Virgin Media Shorts: call for entries – 1 week to go

For the fourth year running Virgin Media is offering British film makers the opportunity to win up to £30,000 for producing their next film…

For the fourth year running Virgin Media is offering British film makers the opportunity to win up to £30,000 to produce their next film, along with executive production courtesy of the British Film Institute (BFI).

As part of Virgin Media Shorts, 12 shortlisted films will be selected to be converted to 35mm and shown in Picturehouse and independent cinemas nationwide. The films will be shown in rotation throughout the year before main features at the cinemas. (Shown above are the specially commmissioned posters for last year’s winners that were displayed at the BFI.)

The judges’ favourite overall walks away with up to £30,000 to produce their next film, while the ‘People’s Choice’ recipient gets thousands of pounds worth of new equipment.

This year’s panel of judges includes acclaimed directors Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum) and Mat Whitecross (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Road to Guantanamo) and the actor John Hurt.

The deadline for entries is 12pm on July 7. For full details and to enter your work, visit the Virgin Media Shorts site here.

And for a taste of the standard you’ll be competing with, Luke Snellin received a BAFTA nomination for Mixtape, his 2009 winning entry, whilst Oscar Sharp’s charming Sign Language – last year’s winner – is shown below (and was incidentally shot just outside of CR Towers).

More from CR

Working the web

Johanna Basford makes great use of social media, enabling her to share projects and get work, too

Sony recreates Balls for Wimbledon

Sony has drawn inspiration from its own advertising archive for its latest spot, which sees the 2006 ad Balls recreated in leafy Wimbledon…

FX: the art of illusion

CGI is a great problem-solving tool for art directors and designers but, for this issue, we decided to turn that on its head and instead invite leading CGI studios to create problems rather than tackle them.

How to Write a Play

As part of the Angle Theatre’s campaign to find new playwriting talent, Pentagram’s London studio has produced a short film offering advice on how to write for the stage

Junior Designer

Consultants in Design
Curious logo
NSPCC logo