LUC Festival 2016 Submissions Coming from Literally All Over The World

LUC festival 2016 logo squareEntries to the fourth LUC Festival, which runs from the 11th to the 19th November, have been swooping in from all around the world. So far we’ve had nearly 400 short films, animations and features submitted from over 50 countries. Here is a map showing the intensity of entries from all around the globe using the medium of the colour blue. As you can see, Uganda is very much doing all the heavy lifting for Africa at the moment.

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Submissions are open until the End of September, so there is still plenty of time to get your masterpiece to us – there are four categories for submissions:

LUC Short Film Prize: £1000 for the best film under 15 minutes

LUC Short Animation Prize: £100 for the best animation under 10 minutes (FREE TO ENTER)

LUC 60 Seconds Max: £250 for the best film of 1 minute or less

LUC Fest 2016 Features: For the first time we are accepting feature submission for potential screening during the festival.

For full details on how to submit as well as the boring terms and conditions, head over to our page on Film Freeway or Fest Home.


LUC Festival 2016 – Call for film submissions

banner-cta_over_redThe terrifying wail of the bunker klaxon means that we’ve just ticked over into the main submission period for the LUC Festival 2016.

Now in our fourth year we have four categories for submissions, including features for the first time.

The impoverished bean counters in the accounting department are all too aware of how strapped for cash most filmmakers are, so we’ve kept the fees as low and the prizes as high as we can (with a maximum of £1000 up for grabs) to attract films from as many of you as possible.

We want to show original films that will entertain, move, perplex, surprise and even maybe outrage our audience. We will always favour something interesting and entertaining but a bit rough over something technically amazing but dull – but if you can manage both you could well be onto a winner.

To submit, head over to our page on the marvellous FilmFreeway site to get all the particulars and send us your masterwork. The standard deadline is August 31st and the late deadline will be September 30th.

The categories for submissions are:

LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2016: £1000 ($1500)


LUC 60 SECONDS MAX PRIZE 2016 : £250 ($375)







FILMMAKERS – Submit films to LUC to win up to £1000

LUC festival 2016 logo squareSubmissions are now open for this year’s LUC festival which will take place from the 11th to the 19th of November at venues all round the town.

The festival is made up of a programme of cool, non-mainstream features and shorts – which is why we need your entries.

This year we have prizes for the best short film under 15 minutes, the best sub 1-minute films and a FREE to enter prize for short animation. Also for the first time we are inviting feature submissions to be screened as part of the festival programme. The submission categories are:

  • LUC Short Film Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best short film (UNDER 15 MINUTES) The winner will also get £1000.
  • LUC 60 Seconds Max Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best film submitted with a maximum running time of one minute. The winner will also get £250.
  • LUC Short Animation Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best animated film (UNDER 10 MINUTES). The winner will also get £100.
  • LUC FESTIVAL FEATURES: For the first time we are accepting feature submissions (FOR FILMS OVER 45 MINUTES). Selected features will be screened during the festival.

There are low fees in place (with even cheaper earlybird prices for the first 2 months) for shorts, 1-minute films and features – but the animation prize is completely free to enter.

To send us your masterpiece head over to the LUC FESTIVAL 2016 page on film freeway and get submitting!

60 SECONDS MAX winner announced

Our elite judging panel have emerged from the adjudication room airlock and announced that the marvellous Blue Moon Cafe by Fin Mcmorran has been chosen as the winner of the first LUC 60 SECONDS MAX competition.

The winner and all the shortlisted entries will all be screened during the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival in November 2015.

Shortlist for our 60 SECONDS MAX film prize

LUC was delighted to receive a whole variety of sub 1-minute films for our first ever 60 SECONDS MAX competition. Our esteemed judging panel is busy working out which one should be crowned the winner. We’ll be announcing that on Sunday 26th July – and someone will win £250.

All of the films shortlisted will also be screened at the third Leamington Underground Cinema Festival which takes place from the 7th to 14th November at venues all around the town.

Here are the fifteen entries that made the shortlist:

Mr Snuggles submitted by Richard Anthony Dunford

Ode to the British Summer submitted by Sundeep Toor

Twistered submitted by Thomas Pickering

Blood Drinker submitted by JD King

Safety submitted by Iyinar Silambarason

Guide To Fetal Development submitted by Scott Willis

Blue Moon Cafe submitted by Fin McMorran

The Girl With The Red Balloons submitted by Timothee Corteggiani

Gammon Steak and Peas submitted by Samuel Lodato

Dry submitted by Ted Fisher

Drawing Hope submitted by Nikolai Jacobi

Short Lives in a Large Room submitted by Karlos Alustruey

Status Change submitted by Rajesh Naroth

Force by Phillip Whiteman

Morning Coffee by Tracy Miller-Robbins

60 SECONDS MAX Deadline extended to 10th July

60 seconds max flyer V2After receiving all manner of excuses and pleas for more time (“Main actor gone to prison, need to re-cast”, “The dog ate my camera” and “Liam Neeson isn’t available for filming until late June”), the benevolent adjudication panel is giving everyone an extra month to get their entries in for our 1-minute film contest.

The deadline is now Friday 10th July, so loads more time to craft your 60 seconds or less cinematic masterpiece. To enter submit your film via our page on the FilmFreeway website, it costs a couple of quid to enter and the best film will win a generous £250 prize as well as a trophy of some sort.

The ten best entries will be screened and the winner announced at an event on Saturday 25th July, details to follow soon…