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Our City – on Film

The £1000 Competition - Make a short film and work with Bristol’s TV Industry

Published on Monday, 28th August 2017

You are invited to the launch of a new short film competition for Bristol’s young people that captures just what makes our city the most creative, rebellious, diverse and pioneering place to live and work.

Encounters is featuring the Channel 4 Random Acts project, and will provide complimentary tickets for the screening of Random Acts films made in the South West, and a panel session with Catherine Bray, Channel 4 Editor of Random Acts, running to 13.30.

Mayor Marvin Rees is working with the likes of Aardman Animations, A Productions, Icon Films, Plimsoll Productions and Tigress Productions to judge the best films, award a cash prize and work directly with the winners to build their skills and experience. They’ll be supported by community media organisations including Calling the Shots, Creative Youth Network, Knowle West Media Centre, Rife, Sharpshotz and Ujima Radio.

This is the opportunity to show individual talent and work with professionals, and it could be the first step into the industry.

The film will be used by the Mayor and international broadcasters to show the world what a creative force we are.

So if you are a film-maker, work with creative young people or want to increase the engagement of your creative company, this competition is for you!

The session sponsored by Bristol Media takes place from 10.00 – 11.15 Thursday 21st September at Encounters Short Film Festival, Watershed, BS1 5TX

At the session we’ll screen some of the best 90-second films from the DepicT! project, mixed with stimulus talks, a film featuring the Mayor launching the competition, and introducing some of the organisations and teams that are already planning to work together.

You can sign up here   

The Brief: Produce a 90 second film, animation or motion video suitable for use on social media that captures your view of what makes Bristol THE place to be – creativity, culture, people, music, technology, action, collaboration, lifestyle …

The Rules :

Your entry must be between 60 and 90 seconds long.

You can use any digital device – computer, phone or camera

We welcome projects produced by a team, though the lead creatives – director, producer, writer or composer must be under 30 years old.

You must own the copyright of all the content in your submission – including music.

It must be suitable for all audiences, with no “explicit content” requiring a disclaimer.

Your submission must be MP4 or Quicktime format.

We’ll have an upload portal managed by the University of West of England (UWE Bristol).

This Mayoral project is supported by Bristol Media, RTS West and the University of the West of England.

A quote from David Sproxton, Executive Chair, Aardman Animations :

“Aardman is very pleased to be part of the initiative, set up by the Mayor of Bristol, to help develop the potential of young film directors from the City’s very diverse population. It’s an exciting project with the aim to make a short film encapsulating the spirit of Bristol and we are keen to support the winning entry in whatever way we can. “