How to enter

  1. Get inspired by the briefs
  2. Make an original film
  3. Submit your film by Aug 15

The ADCAN Awards are open to all unsigned filmmakers. You can enter alone or in a partnership/team. Just download the briefs and choose one that inspires you. Or multiple, you can enter any number of times. When you’ve made your films upload them here by 15th August 2017. Then pencil the 19th of October in your diary for the awards show in LA.

Download the briefs

Enter your details to download the ADCAN Awards brief pack. If you have any questions get in touch: We can't wait to see your films!

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The Charity Briefs



WERK for Peace was set up in response to the Pulse nightclub massacre. It uses dance as a form of activism, empowering the queer community to heal, express love and reclaim their space through movement. WERK needs a film to encourage donations to expand and hire staff and also to encourage more people to participate in this beautiful organization.



GA provides free solar panels to low-income homes. The benefit is three-fold. Families save 80% on their energy bills, renewable energy reduces reliance on harmful fossil fuels and people in need of opportunities are trained to install the panels providing employment. This brief asks you to convince sceptical Latino communities to take advantage of this unbelievable service.


Helen Bamber Foundation

HBF delivers a compassionate response to survivors of torture or extreme human cruelty. The world is in the grip of one of the worst forced displacement crises ever. Refugees and Asylum seekers are often reduced to numbers in the news. This brief invites you to challenge the way people see asylum and refugees with a surprising and provocative creative film.


fawcett society

It’s 100 years since women won the vote, but complete gender equality is still a long way off. The Fawcett Society works with politicians, academics and activists to push for equality in government, the workplace and even the internet. This film should celebrate 100 years of the vote but drive membership by reminding people there is important work yet to be done.



Over 30 million people in the US suffer with eating disorders. NEDA’s programmes focus on early intervention, raise awareness of the risks and ensure people receive the help they need to recover. This brief asks you to challenge the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding eating disorders so that more people feel comfortable reaching out for help.



Every year 18 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK. But at the same time 4.7 million Brits regularly go a whole day without food. City Harvest rescues fresh food going to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and wholesale and distributes it to London charities who feed the hungry. This film must raise the profile of CH and also raise much needed funds.


Deadline is August 15th 2017.
The shortlist will be announced at the start of September.
The awards show and winners workshops are on the 19th and 20th of October in LA.
If you have any questions we’d love to hear from you:


The ADCAN awards has been better than the two years of university I paid for.

Ezrael Alem, ADCAN award winner