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Sony awards for filmmakers now open

The 2014 Sony PROduction Awards are now open for entries, offering filmmakers from around the world the chance to showcase their talents.

The competition gives students, professionals and amateur film enthusiasts the opportunity to build industry recognition and win the latest technology from Sony, including Sony’s NEX-FS700RH 4K Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor NXCAM camcorder.

Entrants are invited to create or share an existing film of up to five minutes and submit it to the Sony PROduction Awards site under one of the three categories: Factual, Creative or Student. In the Student classification, entrants are invited to submit a creative or factual film, but will be judged among their peers.

All qualifying films submitted will be uploaded to the Sony PROduction Awards Arena, where the public will be able to view them and vote for their favourite.

Entrants have until 10 March 2014 to submit their films, at which point voting opens. Voting will close on 7 April 2014 and the five most popular entries in each category will be judged by Sony’s panel of industry experts to pick three winners, one from each category.

Sony says that because the PROduction Awards are a celebration of creativity and technical ability, the entries will be judged on how well the content is shot given the equipment used, whether it’s a high-end 35mm cinematic camera or a smartphone. The judges will also factor in the creativity of each submission and how engaging the idea, content, cinematography, direction and production are.

As well as getting a Sony NEX-FS700RH, the winner in the Student category will also gain access to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, where they will have the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facilities.

Olivier Bovis, Head of AV Media, Sony Europe, says: “We are looking forward to one of the most competitive Sony PROduction Awards yet as we welcome participants from every corner of the globe. 

More information about the Sony PROduction Awards and how to submit entries, can be found at the award website.