The Guardian has announced its laptop film awards - and wants submissions.

"We want your iMovies," the newspaper declares. For the competition The Guardian has teamed up with Optimum Releasing film distributors and City Screen cinemas.

Entries will be judged by a panel including the Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, film editor Andrew Pulver, Guardian Unlimited film editor Xan Brooks, Optimum Releasing, and City Screen's programming director, Clare Binns.

The winning movie will be shown at a special event at a City Screen cinema in London. Excerpts of shortlisted films will be streamed on the Guardian Unlimited website.


Movies must be sent on DVD and must have been edited on a home computer using software such as iMovie. The minimum length for entries is ten minutes; there is no maximum running time.

"Though we are looking primarily for feature-length films (above 60 minutes), we are just as interested in promising and intriguing films at a shorter length. The competition is open to documentary and animation as well as live action," The Guardian said.

Movies must not be have an existing distribution deal but may already have been screened at a film festival.

The deadline is Monday September 5 2005.