Are you an aspiring filmmaker?

Take Part in the Nikon European Film Festival

Whether you’re an enthusiast or a film professional, this is your chance to win the Grand Prix of a Nikon D810 film kit plus a trip to the Cannes Film Festival. Enter by submitting a short film of up to 140 seconds filmed in HD on any device.

Submissions closed on 1 February 2016 at 10 am CET. Judging takes place in March and winners in all prize categories will be announced in April.


Turning an everyday moment into a compelling narrative requires a level of observation native to good storytellers and filmmakers. It means seeing the ordinary with new eyes, reflecting daily life with a different perspective. What your story is about and how you tell it is up to you, but it must be clearly inspired by an everyday moment. It's as simple as that: pick a moment from daily life and go make a film. We want you to express your creativity, so our theme is simple and straightforward, letting you tell your story in your own style. We want to see how you can take the mundane and make it memorable on screen.


Five Fabulous Prize Packages, Five Categories of Excellence

There are four prizes awarded by the jury and one voted by you!

The Grand Prix winner will receive a Nikon D810 film kit and an all-expenses-paid networking
trip to the Cannes Film Festival 2016, as the special guest of Raindance.

The winners of the ‘Best Narrative’ and ‘Technical Excellence’ awards will both receive a Nikon D750
film kit and EUR 3,000 prize money, while the ‘Best Student Entry’ will receive a Nikon D750 film kit
and EUR 2,000 prize money.

The filmmaker behind the ‘People’s Choice’ award will receive a Nikon D750 film kit.

Best Story And Technical Excellence

Prize includes:
  • A Nikon D810 Film Kit
    • D810 Camera Body
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
    • ME-1 Stereo Microphone
  • An all-expenses-paid one-week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016 as a special guest of Raindance (T&Cs apply)

Our Nikon European Film Festival Jury

Asif Kapadia


Asif, our #NikonFF Chair of the Jury, has just won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards for his highly-acclaimed film AMY. His previous film, SENNA is the highest-grossing British documentary of all time and won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2011. Asif’s work explores the lives of outsiders, those characters who live in extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. He studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art and his first film, ‘The Sheep Thief’, was a short telling the story of a gifted street kid. His first feature, ‘The Warrior’, was shot in Rajasthan and won two BAFTA awards in 2003. Asif’s 2007 film ‘Far North’, shot in the arctic and based on a short story by Sara Maitland, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Elliot Grove

Founder, Raindance Film Festival

Canadian-born film producer Elliot is the founder of the Raindance Film Festival, which he set up in 1993 to celebrate the work of emerging talent in independent film. He followed this with the launch of the British Independent Film Awards in 1998 and Raindance.TV in 2007, Elliot has produced over 150 short films and five feature films. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and was completed for a total of just £278.38, and in 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead. Additionally, he teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America. Raindance has just celebrated its 23rd year as one of the world's leading independent film festivals.

Pieter Ten Hoopen

Emmy Award Nominated Filmmaker & Photographer

An international photographer and filmmaker based in Sweden, Pieter has won three World Press Photo Awards in the portraits and daily life categories and was recently nominated for an Emmy for his film ‘Hungry Horse: Legends of the Everyday’, a ten-year exploration of rural life in Montana. Peter travels around the world documenting the living conditions of minorities and the complex issues they face. His work has taken him to Colombia, Pakistan, Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and he maintains a balance of editorial assignments, personal projects and commercial shoots. Pieter’s wide range of prestigious clients includes The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde and Plan International.

Dirk Jasper

Product Manager - Professional Products, Nikon

After working as a pro photographer and studying photographical engineering, Dirk Jasper joined Nikon in 1999 as a product specialist for digital imaging products. Having held several positions in education, support, and training, he moved to Nikon Europe as a product manager for professional products in 2011. With his background in image creation, Dirk’s expertise lies in both the technical and storytelling aspects of moving images. Part of his current role is to drive development of hybrid solutions that answer the demands of stills photographers, videographers and the broadcast industry alike. Dirk has become more deeply involved in the video and broadcast aspects of Nikon products since the introduction of the world’s first HD video DSLR, the Nikon D90.