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EQUAL: A Short Film Competition for Female Filmmakers, Brought To You By Procam and The Farm

Sunday 08th March 2020
female filmmaker short film competition

Procam, Europe’s largest digital cinematography hire facility, is partnering with multi-award winning post-production house The Farm Group, to launch a short film competition for female filmmakers, in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

The campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual, to promote and build a gender equal world. Within the film and television industry we continuously see gender inequality, despite efforts from campaign groups to fight this. The 2020 Oscars saw an all-male shortlist for Best Director, and in the 90+ year history of the Academy Awards, only five female filmmakers have ever been nominated in the category.

In support of women in the film and television industry, we would like to invite female filmmakers to pitch a short film of no more than 7 minutes, surrounding the theme EQUAL, as a nod to this year's campaign. Applicants can be as creative as they like with the theme, and the short should be produced using a well-balanced team with the aim to have an equal amount of male and female crew on the production.

To submit, you will need to:

  • Complete a short application form (see bottom of page) including a synopsis of your short film idea
  • Attach a drafted script (this needs to be mindful of the maximum running time of 7 minutes)
  • Email your entry to with any supporting material attached


  • A consultation at Procam, to discuss equipment and shooting requirements
  • 3 consecutive days of equipment hire from Procam, up to the value of £2,000
  • 1 Camera Assistant and Van for the 3 day shoot
  • 2 Day Film Finishing Package from The Farm Group (1 day sound design and 1 day colour grade) - please note the final cut needs to be provided by the competition winner, editing is not supplied
  • An intimate screening in London for family and friends


  • Applications need to be submitted by 12:00 on Thursday 30th April 2020.
  • The pitches will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, who will choose 1 winner
  • The winner will be notified by Friday 29th May 2020
  • The winning pitch will receive a film making package worth over £10,000, to help make their short film


  • The creativity and strength of the story and vision
  • The keeping to the theme: EQUAL
  • The viability of the project

THE RULES / Terms and conditions:

  • The competition is open to UK residents over the age of 18.
  • The applicant must identify as female, and fill the role of either producer or director on the short film.
  • The prize package can be used for the pitched short film only.
  • The script provided should be original, and the applicant must have full permissions for its use.
  • The short film produced should have a maximum running time of no more than 7 minutes including titles.
  • Entries are open from 09/03/2020.
  • The closing submission date is 30/04/2020 at 12:00.
  • The prize package is valid for one year. The short film must be filmed and edited before 29/05/2021.
  • The filming must take place across 3 consecutive days.
  • Any filming equipment and camera assistant is subject to availability and at the managers discretion.
  • To take advantage of the offer of a Camera Assistant and Crew Vehicle, filming must take place within the M25.
  • The applicant must supply their own public liability insurance, workers liability insurance, equipment hire insurance, risk assessment and call sheet.
  • The applicant is responsible for filling all crew roles for the production, except for the Camera Assistant, and should aim to have a gender balanced crew for the full duration of the production.
  • The responsibility of editing is with the applicant. To take advantage of the 2 day film finishing package from The Farm Group, the applicant must supply a locked picture prior to any sound design or colour grading work from The Farm.
  • If the equipment hire value exceeds the prize value, then the remaining cost shall be payable to Procam.
  • Procam and The Farm Group will be given a ‘thanks to’ credit on the final film.
  • The Short Film must not defame any person or entity, or be disparaging to any religion, race, or nation, or contain language that is lewd, obscene or inappropriate, or use any copyrights, images, marks, trademarks or logos for which the Entrant has not obtained permission for their use. Procam reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant who does not comply with the conditions set out in this clause.
  • By entering the competition, the applicant agrees to Procam’s Terms and Conditions of hire.
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