2018 IWM Short Film Festival

Spring Films is delighted to be taking part again in the 2018 IWM Short Film Festival.

IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and moving films inspired by IWM’s collections and role – to explore the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, and its impact on people’s lives.

With submissions now open for IWM Short Film Festival 2018 the search is on for the most creative and challenging films responding to past and contemporary conflict. IWM is inviting everyone, including professionals, amateurs and students from across the world, to enter their short films into this prestigious competition.

Films will be judged in two categories Best Documentary and Best Creative Response, with four additional awards for IWM Special Category: Making a New World, Best Student Film, Best Use of IWM Archive and Audience Vote Award. The focus of the Special Category is Making a New World, a new IWM season launching in 2018. This special category encourages creative responses exploring how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

New for 2018, filmmakers entering IWM Short Film Festival can use up to five films, five photographs and three audio recordings from IWM archives free of charge.

Deadline for entries is Friday 27 April 2018.

IWM will announce the Festival programme, made up of the most significant and inspirational films, as selected by a panel of expert judges in autumn 2018. The screenings of the shortlisted films will take place at IWM London in October 2018.

For more information about IWM Short Film Festival 2018 and requirements for submissions visit their website.

Award of Excellence

'Where the Wind Blew' has just received an Award of Excellence Special Mention at the Impact Doc Awards

'Andre Singer (UK) – Where the Wind Blew – Emmy and Peabody Award winner Singer delivers a superb account of the Cold War super powers’ forty years of developing nuclear weapons while sacrificing their own citizens in the name of national security. Using archive and testimony, this harrowing story is told through the victims affected by nuclear bomb testing.'

Impact Doc Awards

Live at the Apollo

André Singer and Simon Schama discuss André's film Night Will Fall at the Apollo Theatre for Holocaust Memorial Day - organised by JRoots.

© JRoots.org & Blake-Ezra Photography


André is in Hungary this week at the Budapest International Documentary Festival to give a documentary masterclass and a screening of 'Where the Wind Blew' and 'The Act of Killing'.

Get yourself a ticket if you are in Buda or Pest...

BIDF Masterclass

Werner Herzog to receive the Coolidge Award

This year, Werner Herzog is being honored in person at the Coolidge for their annual “Coolidge Award.”

The Coolidge Award is a celebration honoring a film artist whose body of work is recognized as consistently original and challenging. The category from which the recipient is chosen rotates to reflect the broad range of film arts championed by the Coolidge Corner Theatre throughout its history.

Past recipients of the Coolidge Award include actors Meryl Streep and Viggo Mortensen, directors Jonathan Demme and Zhang Yimou, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and editor Thelma Schoonmaker.

The event includes an afternoon screening of a film chosen by the honoree and Werner will be showing INTO THE INFERNO. He will introduce the screening and answer audience questions afterwards.

This will be at the Coolidge Corner Theater on FEBRUARY 8, 2018.

Wow! Canvey Overnights

Spring Films and Eye Witness Films "Canvey: The Promised Island" at 10:45pm on BBC1 was hailed by the press and received an astonishing overnight audience of 1,700,000 - that's a 16.5% share!


Congratulations to Riete Oord and the team.


Here's what the press had to say:
The Guardian
The Times
The Jewish Chronicle

Summit Meeting

André and Werner are back in Moscow this week for the second major interview with Mikhail Gorbachev for 'Meeting Gorbachev' our feature documentary being made with the help and support of Euromedia, MDR and First Wind Film Development.

The Dragon’s Den

At this years World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, Richard introduced Netflix's Jason Spingarn-Koff, Director of Original Documentaries for a packed (standing room only) session on what Netflix were looking for in 2018.

Then on the last morning he moderated a panel of fearsome dragons - Jim Louderback, Carolyn Payne and Ulla Streib, as they were presented with four entrepreneur's visions for the next decade and had to decide where to invest their millions. Stunning prizes were also on offer, including a stuffed dragon, a bottle of champagne and free registration to next years congress!


Spring will be taking part in the 'Crossing the Screen' International Film Festival on Saturday the 25th of November to discuss 'Women in Filmmaking'.  Click here for tickets.

The Raven Award

“But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Our feature documentary on the evils of atomic bomb testing 'Where The Wind Blew', directed by André Singer, wins the Doc Utah Raven Award for Best Feature Documentary (we added the popcorn!).

San Francisco here we come

Richard Melman will be attending the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in San Francisco where he will be moderating a Netflix session on Science programming with Jason Spingarn-Koff - Director of Original Documentaries at Netflix.

If you'd like to meet up with Richard, he will be there from the 28th to the 1st. Please contact him at Richard.Melman@Springfilms.TV



From the Syria conflict to modern terrorism and from suffragette surgeons to war art, the IWM Short Film Festival presents films responding to past and contemporary conflict.

Join their free screenings at IWM London between 17 and 26 November, and cast your vote for the Audience Vote Award.

Check out the festival programme, list of finalists and their special evening events, at