National Open Art Moving Image & Short Film Competition

Shoot to thrill – could you be the next NOA Moving Image Category winner?


The deadline for entries for the 21st National Open Art Competition is fast approaching! Submit your short film work by Sunday 23rd July to be in with a chance of winning one of our fabulous prizes plus exhibition and career progression opportunities.


For the third year running the National Open Art Competition is looking for the best short filmmakers to enter their works into our Moving Image category. No other open art competition represents moving image and short film like we do. Entrants will be in with a chance of winning the top category prize of £1,000, one of our main competition prizes of up to £8,000, or a highly-commended accolade. All prize-winning and highly-commended works will also be exhibited within the dedicated moving image space at our main exhibition at the London Oxo Tower's Bargehouse in November 2017.


Submit your work today, or find out more about the competition below.



The Judges


This year’s dedicated Moving Image judging panel consists of Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward. Elaine has had an illustrious career in the Film and TV industry, as Channel Director for Sky Atlantic HD, Head of Drama at Sky and more recently as an executive producer at New Pictures. Adam is an award-winning commercial and music video producer, having produced iconic videos for The Spice Girls, Texas, George Michael (RIP), Robbie Williams, and many other artists. He has also been responsible for launching the careers of a number of highly respected directors. Find out more about our judges here.


Entry Criteria


The competition is open to short films of all production techniques, including documentary, drama, animation, experimental or artist film. Entries can be of any subject and must be no longer than three minutes in length including front titles (no credits please, please submit a separate CV). All work must comply with NOA's full terms and conditions and needs to be uploaded by the deadline. Click here for full details on how to enter.


The Exhibition


This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf in November (17th - 26th) where the prizewinners will be announced. The 500 shortlisted entries from the whole competition will be entered into the World Art Vote, as well as being offered for sale through NOA's website galleries and from the artists’ profile pages. The National Open Art Children's Competition is also accepting entries from all children up to the age of 14.


The deadline for entries is midnight on 23 July extended from 9 July 2017. You can enter up to four of your works at a cost of £20 per adult entry, and £12 for students and young people aged 15-23. All moving image works need to be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.


As well as moving image works, the competition accepts paintings, drawings, original print, wall hung installations, digital art, and photography. The total £60,000 prize fund is generously donated by sponsors, patrons, and individuals. As a not for profit organization, we are proud that all proceeds directly contribute to funding some of the prizes and the exhibition itself, which is offered to the public with free admission.

Finalists will be announced in late September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition open from 17 - 26 November 2017.


Click here to enter the competition today.

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The Arts Club
World First
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Cass Art
Artists' Collecting Society


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Chessington World of Adventures Resort


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Be Smart About Art
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