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02/06/2010

Freelance Film Entries Closing

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Media and entertainment union, BECTU is calling 'last orders' for its annual Freelancers' Fair.
It is now taking last minute bookings - and final entries for a five-minute short film competition.
The event, on Friday 11 June, offers a mix of seminars, an industry exhibition and two sessions of the popular 'Freelance Toolkit' workshop. Savoy Place, London, is the appropriate venue - it was the location for the BBC's first experimental radio broadcasts in 1923.
Twenty-two organisations offering support to workers in film and TV will make up the exhibition, sharing news, offering advice and providing updates on their services.
This year the newly formed BBC Academy joins a strong exhibitor line-up, which includes event sponsors Broadcast Freelancer, accountants Hard Dowdy, Production Base, Skillset and Thompsons Solicitors.
Visitors have the choice of a morning or afternoon session on file-based acquisition presented by the Televisual Roadshow; Nicola Lees, author of Greenlit: Developing Factual and Reality Ideas from Concept to Pitch, will offer her expert take on how to prepare and deliver that 'winning pitch'.
BECTU is also running a short film competition and said that three finalists will be selected to discuss their work as part of a session, Ethical Film-making Explored.
The competition is being presented in partnership with agency and training organisation DV Talent which will award one place on one of its short courses or a week's free kit hire to the winner.
Entrants are asked to submit a short, up to five minutes long in any genre or style and on any topic, to the competition page hosted by Vimeo at: vimeo.com/groups/bectu although entrants will first need to join Vimeo at: www.vimeo.com. Entries can be uploaded now but the closing date is 4 June, this Friday.
Whilst film-makers have real freedom about the nature of the work they enter, one essential criterion for entry is that the work should be the result of a collaboration and be jointly owned by the cast and crew.
"This is an exciting project for BECTU and one which gives new film-makers the opportunity not only to have their work appraised by established programme-makers but to discuss options for collaboration in film-making.
"And of course we have a great prize on offer, courtesy of DV Talent," commented competition organiser and documentary film-maker, Benetta Adamson.
An initial shortlist of six will be determined by viewers' votes and may include two wildcard entries decided by the judging panel.
The judging panel will then deliver a further assessment to decide on the three finalists. The winner will be announced at the event on Friday 11 June.
BECTU members can attend the event for free; non-members pay £10.
See: www.bectu.org.uk/events/freelancers-fair
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