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Edgar Wright announced as judge for Jameson Empire Awards competition

From Naomi Li @ Jameson Empire Awards:

Edgar Wright, director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, has been announced as a judge of the Done In 60 Seconds short film competition. As the name suggests, film fans are invited to re-create a popular movie in 60 seconds for their chance to attend and win their very own Jameson Empire Award.

Edgar Wright, commented: “I’m delighted to be judging the Jameson Empire Awards’ Done In 60 Seconds competition, which is such a great concept for any film lover.

“As a teenager I’d make amateur films, trying to recreate shots from my favourite directors like Sam Raimi and Martin Scorcese, with makeshift props. This competition has that at its heart, only we’re asking for a complete remake in 60 seconds, a good challenge for any budding filmmaker trying to hone their skills. I’m very intrigued to see the films other countries will choose.”

The top 20 entries will come to London for a semi-final event on 26 March, where the jury will select the final five nominees. These five will have the chance to rub shoulders with A-List stars at the Jameson Empire Awards on 28 March, where the winner will be announced. Film fans can get full details and upload their entries on to The closing date for entries is 29 January 2010.

The Jameson Empire Awards celebrate the film industry’s success stories of the year with Empire Magazine readers voting for the winners. The awards ceremony are held in London and deemed by many in the industry as the most fun awards in the British movie calendar, making it the perfect match for Jameson.