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Call for Entries - BRIDGING THE GAP - Short Documentary Competition

Scottish Documentary Institute is pleased to announce that Bridging the Gap 8 is now open for applications!

We are looking for Scottish-based filmmakers to make ten minute documentaries on the theme of SHIFT. We want films to be told in the first person – either by the filmmaker or the main character.

12 ideas will be short-listed on the basis of the proposal and supporting materials. In the following weeks they will be developed and honed further through weekend workshops so that they can be pitched to a panel of experts who will commission the final 5 projects in December 2010. The films are intended for distribution in cinemas and festivals and to be delivered by April 2011.

Who can apply?
This scheme is open to all filmmakers based in Scotland, and particularly aims to bridge the gap between training/graduation and a first commission, and those filmmakers who have not made films for the big screen. We are especially interested in filmmakers from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. We cannot accept applications from students in full time education.


New writing competition Killer Script launches

Killer Script Launches!

Bournemouth, Dorset – White Lantern Film has teamed up with screen actor Mem Ferda to launch the exciting movie script search, KILLER SCRIPT!

[Editor's note - many years ago Mem Ferda posted an advert on Netribution offering himself as a lead actor for short films.]

Mem’s undeniable appeal first came to the attention of the media when he made his screen debut in Guy Ritchie’s controversial film Revolver. Now with over 40 credits to his name, Mem Ferda is clearly one of the UK’s most sought after talents. Renowned for his portrayal of dark characters in films such as the black ops thriller Legacy, the British Gangster film The Crew, the upcoming Lee Tamahori film The Devil's Double and recently completed The Veteran, Mem has now teamed up with award winning production company White Lantern Film to find the next, great, British Independent horror or thriller, in which he is to star.  The ultimate KILLER SCRIPT.

Having recently completed EMULSION (d. Suki Singh), featuring Mem Ferda and produced by White Lantern Film, the team have reunited with a £100k film development and seed fund to seek out high-concept, gritty, psychological films that have international appeal.  Horror and thriller stories are highly desirable, as long as they attempt to exceed typical B-movie fare. Screenplays should push boundaries and expectations, and introduce us to environments and situations that are intriguing and fresh. Memento, Leon, Irreversible, Bad Lieutenant and 21 Grams are all good examples of the kind of stories that will make the next Killer Script.


Aspiring Reporters Wanted for Red Bull & Dave TV Assignment!

Red Bull & Dave TV are looking for aspiring reporters to send to the Red Bull X-Fighter Jam event in Newcastle on the 24th July, and also the final at London's Battersea Park on 14th August.

There are 8 reporter positions available: 2 x Writers, 2 x Photographers, 2 x Filmmakers and 2 x Presenters

The reports produced by the chosen reporters for the regional Jams and the London main event will not only appear on but also on Dave’s website too.

The Red Bull editorial team will then pick the most creative reports from the Jams and the winning reporters will then be chosen to cover the main event in London, at Battersea Power Station!


Philips Cinema and Sir Ridley Scott filmmaking contest

Philips has launched an exciting global contest giving aspiring filmmakers the chance to have an original work judged by one of the world’s greatest film directors - Sir Ridley Scott, director of Hollywood blockbusters including Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982) and Gladiator (2000).

The contest, called ’Tell It Your Way’, will also give one lucky winner the chance to gain a week’s work experience at Ridley Scott Associates (RSA) offices in Los Angeles, New York, London or Hong Kong.

The contest involves creating an original short film to accompany Philips’ ground-breaking Parallel Lines series of short films, directed by RSA talents, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, Jake Scott and Hi-Sim. The five short films, released on the Philips website are part of a cinematic project whereby each director created a film in a different genre, with a different storyline, but all following the same dialogue.



Red Bull X-Fighters & Dave TV - Video Mash Up Competition

Make a video mash-up for Red Bull X-Fighters and win a trip to Rome!

Red Bull and Dave TV are calling on the UK’s aspiring editors and filmmakers to take Red Bull’s archive of X-Fighters footage, images and sounds to create a high-energy mash-up that gets the adrenaline pumping for the Red Bull X-Fighters event in London.


2Weeks 2Make It – the North’s music video contest

The South Yorkshire Filmmakers’ Network (SYFN) is staging their music video competition ‘2Weeks 2Make It’ for the 4th time.

Since 2005 ‘2Weeks 2Make It’ brings together filmmakers with Northern upcoming musicians. Paired up in random teams, bands and filmmakers have two weeks to create a music video. The completed music clips will be presented on 29th April during a Gala Event at the Sensoria Festival of Music and Film.

Rewards for the winning filmmaker will be the chance to make a music video for a signed musician plus a cash prize. The successful band will get excellent distribution opportunities. In 2009, the winners were rewarded with a record contract.


2010 BlueCat Screenplay Competition - over $20,000 in prizes

From BlueCat Screenplay Competition;

Since 1998, we have built a large community of writers passionately committed to writing original, unforgettable work. This starts with our exchange of feedback to each writer who enters BlueCat. Every screenplay submitted to BlueCat receives written analysis. This year, we've created two new awards for international screenwriters, expanded our early analysis and resubmission programs and brought back our popular title contest to further our support and find the new writers. Through our videos, interviews,  and screenwriting tips articles, we encourage every writer to keep writing.


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.


Be a Nuts Red Bull Reporter at the X Fighters Championship in London!

From PR Lauren Archer:

Nuts and Red Bull Reporter have joined forces to offer an amazing opportunity to experience life as a media reporter! We're looking for a writer and a photographer to report on the awesome Red Bull X-Fighters when it comes to London on Saturday 22 August.

The chosen Nuts and Red Bull Reporters will get unprecedented access to the world's best Freestyle Motocross riders at this year’s Red Bull X-Fighters Final at Battersea Power Station. After the event, their work will be showcased at to a huge audience.

For your chance to become a Red Bull Reporter, just upload examples of your own work, reporting on an event you've attended; football, a concert, a car show... the choice is yours. We’re looking for words (no more than 200 words) or pics (no more than ten) to see if you’ve got what it takes.

Simply submit your entry at Closing date is 5pm (BST) on Friday 31 July. We’ll notify winners by Friday 7 August. Good luck!

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