Leeds Met taps into filmmaking talent
The Northern Film School will be running the 'Ideas Fund Shorts' competition for 2013/14, which offers a total of six people, aged between 18 and 30, the chance to win full funding of their film of up to £4,000 from Ideas Tap and mentoring through production and post-production from the Northern Film School.
In the first stage of the competition, the judges are looking for creative and original ideas for short films and will be supporting the development of 40 ideas into bulletproof scripts.
Twenty ideas will be chosen from writers based in the north (including Scotland and Northern Ireland), and 20 ideas from writers based in the south (including Wales). Ideas can be for an animation, documentary or fiction film.
These ideas will then be developed over two screenwriting 'boot camp' weekends (one in Leeds at the Northern Film School, and one in London) in December, with 12 ideas being selected for mentoring, script development and networking sessions at the BFI's Future Fest in February 2014. Finally, six films will be chosen for full funding up to £4,000, with film premieres in October 2014 at international film festivals.
Jennifer Granville, Head of Enterprise for the School of Film, Music & Performing Arts at Leeds Met, commented: "The Northern Film School is delighted to be working with Ideas Tap, who are totally committed to giving young creative people real opportunities. Ideas Tap are keen to improve the standard of the short films that they fund every year, and felt that the rigorous development and mentoring process that the School can offer - and which sees Northern Film School students regularly winning prestigious prizes in short film festivals around the world - will offer a great experience for Ideas Tap members."