • Elizabeth Karlsen – producer (Carol, Colette, Made in Dagenham etc)
  • Otto Bathurst – director (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders, Robin Hood etc)
  • Rebecca O’Brien, producer (I, Daniel Blake, You Were Never Really Here etc)
  • Jonathan Hyde – actor (Titanic, The Mummy, Jumanji etc)

If you have a script for a short film and you would like £5,000 cash and £1,000-worth of hire kit to make it, then please have a look at the IMDb Scrip to Screen Award here.

Read the rules about the IMDb New Filmmaker Award Rules here.


  • Earlybird – April 2 2020
  • Regular – Aug 6 2020
  • Late – Aug 27 2020