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reed.co.uk launches third annual short film competition

 Aspiring filmmakers are being given another opportunity to win top prizes and priceless industry exposure, as leading UK job site, reed.co.uk, launches its third annual short film competition.

 The online competition, which is open to everyone regardless of their film making credentials, will challenge filmmakers to create a short film centred on the theme, ‘The Boss.’

An expert panel of judges, to be announced early next year, will choose this year’s Grand Prix winner, who’ll take home a £10,000 cash prize, a year’s membership of London’s Hospital Club and a year’s subscription to Shooting People.

In addition to the Grand Prix, prizes of £1,000 will be awarded to additional category winners, including the ‘People’s Choice Award’ and ‘Best Animation’.

Mark Rhodes, Marketing Director at reed.co.uk, explains how the previous two competitions have exposed a rich seam of creative talent:

 “The shorts we’ve seen in the last two competitions have been inspiring, so we were really keen launch this year’s competition and start showcasing more talent.

 “At reed.co.uk, our business is all about giving people opportunities and the Short Film Competition has been an excellent way of doing this for creative talent: our first winner went on to win the coveted Virgin Media Shorts competition and was long listed for a BAFTA.”

 Rhodes continues: 

 “We’re extremely proud to be continuing our support for short film and, this year, we’re delighted to have the support of The Hospital Club as a headline partner. This partnership will allow us to reach more filmmaking talent and further strengthen the position of the reed.co.uk Short Film Competition in the UK film industry.”

The deadline for entries is 25 March 2012. Full details of this year’s competition, including information on how to enter, can be found at reed.co.uk/film.

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2nd December 2011

Apply now for Mentoring and Investment

South West Screen launch two programmes for creative businesses

Apply now for Mentoring and Investment Readiness. Deadline: 9 December 2011

15 November 2011: Applications are now open for two exciting new programmes of support for the creative industries in the South West.

The two programmes – Investment Readiness and Mentoring – have been launched by South West Screen to allow businesses to thrive with the help of industry experts, mentors and workshops.

To apply for the Investment Readiness programme, visit bit.ly/osuOhj
To apply for the Mentoring programme, visit bit.ly/nPbDfJ

Investment Readiness will help participating business leaders develop an investment proposition which is more likely to generate investor interest.

Leaders of small to medium sized enterprises (SME) from any creative sector will receive workshops, pitching session and free advice session from legal partner Thrings and accountants Baker Tilly. Sessions will take place in Bristol in the first three months of 2012.

Mentoring, established in conjunction with NESTA, is a programme which allows business leaders to get expert advice from highly successful creative entrepreneurs.

Throughout 2012, leaders of SMEs accepted onto the Mentoring programme will receive advice sessions with a proven, experienced creative business leader; one-day workshops to make sure they get the most from their mentoring; and one-to-one sessions with a specialist business coach to help them stay on track.

South West Screen Innovation Director Anthony Story said: “Creative companies are often set up by people with creative-led expertise; however this doesn’t diminish their commitment to growing solid and successful businesses.

“These two programmes provide creative people with access to expert management advice. This advice will allow them to place their creative venture onto a firm business footing; developing clear business strategies and securing growth by commercialising new innovation.”

The Mentoring and Investment Readiness programmes are supported by the Creative Industries iNet, part of Solutions for Business, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by South West Screen.

Visit www.swscreen.co.uk for the latest news on Mentoring and Business Readiness.

16th November 2011


ACTION IN SPACE Film Production Course
12 hrs Workshop (Induction Course)
3 -10-17-24 November: Thursday – 6pm-8.30pm
This is a special opportunity for adults with learning
disabilities in the local area. The group will make a 5min short
film about outer-space and will learn to use camera and work
in different crew roles. An induction Course will find learners’
expectations and goals. The course will start January,
Thursday 6pm-8.30-pm. Portsmouth Film Society will host a
public screening of the film in May 2012
For more information contact: info@omegacentre.org

30th October 2011

YouthDocs & ‘Beyond the Brickworks’ at the Bursledon Brickworks National Heritage Open Day

 Thanks to an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, young people from Solent Youth Action were able to make films about the Bursledon Brickworks, the last steam driven brickworks in the UK. Over three weeks they worked with filmmakers, The Butterfly Fx, to portray the working life of the site, through animations and drama reconstructions. The testimonies of former employees were recorded to understand how the site used to work and capture their experiences.

On the 8th of September 2011 the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (BBIM) will be hosting an arts and photography exhibition displaying work by local artists, photographers and craftsmen for the National Heritage Open day.  BBIM has been exploring its local history over the last year via all kinds of avenues including the Hidden Histories project. They have also been searching the newly released 1911 Census which will be on display as part of the exhibition.   His Worshipful the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Trevor Cartwright MBE and Mayoress Mrs Ruth Cartwright will be attending as honoured guests from 11am.

Beyond the Brickworks films will be screened as part of the event. Please come along and celebrate the young people’s achievement. There will be a special presentation about how the films were made at 1pm and an opportunity to meet the former employees and young people involved. Lena Samuels from WMG will also be launching a new documentary film making competition for young people called YouthDocs at 2pm. Admission is free

Lisa Calder, Director of The Butterfly Fx said: “This is an exciting project for young people to explore the heritage on their doorstep, whilst learning new media skills.  The films made by the young people will be a permanent installation helping future visitors to understand the working life of the Brickworks.”

Lena Samuels, Director of WMG said: “YouthDocs 2011 with its theme A Sense of Place gives young people such as those from Solent Youth Action and any young person in the South, an opportunity to create a short film, a piece of audio and a blog as part of the competition which recognises both their talent as well as gives them a chance to explore and develop their media creativity. ”

The competition is now open for entries with a deadline for submissions of 2nd March 2011. For more information email: lena@wessexmediagroup.co.uk


5th September 2011

Working with Young People: Poetry & The Spoken Word

Professional development with Apples and Snakes

Apples and Snakes Masterclass: Working with young people, poetry and spoken word – lead by Jacob Sam-La Rose

A FREE masterclass for poets and spoken word artists, with leading practitioner Jacob Sam-La Rose.

This workshop will be aimed at poets and spoken word artists who are interested in developing young people’s creative writing and performance skills, with a particular view to working with the youth slam model.

  Monday 19 September
Where: The Nuffield Theatre, University Rd, Southampton
Info: To register your interest and find out more contact pete@applesandsnakes.org.uk the number of places is limited to twenty.

29th July 2011