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Picturehouse Member's Film Competition

Ever dreamt of seeing your film on cinema screens around the country? Well, now you can make that dream a reality – by entering the new Picturehouse Members’ Film Competition. Entrants might also get their short-film ideas read by some of the biggest names in the business, who will make up the judging panel. One lucky Member will win the chance to make their short film, fully funded, and to showcase it in the trailer reels before every feature film at Picturehouse Cinemas.

The competition judges include the award-winning director of Senna and Amy, Asif Kapadia; the legendary producer of Skyfall and SPECTRE, Barbara Broccoli; Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend It Like Beckham and Bride & Prejudice; Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund; Working Title producer Tim Bevan; and broadcaster and presenter Edith Bowman.

Members can enter the competition by submitting a short treatment or script of 300–500 words, using the theme ‘belonging’ as inspiration. The final film must be no longer than two minutes long and the closing date for submissions is 29 April 2016. The winning treatment will be fully funded by Picturehouse Cinemas, with the film being guided through production by creative agency McCann London, who will be offering their time, equipment and expertise to bring the film to the screen. And talking of screens, the winning film will play for several months in all 23 Picturehouse Cinemas! So if you’re a Picturehouse Member who is also a budding filmmaker, or if you’ve always had a great idea for a (short) film, this is the competition for you.

As well as discovering exciting new talent, the competition is designed to celebrate Picturehouse Members’ unrivalled passion for film. The contest is inspired by our motto – ‘Our Members Make Us’ – which highlights the defining and motivating force behind Picturehouse Cinemas: our Members.

“Our Members are truly integral to how we operate,” says Sara Frain, Group Marketing Director of Picturehouse Cinemas, “and this competition gives one lucky Member a great platform to showcase their talent. Lots of short films are made all the time, but the real challenge is getting them shown, particularly on the big screen. At Picturehouse, we can help with that last all-important hurdle. We can’t wait to see what our Members produce. We know they will rise to the challenge.”

Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund and one of the competition judges, says: “Having the chance to discover and support the best new film talent is always an honour and delight. I can’t wait to see what gems the Picturehouse Members have in store for us.” 

The Picturehouse Members’ Film Competition judging panel comprises: Lolly Thomson (McCann London co-president), Asif Kapadia (director, Senna, Amy), Barbara Broccoli (producer, Skyfall, SPECTRE), Danny Perkins (StudioCanal CEO), Ben Roberts (BFI Film Fund director), Kate Gardiner (head of Fox Searchlight), Tim Bevan (producer, The Theory Of Everything, Les Misérables), Tessa Ross (producer, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave), Clare Binns (Picturehouse Cinemas’ director of programming and acquisitions), Gurinder Chadha (director, Bride & Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham), Edith Bowman (broadcaster) and Charles Gant (Heat and The Guardian film critic).

Entries are officially open. Enter here

Remember, you don’t need to create a finished film, we just want you to submit an idea. If your idea is chosen, we’ll help you bring it to the big screen.

A valid Picturehouse Membership card number must be included on your submission at the time of entry. The closing date is 29 April 2016.

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