Curious launches new short film prize for all budding filmmakers

Curious launches new short film prize for all budding filmmakers.

Submit your short film by 7th July for a chance to win cash prize and tickets to the Curious Arts Festival.

Publishers Notting Hill Editions and the eclectic Curious Arts Festival are delighted to announce the Notting Hill Editions Curious Film Essay Prize, which is open to everyone anyone with a smartphone.

Festival audience at Curious Arts Festival Filmmakers are invited to submit a short documentary film (no longer than ten minutes) on any subject they chose. The film should be exploratory, imaginative and instinctive rather than propositional and conclusive.

Judges are Matt Haig author of REASONS TO STAY ALIVE and the forthcoming HOW TO STOP TIME, Kim Kremer publisher of Notting Hill Editions and Nick Marston who heads up Cuba Productions and the Curtis Brown Film and TV department.

The winner will receive £500 and two tickets for the Curious Arts Festival. Nine runners up will receive two tickets each for the Curious Arts Festival. The ten chosen films will be shown at the festival.

The deadline for submission is 7th July 2017.

Further entry details can be found at or

Curious Arts Festival 2017The Notting Hill Editions Curious Short Film Essay Prize is a new addition the unique Curious Arts Festival programme which will unfold in the glorious grounds of Pylewell Park on the banks of the Solent this summer.

Back for a fourth year this cultural, creative, curious boutique festival for all family features comedy, music and a packed children’s programme. With life drawing, midnight bat walks and cocktail masterclasses, snail racing, poetry workshops, pop-up fine dining and even a cricket match no other festival offers anything like this dreamy, fun, eccentric and ultimately inimitable weekend.

Highlights on the music stage include the best of UK singer songwriter talent headlined by Tom Odell and Brit Critics Choice Award winner Izzy Bizu. This year’s Curious comedy offer will see Mock The Week’s hilarious Ed Byrne join Radio 4 regular Simon Evans, Paul Tonkinson, and Curious comedy favorites the lightening-quick sketch group The Noise Next Door amongst others.

curious arts lymington snail racingThe literary line up stars an unparalleled list of the most talked about and awarded authors of 2017 including legendary writer, film-maker and publisher Dave Eggers, prolific contemporary novelist Joanna Trollope, award winning journalist Lynn Barber and prize winners Eimear McBride (A GIRL IS A HALF FORMED THING, Bailey Prize) and Keggie Carew (DADLAND, Costa Award) to mention a few.

The kids programme promises a Jabberwocky Hunt, comedy from Howard Read, Breath of Life Puppetry workshops, Story Cures for children from Ella Berthoud and a series of events for budding writers and photographers with The Week Junior.

The festival will take place from 21st – 23rd July 2017. Tickets are now on sale at Tickets are priced at £128 weekend adult, £300 weekend family, £23 weekend child (5-13), £55 day adult, £20 day child (5-13).

Camping is FREE and extensive GLAMPING options are also available.

Find out more about the Curious line up for 2017.

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