THE GUIDE AWARD for THE BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM, in association with Portsmouth Film Society

Making Waves International Film Festival are proud to be hosting six short films by local filmmakers for this online competition.

With a £200 cash prize and a one-day RAINDANCE SATURDAY FILM SCHOOL on offer as a prize for the GUIDE AWARD BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM the competition has been tough and the judges at Portsmouth Film Society struggled to make a final shortlist. In the end, a decision was made, though the judges told us that “in the end, it came down to subtle details, we had to watch the films, again and again, to be able to make a final decision”.


Now all six shortlisted films are online for a public vote!


Which film do you think should go to THE GUIDE AWARDS and receive the prize for BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM?


This online competition will give you the opportunity to select the best film and the winner will be presented with their prize and trophy in January 2020 at THE GUIDE AWARDS, the celebration of local arts and culture hosted by THE NEWS.


Competition Entries

Delivery (2019)

Jon Small

Stripped Bare (2019)

Harvey Coombes

Family Night (2019)

Cristian-Ionut Necula

Guilt (2019)

Shenali Karunatilake

The Loft (2019)

Dominic Grose

Spit of a Common Man (2018)

Tim Faraday

About us

The partnership behind the GUIDE AWARD BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM came about after local filmmaker’s got together to collaborate on just one local short film competition for 2019. They explained, “it just seemed crazy that we were all doing the same thing, that we would be better off working together”. After a year of networking and negotiation, the three respective groups got together to launch a new format for the GUIDE AWARD BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM. They told us “this is all about the creative community coming together, supporting each other and championing Portsmouth as a creative city”.

Run in association with Portsmouth Film Society who have put up a cash prize of £200, organiser Aysegul Epengin told us “that after running Shorts Cuts short film competition for 11 years it made sense to pool resources and collaborate. It means we have more marketing, more support from the community and a more focused competition”. The competition itself will be run under the aegis of the MAKING WAVES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL which has now dedicated its short film category to support this new award. Trash Arts founder Sam Masson-Bell wanted “get everything under one umbrella so that we could take the short film competition to the next stage of its development, more films, better films and an amazing screening”.

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