Wednesday, 2 July 2014

EHOD Short Film Competition

Every year European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is celebrated across 50 regions within Europe, who participate in celebration of their individual region's local heritage and culture.

In Northern Ireland this popular event attracted over 68,000 visitors last year and is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), encouraging building owners to open their doors - last year over 400 sites and properties revealed rare and unique insights to our heritage and to our past.

This year for EHOD 2014, a new award will be piloted in association with Belfast Film Festival, especially for Northern Ireland’s raw talent in film-making, which offers a unique platform for amateur film makers to show their work.

To enter the competition, your film must meet the following brief criteria:

• The film’s subject matter must be concerned with Northern Ireland’s built heritage. Could you make a Horror movie in the 'Harbour Commissioners Office'? Or a Science fiction film in Carrickfergus Castle? Maybe a Romantic comedy in Ballywalter House? Or what about a silent comedy in Austins Department Store!*

• The film MUST qualify for a ‘Universal’ age group and therefore be family friendly e.g. no swearing, no exposures to violence on camera.

• The film must last no longer than 5 minutes, and be submitted in the appropriate format (see T&Cs).

• Prizes will be given for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor. The winning films will be screened as part of the EHOD Annual Thank You event on a day in November.

Therefore one or all of the collaborators must be available and able to travel to the venue on this date for the screening and to accept their prize.

• Any submissions made by film makers for the EHOD Prizes, must be open to their work being accessible and promoted as part of the EHOD 2014 weekend and for NIEA in the future, and utilised for social media and further promotions.

* Please note that these properties may not be available for filming. You can contact them directly if you would like to. If there are any properties in Northern Ireland you are interested in filming in, please contact us and we will help as much as we can. A full listing of NIEA sites can be found at:

For full Terms & Conditions click here.

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