Creo is pleased to announce the judges for the inaugural edition of Sony Future Filmmaker awards; a major new annual short film program that will provide a gateway for short film development creative excellence and free for everyone.
Chaired by the award-winning director Justin ChadwickThis year’s jury consists of leading and celebrated figures in the film industry, including: Nicole Brown, President of TriStar Pictures; Jeremy Barbier, Partners, Film Literature and Talent, United Talent Agency; and Mr Roger A Deakins, Academy award-winning cinematographer.
Justin Chadwick, award-winning theatre, television and film director and Jury Chairmansays: ‘I’m honored to chair this panel of high-level individuals and I look forward to working with my fellow judges to discover new talent from around the world. It was through the medium of short films that I made my directorial debut and began to receive recognition for my work, and I am excited by the unique opportunities this new awards program offers young and aspiring filmmakers.’
AFurther details on the three-day workshops, screenings and panels will also be announced by Sony Pictures executives. This extraordinary opportunity features winners and shortlist Filmmakers get exclusive access and unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the industry through first-hand knowledge of the crucial phases of the film-making process – from the first pitch to casting, editing and theatrical release.
Josh Greenstein, President of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group says: “The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is an exciting new initiative to support new talent from around the world. Sony Pictures looks forward to welcoming winners and shortlisted creators to the studio campus here in Culver City, California, where they can gain a new understanding of the business through our carefully curated workshop program led by our roster of experts, to help you take the next steps in your filmmaking career.’
The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards ceremony will take place on 22 February 2023 in the cary Grant Theater on the historic Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California. Thirty shortlisted
Filmmakers will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the ceremony and workshop program. winner from six categories will be announced that evening and rewarded with cash prizes and a variety of prizes Sony digital imaging equipment.
Justin Chadwick is an award-winning British theatre, television and film director. He is best known for critically acclaimed films including Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013), nominated by AFI and IFTA the other Boleyn girl (2008); tulip fever (2017) and The first year (2010). His films have won numerous awards including the Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, both the Best Director’s Choice and Audience Choice Awards at the Sedona Film Festival and Best Feature Film at the Palm Beach Film Festival 2010. His award-winning short films include Young (2011), Shakespeare short films (1996) and family style (1993).
Nicole Brown is President of TriStar Pictures. Her oversight of Sony Pictures’ specialty label includes all film development and production. In 2019, Brown was named executive director of TriStar Pictures, making her the first black woman to lead a live-action label in a major studio. Brown was instrumental in securing several major deals and overseeing projects for the studio, including the critically acclaimed Gina Prince-Bythewood The Woman King, with Viola Davis. The film opened in theaters on September 16, 2022 and has grossed over $75 million worldwide to date. The eagerly awaited musical biopic “Whitney Houston” will be released for the label shortly. I want to dance with someoneand Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, a partnership with Netflix based on the award-winning West End musical. During her time at TriStar, Brown has overseen films such as Marielle Heller’s Oscar-nominated film A nice day in the neighborhood with Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers; Happiest Season, which was licensed by Hulu in the US and took the number one spot on the streamer as the LGBTQ+ romantic comedy was the most-watched film of all acquired and Hulu Original films over its opening weekend; Edgar Wright’s breakout hit baby driver; The sequel by Danny Boyle train spotting; Jodie Fosters money monster with George Clooney and Julia Roberts; and Jonathan Demmes Ricky and the Flash with Meryl Streep.
Jeremy Barbier is a partner in the film literature and talent departments at United Talent Agents (UTA). Before UTA, Barber helped found and was president of Catch 23 and Catch 23 UNITED KINGDOM. During his tenure, Barber executive produced One hour photo and King’s Ransom. hairdresser was also head of production and procurement at Artisan Entertainment, where he oversaw films such as Requiem for a Dream, The Blair Witch Project and Buena Vista Social Club. Barber began his Entertainment career as a lawyer at Loeb & Loeb. Before Hollywood, Barber had a career in Politics, where he worked on the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign, for Congressman Chuck Schumer, Senator Herb Kohl and at Bill Clinton’s Chicago Convention. Barber served on: the Georgetown University Law School Visitors Committee, Esteemed Telluride Film Festival Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of The People Concern, the Advisory Board of UTA and the Leadership Council of Campbell Hall Advancement Committee and served as the board chair of the UCLA Lab School – where he is now retired. Jeremy has a law degree from Georgetown University and a MA and BA from Cambridge University. He is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sir Roger A Deakins is one of today’s most honored cinematographers, known for his extensive and diverse body of work. He was nominated for an Oscar 15 times and won twice Bladerunner 2049 (2017) and 1917 (2019). His other Oscar nominations include: Denis Villeneuves
sicario (2015); The Coen brothers Fargo (1996), Oh brother where are you? (2000) and No country for old men (2007); Frank Darabons The Shawshank Redemption (1994); Martin Scorsese kundun (1997); and Sam Mendes’ skyfall (2012,) among others. Deakin’s numerous awards include five BAFTAs, five American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), seven British Society of Cinematographers (BSC), two Independent Spirit Awards and numerous Critics’ Awards. He has also received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the ASC, the BSC, and the National Board of Review. In 2013 Roger Deakins was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and knighted in 2021, becoming the only cinematographer to have received both awards. Sir Roger Deakins has also recently published a book entitled ‘Silent Photography’ BYWAYS (published by Damiani) and reveals another side of his visual talent.
SONY PICTURES WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Also announced today is a list of topics to be covered in three-day workshops, panels and demonstrations (February 23-25, 2023) led by Sony Pictures executives and held on Sony Pictures Studio premises. The program is specifically tailored to support filmmakers’ career advancement and represents a unique opportunity for all 30 winning and shortlisted creators to gain the necessary insight into the film business and key departments of a major film studio. The full program includes:
The pitching process theater marketing
Casting & Talent Sony Pictures Classics
Production: Physical and post-playstation productions
Filmmaker Process Business Affairs
Editing – CGI/VFX Sony Innovation Studios
Sound and Sound Mixing Acquisitions
Film Music & Music Rights Sony 3000 Pictures
In addition to the workshop program, the six category winners will also receive exclusive access to Sony’s state-of-the-art Digital Media Production Center (DMPC), a unique resource for all things cutting-edge technology and end-to-end production, where they will learn operate their newfound Sony gear in a live and virtual production environment.
COMPETITION CLOSES 2023 AND PRIZES:
The first edition of the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards opened on July 26, 2022. It comprises six categories in three competitions:
filmmakers Competition with three categories: fiction, nonfiction and Surroundings. The Environment category is conducted in partnership with Sony Pictures Television’s Picture This initiative, which champions creativity that communicates a positive future for the planet.
Student filmmaker Competition with two categories: fiction, nonfiction.
future format Competition that includes a changing technical briefing each year. For 2023, filmmakers are asked to submit entries shot exclusively on a smartphone.
For full contest and category descriptions and requirements, go to www.sonyfuturefilmmakerawards.com.
The deadline for all entries is 13 December 2022 at 07:00 (CT).