Activists in London: A Filmmaking Challenge

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We are running a new open call for short films about Activists. If you know a Londoner who you think would be an interesting subject then why not get writing your treatment today!

London is a city full of hundreds of activists and campaigners. When we are passionate about something, we try and do something about it. Like the people who fight for equal rights for the LGBT community, those who are calling for the UK to leave the EU or perhaps someone fighting for the right to skate on the Southbank.  In this election year we would like to find out more about some of the activists working in our  city and encourage debate and cohesion across groups.

We want to find out who the people are behind the banners on the May Day marches, the people that stand on picket lines during tube strikes or even the person who is delivering their first petition to Downing Street. Lots of people will know someone who fits that bill and we would like to encourage you to tell their story!

The brief is very open: Your film can be about anyone that is an activist, they just have to identify themselves as a Londoner…

The documentary subject’s life can touch on any kind of activism that we experience in the city whether they campaign, debate, or fight for a cause. It doesn’t have to be political; perhaps your film will be about someone campaigning for more awareness of mental health or someone looking for stricter guidelines in the online space?

 

Examples

To get your juices flowing, here is the kind of thing to think about when looking for your subject:

  • A member of the public campaigning for a party in the 2015 election
  • A local resident fighting against the changing of the London skyline
  • An independent politician on a local council/Westminster campaign
  • A music fan campaigning for the right to make busking without a licence legal
  • Human/animal rights activists
  • A person campaigning to save local monuments, allotments, working mens clubs or other local causes
  • Parents working on school boards to help with the running of their children’s schools
  • Young people sitting on local councils or working within their schools

 

Prizes

The winning submission (as chosen by the 1000 Londoners team) will be:

  • Awarded a cash prize of £100
  • Published on 1000londoners.com, accompanied by a press and social media campaign (including social media posts throughout the 5 year duration of the project)
  • Screened at the 1000 Londoners Year One screening and event in late April (venue tbc – previous screening venues include Vue Piccadilly and BAFTA)
  • Published across other channels associated with the 1000 Londoners project (previous distribution includes West End cinema screenings and
  • Earmarked for distribution later in the project.

Up to four runners up will also be chosen and will be:

  • Published on 1000londoners.com, accompanied by a press and social media campaign.
  • Screened at the 1000 Londoners Year One screening and event in late April (venue tbc – previous screening venues include Vue Piccadilly and BAFTA)
  • Published in other channels associated with the 1000 Londoners project (previous distribution includes West End cinema screenings and
  • Earmarked for distribution later in the project.

 

How to enter

Before entering, please read the 10 Golden rules on the “About” page of the 1000 Londoners project to make sure that your idea fits within the project guidelines. In addition, all films must be a maximum of 3 minutes in length (including credits).

To enter, please email a description of what your film will be to info@1000londoners.com. Anything from a paragraph to a page. Included should be:

  • The name and age of the Londoner
  • The locations in which you intend to film
  • A short paragraph providing some background information about your chosen Londoner
  • A short synopsis of the film which you intend to shoot.

Once we receive that, we’ll confirm that we are happy for you to go ahead and make the film.

This needs to be received by us no later than 5pm, 5th March 2015

The final version of your film must be received by us no later than 5pm, 15th April 2015.

A list of the guidelines for terms and conditions as well as information on discounted equipment rental will be sent to you once we receive your film treatment. Please make sure that you read and understand these fully.

We look forward to receiving your films and hearing about your ideas!

Good luck and happy filming!!

 

 

Posted by:   /  10th Feb, 2015

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