Years running: 13 (since 2010)


The Cambridge International Student Film Festival.


The Watersprite International Student Film Festival going from strength to strenght each year is establishing itself as the world’s leading student film festival. The festival (formerly known as Cam*Era) is designed to celebrate student filmmaking from around the world, and is held annually at the University of Cambridge. Run entirely by university students, the festival provides a setting for young filmmakers and industry professionals to meet and establish bonds that last long after the festival closes.

Besides the official competition programme famous speakers from the worldwide film industry are invited to give talks and workshops.


Genre awards:

  • Best Animation,
  • Best Documentary,
  • Best Fiction,
  • Watersprite Film of the Year,
  • Watersprite Impact Award. 

Technical awards:

  • Best Directing,
  • Best Perfomance,
  • Best Cinematography,
  • Best Editing,
  • Best Production Design,
  • Best Screenplay,
  • Best Original Film Music,
  • Best Sound Editing.


  • All films must have completed production no earlier than January 2019.
  • All films must have a total running time of 20 minutes or less.
  • We will not accept more than two films from one entrant per year.
  • Every person eligible for a genre or technical award, must have been a student at the time of the film’s production, with the exception of  «Acting». Student is taken to mean those in, or having spent no more than a year as a graduate from, education. Proof of matriculation may be required in the case of query.
  • Resubmissions are not permitted.
  • Submission via Filmfreeway. 


Screening media type: DVD

Audio language: any

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Festival director: Miriam Hymer



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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 22, 2019
  • Deadline
    September 30, 2020
  • Notifications
    January 03, 2021
  • Event Dates
    5 — 7 March 2021
Categories & Fees

Fiction, Documentary and Animated films under 20 minutes.

  • Deadline — free
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