Thursday, 16 June 2011

Wannabe filmmakers take note – last call for entries for the Kirin “First Cut” Short Film Competition

Wannabe filmmakers take note – last call for entries for the Kirin “First Cut” Short Film Competition
Are you one of those people with a vague ambition to make a film but never act on your ideas?  Here’s your chance. Japanese beer, Kirin Ichiban is running its inaugural First Cut short film competition and wants entries of all standards and formats, from amateurs on their mobile phones to pros using 35mm.  One stipulation is that the film should be themed around the concept of “First Press”, a reference to Japan’s Prime Brew, Kirin Ichiban, which is made by the “Ichiban Shibori Process”, which literally translated means “First Press”.

For full details on how to enter, visit  Deadline for entries 30th June 2011 so time to get creative!

The rules
Short film entries must be original work and can be anything from 1 minute to 10 minutes in length and use one of the following production techniques: live action, animation, narrative/experimental or documentary.  
The Judging process
A shortlist of the four best film entries will be chosen by a panel of industry experts from the world of short film including the London Short Film Festival and award winning Short Film director Simon Ellis. 
The four shortlisted films will also be screened at the Kirin Ichiban Pop Up restaurant in East London in August 2011.
The Prize
The overall winner will then be chosen from a shortlist by public vote and receive £3000 cash and the career boosting prize of having their film shown at a series of prestigious short film festivals in the Capital.  These include the prestigious 55th BFI London Film festival in partnership with American Express (October 12-27th), Rushes Soho Shorts festival ( 20-29 July) and the London Short Film Festival in early January 2012. 2nd place will receive £1000 cash, 3rd place will receive £500 cash and the final runner up will win a year’s supply of Kirin Ichiban beer
To find out more and to get your creative juices flowing, visit for more details of how to submit your film and the full terms and conditions.
Whether it is your first steps on the road to directorial stardom using your mobile phone or your first short in a while, be sure to make ‘First Cut’, your next move as the deadline for entries is the end of this month – June 30th 2011.

As a starting point, some of the short films below may give you inspiration.

1         Interview with Simon Ellis
2         Right Place -
4         The Yellow Smiley Face
5         4 - Noodles -

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