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Cannes in a van

For the last 6 years 'the four-wheel film festival', Cannes in a Van has been promoting independent films, animations, music videos and motion design through screenings at the heart of The Cannes Film Festival, straight from the back of a Ford Transit van. 

In 2012 The Van d'Or Awards took place at the Hackney House in East London with legendary film critic and all-round institution Barry Norman hosting the night, celebrating the work of talented emerging and established filmmakers from around Europe. The big winners on the night were the team behind Best Drama and overall Best Film ’82′, director Calum Macdiarmid and producers Jessica Turner and Alexei Slater. 

This year, 'Cannes in a Van: Film in Transit' continues to support and promote independent projects through special screenings, tours and regular monthly events both in the UK and Europe. With the help and resources of auto giants Ford, The Van d'Or Awards have been able to reach an international audience, championing work from all creative corners of Europe.

These awards are a celebration of everything that independent film stands for - passion, innovation and freedom of expression.





ENTER YOUR FILM: The Van d'Or Independent Film Awards (Powered by Ford) 


We’ve kept it simple…

There are 3 categories for entries:


All short film genres except music-based should be submitted in this category (ie. short fiction, animation, short documentary, motion design). Films should be under 20 mins in length.


Music promos & innovative / experimental work under 10 mins from new and established filmmakers. Entries must include a soundtrack which is at least 80% music-based and is the main audio focus of the work.


While Cannes in a Van generally concentrates on short film genres, The Van d’Or Awards introduces a new category recognising those milestones in independent film – The Feature. Films entered in this category must be between 30 – 120 minutes in length and can be any genre (ie. documentary, fiction, horror etc).



22 April Early-bird submissions open
(via Withoutabox & The Van d’Or Awards site)
12 June Early-bird submissions deadline
9 Aug Final submissions deadline

The awards categories are as follows:
The Van d’Or Award for Best Film (Short)
Best Feature-length Film
Best Director
Best Cinematography
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Comedy
Best Screenplay
Best Sound Design
Best Animation
Best Motion Design
Best Documentary
Shooting People Grass Roots Award
Screen Social award for Best Music-based film

Films of note which the judges feel deserve special mention will be awarded  an Un Certain Regard prize.


Enter your film here:

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