Chris Elmore MP is encouraging local filmmakers to take part in Parliament’s prestigious Film the House competition.
The annual competition offers the opportunity to put local filmmakers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the film industry and to have the best of UK talent take front and centre stage.
Entries will initially be shared with MPs before an expert industry panel of leading figures from Britain’s creative landscape chooses the shortlist and the winners. In 2018, prizes included mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners’ films for friends and family, and classification of the winning films and scripts by British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
Chris Elmore MP said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for film makers of all ages and all experiences, for those still at school and aspiring to work in the film industry as well as for those who are more established and looking to display their talent.
“The creative industries have an important role to play in UK society, especially for the economy; the industry is worth £101.5 billion and growing all the time.
“We have an abundance of talent here in Wales, and particularly here in Ogmore, and I encourage anyone with an interest in the film industry to take out their camera and start shooting! Who knows where it might lead?”
The competition was launched on 9th September and the closing date for entries is the 19th December. The shortlist will be announced on 3rd February with an awards ceremony for the winners taking place on 3rd March in the House of Commons.
The categories are Best Film Script, Best Film Direction, and Best Short Film, each divided into under 16 and 16 and over.
This year focuses on intellectual property rights and the ways Parliamentarians can interact with their local constituents.
For more information on how to enter the competition, please visit: www.filmthehouse.co.uk.