Copernicus Film Festival
- Best Narrative Short
- Best Doc Short
- Best Animation Short
- Best Music Video
- Best Experimental Short
- Jury Awards
- Honorable Mentions
- Participants must be under the age of 20.
- All languages are accepted, with mandatory English subtitles for non-English films.
- Film length must not exceed 20 minutes for all categories.
- Entry fees are non-refundable, and participants may submit to multiple categories.
- Event dates are subject to reasonable change.
- Films must be made in 2021 or later.
- Open Entry: The workshops at the Copernicus Film Festival are open to everyone interested. Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker or someone just starting out, our doors are wide open.
- Registration is Mandatory: To secure a spot in any workshop, participants must register on our official website. It’s essential to complete this step for a seamless experience and to avail all the resources and benefits the festival offers.
- Script Breakdown: Understand the components of a script, from scene transitions to character nuances.
- Budgeting: Learn to make the most of your resources, no matter how limited.
- Scheduling: Organize your shoot days to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.
- Casting: How to choose the right actors for your roles and conduct a productive casting call.
- Camera Operations: Master the basics of camera functions, angles, movements, and shot compositions.
- Lighting Techniques: Discover how to utilize natural and artificial lighting to achieve desired moods and effects.
- Sound Recording: Understand the essentials of capturing clear audio on set.
- Directing: Learn the basics of guiding actors and crew to achieve your vision.
- Editing: Get acquainted with cutting and arranging footage to craft a compelling story.
- Sound Design: Dive into the world of audio post-production, from foley to background scores.
- Color Grading: Enhance your film’s visuals by understanding the nuances of color correction and grading.
- Distribution: Introduction to platforms and strategies to get your film in front of audiences.
Duration: 3 hours
Instructors: A mix of experienced filmmakers and guest industry professionals.
Eligibility: Open to all festival participants under the age of 20. No prior experience necessary.
- Structure:Delve into the classic three-act structure, plot points, and narrative arcs.
- Theme & Genre: Understand the significance of a central theme and how to effectively utilize genres.
- Character Development:Create memorable characters with depth, motivations, and arcs.
- Dialogue:Learn how to write authentic, engaging dialogue that propels your story forward.
- Setting & Description: Paint vivid images with words to guide production design and direction.
- Tension & Conflict:Drive your narrative with compelling stakes and obstacles.
- Subtext & Symbolism: Dive into the deeper layers of storytelling.
- Adaptation:Understand the nuances of adapting stories from other mediums into screenplays.
- Rewriting & Polishing:Refine your script, focusing on pacing, transitions, and clarity.
Duration: 3 hours
Instructors: Renowned screenwriters and industry professionals.
Eligibility: Open to all festival participants under the age of 20. Both new and experienced writers are welcome.
- Script Analysis: Decode scripts for thematic elements, character arcs, and subtext.
- Visual Storytelling: Understand the art of conveying narrative through cinematography and mise-en-scène.
- Tone & Style: Determine the mood of your film and the stylistic approach to achieve it.
- Directing Actors: Grasp techniques to elicit compelling performances and cultivate on-set chemistry.
- Collaboration: Learn how to communicate your vision to the cinematographer, production designer, and other department heads.
- Casting: The art of finding the perfect face for every role and conducting effective auditions.
- Scene Blocking: Strategize the movement and placement of actors and camera for dynamic scenes.
- Problem-solving: Address challenges on set, from technical glitches to unexpected changes.
- Pace & Rhythm: Understand the importance of pacing in scenes and throughout the film’s entirety.
Duration: 3 hours
Instructors: Visionary directors and industry veterans.
Eligibility: Open to all festival participants under the age of 20. Both budding and intermediate directors are welcome.
- For Film Entrants: If you have a film that you’d like to compete with, you’re in the right place! Your film is your ticket to the competition.
- Uploading Your Film: Ensure you upload your masterpiece to our designated FilmFreeway link. This will officially enter your film into the competition, making it eligible for viewing, judging, and potential awards.
- Mandatory Submission: Remember, simply registering on our website does not automatically enter your film into the competition. The FilmFreeway submission is a crucial step.