Calling all amateur and professional filmmakers – one of the UK’s biggest short film competitions is now open for entries and will be giving entrants the chance to win cash prizes and have their films appear on Channel 4.
Now in its fifth year, the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition 2014 invites budding and established filmmakers to create a three minute film for their chance to win a top prize of £10,000, funding for industry-recognised qualifications and a highly-valued industry mentorship.
Filmmakers are being asked to create short films of any genre, around the theme of ‘family business’. And, thanks to an expert panel of judges and partners – including BAFTA, Channel 4, Met Film School, Total Film, British Council, and Creative England, the calibre of entries is expected to be high.
Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director at reed.co.uk, commented: “As the UK's biggest job site, we realised that reed.co.uk could provide the perfect platform for creative work to be seen and shared, and so, the idea of running a film competition was born. Five years on, the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition is now recognised as the fastest-growing shorts competition in the UK.
“Our support for short film has always focused on giving talented, creative individuals an opportunity to showcase their work and, this year, we’re delighted to announce we will be screening the best of the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition on Channel 4”.
This year’s competition features more opportunities to win than ever before, with four prizes being awarded:
• Grand Prix - decided by the panel of expert judges, one filmmaker will win £10,000 plus additional funding to showcase their film, expert mentoring and career advice, and funding for industry-recognised educational opportunities
• Judges’ Commendation - also decided by the judging panel, £1,000 prize plus funding for industry-recognised educational opportunities
• People’s Choice Award – chosen by the public via an online vote, £1,000 prize plus funding for industry-recognised educational opportunities
• Best Young Filmmaker – entrants who are 25 or under on the 22nd of January 2014 will be eligible to win £1,000, an internship opportunity and funding for industry-recognised educational opportunities
Rhodes added: “We’re extremely proud of our association with short film and my hope is that our competition will continue to act as a springboard for the talented, hardworking filmmakers who continue to make this competition what it is.”
This year, reed.co.uk has partnered with the British Council and Creative England to further boost the filmmaking careers of the competition’s winners.
The British Council will fund the Grand Prix winner to take their film to festivals around the world, with Creative England providing them with bespoke training and mentoring, as well as ongoing career development and guidance.
Furthermore, this year’s partnership with London’s Met Film School adds funding towards courses and qualifications in filmmaking to each of the four prize categories.
Channel 4 will be screening some of the best entries this year in the Shooting Gallery which will air in early 2014.
The deadline for entries into the competition is 22nd January 2014.