A Film for the 20th Anniversary of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum

 Open call for filmmakers

We are announcing a filmmaking competition to celebrate 20 years of The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. We are looking for filmmakers to create short films which are inspired by either the collections of the museum or the films of Bill Douglas. There is a prize of £300 for the film judged to be the best submission and it will be shown at a reception to mark the museum’s anniversary on 2 November 2017.

The museum contains over 75,000 artefacts covering over 300 years of moving image history and is the premier film museum in the UK.  It was founded from the collection of legendary filmmaker Bill Douglas, a director dedicated to the power of the image.

You can find out more about us and our collections at our website www.bdcmuseum.org.uk. You can find out more about Bill Douglas at http://www.bdcmuseum.org.uk/about/ and you can access his films either on DVD distributed by the BFI or at http://player.bfi.org.uk/

The museum’s galleries in Exeter, are free and open every day from 10am to 5pm.


PS. For the academics amongst you, we are also currently offering a A PhD studentship to work on the Bill Douglas Working Papers, recently acquired by the museum. See more here.



The deadline for submissions is Friday 13 October 2017. Send to [email protected] and [email protected]

We would prefer the films to be new creations for the completion but can consider existing films if they very clearly fulfil the competition brief.

Films must be between 1 minute and 15 minutes in length.

Films must be accompanied by the following materials



A statement on the film and how it is inspired by The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum or the films of Bill Douglas (150 words max)

A synopsis of the film (150 words max).

Three promotional stills, including at least two images from the film.

A biography of the Director (150 words max).

Contact Details, including Name, Email, Telephone, Address

Country of Origin

Name of Director

Name of Producer



The competition is open to films of all kind, providing that they are inspired by Bill Douglas’ films or the Museums collection.

By submitting a film you are confirming that you have the right to submit and exhibit the submitted film.

You must have obtained all necessary permission for intellectual property within the film, including music and image licenses.

You will indemnify and hold harmless the screening organisation against all claims arising out of the exhibition and promotion of the submitted film.

Films must be no shorter than 1 minute and no longer than 15 minutes.

Films must be submitted digitally. We would suggest using Vimeo as a platform www.vimeo.com and allowing us to download the film.

Films must be provided at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080p.

Films must be .mov or .mp4 format and an H.264 of H.265 codec is preferred.

You may enter as many films as you wish.

There is only one prize.

There are no fees or payments relating to the screening of film(s) at the anniversary event, beyond the prize offered to the winning film.

If the original dialogue or text featured in the film is not in English, English subtitles are required.

The winner will be contacted by Monday the 30th of October at the latest.

The promotional images and information you provide may be used in publicity for the event.

We may use short excerpts from submitted films for promotional purposes related to the event.

These regulations are subject to change without prior notice, but we will always try and be fair.

You are happy for your details to be retained by the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum and Anniversary Event Associates.

Contact [email protected] and [email protected] for further details.

Entering a film implies you have read and agreed to these terms and conditions.



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