Latitude Announce Exciting Competition for Emerging Film Makers

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This year the incredibly successful Latitude festival is inviting film makers to create a short documentary piece exploring the event’s theme: Secrets & Lies and responds to Edward Snowdon’s famous comment “I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I speak to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship, is recorded.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of multi-award winning film-makers Callum McCrae, Director of “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka”Sarah McCarthy, Director of “The Dark Matter of Love” and Mark Donne, Director of “The UK Gold” – who will shortlist & commission two short documentaries which will be screened for the first time at the Film & Music Arena and introduced by Catherine Bray of Film 4 at the festival in July. The entry deadline is 28th April. The brief and submission information is all below.


In the modern era of Facebook, twitter, tumblr, online stalking; state & corporate surveillance; the silent capture of colossal levels of personal and private data, the surreptitious analysis and sale of our private thoughts, emotions, habits, pleasures, dislikes and political leanings, we call on film-makers to respond to one question: “What is Your Truth?”

We ask film-makers to meditate on themes such as: surveillance, underworld, personal, double lives, masks, brain/body, confession, social media, privacy, conspiracy theories, whistleblowing and individual perspective; and upon our own relationships with the truth and how the allure of secrecy could become embedded into our lives.

Short documentaries can be in any form: animated, docu-drama, investigative documentary, participative or observational documentary, but they must clearly respond to the brief as outlined.


Please send treatments (maximum 2 pages in length) to:

 Submissions must include:

·         Name, age and date of birth of Director.

·         Full contact details

·         A comprehensive outline (including narrative and style)of the short documentary you’d like to make

·         One paragraph on how you will technically realise the project (equipment, etc.)

·         One (final) paragraph on why you wish to make it


28th April – submissions closed.

9th May – winning treatments announced & commissioned.

2nd June – commissioned film-maker workshop/rushes review in Central London.

27th June – deadline for delivery of completed short documentaries.

18th July – premiere screenings and audience discussion in Film & Music Arena of Latitude Festival.

This is a great opportunity for Vada readers who have interests in multiple disciplines crossing music, film and arts. If you would like any further information on the brief or Latitude then please contact me on and the best of luck to those entering!

About Sean Ward

Design type pokemon, often found in tall grass at festivals covered in mud and neon paint. A strong obsession with tea, cocktails and Kate Bush. Sharing musical nuggets of goodness each week. @Sean_Ward93