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Have a go at creating your own Life & Times of Tim sketch!

From PR Lauren Archer:

Hit US animated comedy The Life & Times of Tim has come to the UK exclusively to Virgin1.

To celebrate, they have created their own custom Sketch tool which enables you to have a go at playing animator and creating your own funny sketch from the show.

A fantastic prize in the form of a 32" Sony Bravia LCD TV goes to the person who creates the best sketch!

Just head to now and follow the instructions to be in with a chance of winning!


Virgin mobile shorts competition

From occasional Netribution contributor and Harry Potter 'floor editor', Dan Hartley:

Hey Netrib's

Please excuse the shameless self promotion but I've entered a short film as part of the Virgin Mobile Shorts competition and we'd really appreciate it if you pay a visit and view our film. It's only 2 mins long and garnering great reviews.

It's a comedy about  a mini movie mogul who pitches his big idea to a major movie star, oblivious to the greater drama unfolding behind him.

Hope you like it!!


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The Edinburgh Pitch 2009 - Prizes up to £6000!

Following on from the success of the last two years, Scottish Documentary Institute is proud to again host the annual documentary pitching workshop: The Edinburgh Pitch. For the first time this year prizes will be awarded up to £6,000 for project development. Organized as part of the Bridging the Gap initiative, the pitch is backed by Scottish Screen, Skillset, BBC Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Edinburgh College of Art and runs concurrent to Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The Edinburgh Pitch is the only international pitching forum in Scotland, where documentary filmmakers can pitch their ideas to a select panel of commissioning editors from around the world, including BBC and Channel 4, and receive invaluable feedback for their projects, make industry contacts, and compete for the award for most promising project. The forum is open to industry observers.

This kind of event is a typical way for filmmakers to raise money all over the world, with one of the biggest forums happening in Amsterdam (IDFA) every year. Pitching in public is a risky strategy, but can be a great way to attract a lot of attention in a short period of time for a project in the development stage seeking financing.

Prizes include:

£6,000 for Most Promising Project

£2,000 for Best Scottish Project (project based in Scotland)

This is a fantastic opportunity for all filmmakers looking to produce a feature length documentary to attend a pitching and development workshop and to pitch formally in front of a carefully selected panel of International and UK commissioning editors, sales agents and producers.

The 3 day workshop covers a pitching practice day, the pitch itself, followed by one to one meetings with each member of the panel. Open to all filmmakers UK and abroad and is aimed at independent filmmakers and companies who are developing and raising finance for creative documentaries (52min – 90min) and who are thinking about international co-productions. (Please note that only UK filmmakers are eligible for the cash prizes.)


World's Largest Film Competition Returns to Edinburgh

From The 48 Hour Film Project:

The world's largest competition of its kind returns to Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema this May 22-24!  Filmmakers from across the UK (and beyond) will meet up to spend a wild and crazy bank holiday weekend making a film, getting it screened and judged for prizes.

Registration is now open (and quickly filling up) at We are now half full, so you are advised to register soon.


Get Creative for Your Community and Win £500!

Get creative for your community!

Win £500 for yourself and £1,000 for a local project.

Anyone can enter this competition.  You don't have to be an established artist and there's no age limit.  You can enter as a group or individually.  Check it out on Not only does the winning artist get their artwork displayed in one of  the brand new O2 stores, they could also win £500 and a week's work experience at an award winning London advertising agency. 


2009 Satyajit Ray Foundation £1,000 Short Film Competition

Satyajit Ray Short FIlm CompetitionThis 2009 Satyajit Ray Foundation Competition is open to all film-makers, of any age, either resident or studying in the UK. The closing date is 1st March 2009. From the Ray Foundation:

The film, of not more than 30 minutes running time, should express and inform aspects of the experiences of South Asians (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) either within their own countries or the Diaspora. All submissions must have been completed within two years prior to the closing date. Previous entries cannot be considered. The Satyajit Ray Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be presenting a cash prize for Best Film of £1,000.


£10k & £8k Music Video pitches invited

radar.gifCaroline Bottomley, founder of Radar - the leading site for music video production opportunities, writes in with details of a £10,000 music video production budget plus £8,000 prize for Aviv Geffen.

Geffen, a huge star in Israel, is launching his UK career with an invitation to make his music video.

The competition is open to filmmakers at all levels of career and is free to enter. Judges, including David Knight, director of the UK Music Video Awards will also feedback on selected pitches in the run-up to deadline.

More details at


Calling all creative types.. E4's Skins needs you!

From Lauren @ Holler:

Skins 3 is coming soon, and the Skins creators are looking for some bright young things to help them with a very special project.

They’ll be creating an online mini episode of Skins that will feature some of the series 3 cast. There are four very important behind the scenes roles that still need to be filled.


Movie Mogul's Microbudget Cookbook online as feature contest enters new phase

negotiatinglife.jpgAfter selecting the pitch and screenwriter for their user-funded and produced  feature, UK crowd-financing site Movie Mogul Fund are currently inviting votes for producer and director, with the likes of Martin Gooch, Rob Speranza and Robbie Moffat in the running. Accompanying the round, pitch winner Ryan Hooper has produced a brief Microbudget overview featuring many of the stalwarts of the UK scene, including Chris Jones , Mia Bays, Julian Richards and Paul Andrew Williams.