Archive for the ‘competition’ Category

Inspire a Generation

15th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

ReachOut.comReach Out is launching a national film competition to promote positive attitudes to mental health and challenge stereotypes around the issue. To enter create a short film or animation (90 – 180 seconds). The film should explore mental health related topics in a positive light, and how we can get through tough times.

Possible topics could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief

Film
Films can be live action or animation. All finished pieces must be high enough quality for use on ReachOut.com. Example pieces can be viewed on Reach Out’s video wall.

The competition has two stages:

  1. Submit a brief on proposed video, including a storyboard of scenes. Briefs will be reviewed by judging panel based on message interpretation, creativity and production plan.
  2. The successful submissions will be invited to produce their video project. These teams will then compete for the prizes outlined below.

Films will be featured on ReachOut.com, accredited to the film-maker.

Prizes
Overall winner: €2,000 and an internship with leading Irish ad agency Cawley-Nea
Runner-up: €1,000
Second runner-up: €500

Who should enter
This competition is best suited to film or animation graduates with experience in developing short multi-media pieces for online use. Dates and deadlines:

Deadline for submission of initial proposals to ReachOut.com is 30 June 2011.
Shortlisted teams will be contacted by 15 July 2011.
Closing date for film submission 1 September 2011.
Award Ceremony October 2011.

Sky Arts Ignition

7th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

Sky Arts IgnitionSky has opened applications for Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – a new bursary which will offer five young artists £ 30,000 each to fund their work for a full year.

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to applications from young artists aged 18-30 living in the UK and Ireland. The fund is designed to bridge the gap between formal education and becoming a working artist.

The fund is run in association with IdeasTap, an arts charity, funding body and network of nearly 40,000 young creative people at the start of their careers. The scheme will also provide each artist with a mentor from Sky, who will help develop their skills and knowledge in the arts and commercial sector.

The Futures Fund is part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, Sky’s recently announced initiative which will see Sky Arts collaborate with six arts organisations over the next two years to create brand new works, and expands on Sky’s commitment to developing and nurturing young talent.

“Talent and creativity is thriving in the arts today, but we recognise that people can’t fulfil their potential and pursue their artistic ambitions without support,” comments James Hunt, Director of Sky Arts. “Sky has long been one of the UK’s biggest investors in the arts, both on and off screen, but we think it’s vital to uphold that commitment right across the board – individuals who are just starting out are equally as important as organisations with a wealth of experience behind them. This is why we’ve launched Futures Fund as part of Sky Arts Ignition – we’re hoping that we will be able to support and nurture the next generation of Bussells, Kennedys, Emins and Cumberbatches.”

“IdeasTap is delighted to be partnering with Sky Arts on the Ignition Futures Fund, which epitomises IdeasTap’s ethos of investing in talented young people at the start of their careers to launch them into the professional world,” adds Peter De Haan, Chief Executive of IdeasTap. “At IdeasTap we’re reimagining the way that emerging creative talent is funded, nurtured and showcased in the digital age and we’re thrilled to have Sky Arts on board.“

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, music, film, dance or literature. Applicants must be aged 18-30 on 19 September 2011 and be based in either the UK or Ireland. To apply, applicants need to explain how the bursary would help support their career and enhance and extend their work. For details click on the Futures Fund tab at sky.com/skyartsignition. To download an application, visit ideastap.com/skyartsfuturesfund. Applications will close on Wednesday 19 September 2011.

Angel Road Screenplay Competition

22nd March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Setouchi icff

The SETOUCHI International Children’s Film Festival in Japan is running the ANGEL ROAD Screenplay Competition 2011.

Purpose

  • To find and support promising directors and writers around the world.
  • To promote the SETOUCHI area to the world through filmmaking.

Eligibility

  • Any writer who has passion for filmmaking. Age, sex, nationality, profession and experience are irrelevant.

Rules

  • The screenplay must be an unpublished original feature-length story. (Any screenplay that has won an award in any other competition is not eligible. No adaptations of an existing stories or books either.)
  • We accept any genre, as long as it meets the following two conditions. 1) It must include the SETOUCHI area in at least one of the locations and also 2) more than one scene where children are featured.
  • The entrant must be the writer him/herself. No substitute entry is accepted. Co-writing by a group of writers is accepted. One representing writer must submit for the group in the case of co-writing.
  • The screenplay must be in Japanese or English. If it’s in Japanese, please follow the Japanese guidelines.
  • The screenplay should be numbered and approximately 90 – 120 pages in length. (for 90 to 120 minute movie).
  • Print your screenplay on A4 or letter size papers and submit a copy. Handwriting scrip is not eligible.

A completed entry must include the following:

  1. Cover: 1 page (Title, Name)
  2. Contact information: 1 page (Name, address, TEL, occupation, age, birthday, brief profile) *In the case of co-writing, include all the writer’s information.
  3. Character sheet: 1 page (write all the characters and their age)
  4. Synopsis: 2-3 pages
  5. Screenplay: 90-120 pages

Secure 1 to 5 together on top and submit 2 copies.

If you have written, directed or produced a movie, submit a copy of DVD that has your works. (Public release, length, recording format irrelevant. The DVD must be finalized. Write your name, title of the movie, year and length on the disk and attached a one-page synopsis.)

Send the complete entry by registered mail at Japan Post Service or any equivalent method. Entrants must pay the shipping cost. Please do not bring in to our office. Send to:

Angel Road Screenplay Competition
NPO SETOUCHI Entertainment Association
5 Fl., 3-19 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0092 Japan

Deadlines
April 30, 2011 (as indicated by the postmark on the envelope)

Result
The result will be made public on our website and/or public media such as newspapers and magazines.

  • The first selection will chose 10 screenplays (to be announced around mid June,2011)
  • The second selection will chose 3 screenplays (to be announced around mid July, 2011)
  • The final selection will chose the Grand Prize. (to be announced on 28 Aug, 2011)

The entrants of the 3 screenplays chosen in the second selection will be invited to the ceremony at the festival in Kagawa prefecture.

Prize Grand Prize
1 screenplay JPY 1,000,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

Honorable Mention
2 screenplays JPY 100,000 and local specialties of SETOUCHI

More details are available on the web site.

Bruntwood Prize 2011

18th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Bruntwood Prize 2011The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is searching for great new plays and great writers. It is Britain’s biggest playwriting competition and has so far awarded £80,000 in prize money.

The Bruntwood is open to anyone aged 16 or over living in the UK or Ireland. Scripts are submitted anonymously to ensure fair judging.

Entries are accepted between 31 January 2011 and 6 June 2011, and submissions are via the web site.

More information on the competition is available on the web site.

Golden Blasters 2011

11th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Golden blastersOctocon, the Irish National Science Fiction Convention (15-16 October, 2011), has announced details of this year’s Golden Blasters Short Film and Short Script Festival.

The Golden Blasters Short Film competition is now open to short film submissions from filmmakers from anywhere in the world. The science fiction, fantasy or horror films should be 12-15 minutes long, and can be live action, animation or a mixture of media. The shorts can be filmed on 35mm, 16 mm or video but entries must must be on DVD. Two copies will be required.

A short-list of films will be selected prior to Octocon and will be screened for the attendees of the festival.

There are two awards: The Golden Blaster for Best Film, which is selected by a jury, and the Silver Blaster Audience Award which is voted by the festival attendees.

The Golden Blaster Short Script Competition is looking for science fiction, fantasy of horror scripts no longer than 20 pages. Submissions should be formatted in the standard script style, and submitted via Withoutabox.

The winning script will awarded €100.

Submission Deadlines

Early Bird Entry Deadline: 30th April 2011
Standard Deadline: 30th June 2011
Final Deadline: 31st July 2011

More information about the competitions is available on the web site.

The winners of the three competitions will be announced at the convention’s closing ceremony.