Short Film of the Year Awards 2020 – How to participate

    Your Name (required)

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    My movie’s name is:

    My movie’s description (not more than 100 words)

    HOW IT WORKS: A 3 steps contest

    • The first step is to submit your film.
    • The next is to make the final cut, which will include the top 10 films and will be announced on December 20th 2020.
    • **Important note: 50% of your score for this first round  is based on the online views your entry gets. It is your job to promote your entry to earn online views. Therefore, the sooner you submit your film, the greater your chances are to make it to the final.
    • Then, of course, the ultimate step is to win the final.

     NB:The top 10, as well as the overall winner, will be selected by a panel of whitewater professionals and filmmakers. The judges call on round 1 and round 2 counts for 50% of your score. The other 50% are called upon online video views for round 1, and online votes for round 2.


    •  Your film must be under 5 minutes long. (intro and closing screen NOT included).
    • No sponsor logos
    • When your movie is ready, send us the file via dropbox, wetransfer or such… Once your movie has been approved, we will put it up online (youtube, vimeo and facebook).

    STEP 1: EN ROUTE TO THE FINAL CUT  (The top 10 movies)

    • Entry period: March 15th – Dec 1st 2020.
    • Panel Selection of Top 10 Films: December 1st – December 15th 2020.
    • Final Cut Announcement (Top 10 Finalists) : December 20th.

    **Reminder: 50% of the score is based on the online views your entry gets. It is your job to promote your entry to earn online views.

    Between December 20th  and the end of December, the jury & the public will vote for the top three short films of the year!!
    **Important note: 50% of the final score is based on online votes on kayaksession.com (The voting page will be published as the TOP 10 is announced)


    Important note: If your file is too big it will be hard to load and harder to score a lot of views. So try a good compromise between quality and viewing ease. It is also your responsibility to use music you have the right to).

    The top 10 entries will be asked to send a higher resolution movie for big screen viewing. Contest organizers – kayak session publishing – request the right to use, full length or part of the movies entered for promotion purposes.
    The winners will be announced at the end of December 2020.

    Contest judged by a panel of whitewater specialists and filmmakers. Criteria for selection are cinematography, editing, image quality, storytelling, creativity, and, of course, kayak performance.

    I would like to enter the Short Film of the year Awards 2020

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