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Challenge ALEXA Competition To Return

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The Challenge ALEXA Competition is to return in 2017, Directors UK has confirmed.

ARRI, the maker of the ALEXA, will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year and to mark the occasion, the company has teamed up with Directors UK to select a theme for the competition – Anniversary.

The competition, which is now in its fifth year, is open to Directors UK members and gives directors the opportunity to win free access to ALEXA shooting equipment, and create new, original content in the form of a short film, short documentary, teaser trailer, commercial or music video, that incorporates the chosen theme.

The winning projects, selected by the Board of Directors UK, will go into production with access to a two-day ALEXA shooting package, of up to two cameras – either an ALEXA SXT and/or ALEXA Mini camera with Master Anamorphic lenses with Flare Sets – and, for the first time, the use of ARRI Master Grips and the Maxima Gimble. The projects will be shot in two days and can be delivered by the end of April 2017 for a special screening.

Abigail Berry, Member Services and Events Manager at Directors UK, said: "We are so pleased to continue our working relationship with ARRI. This programme was developed to enable directors to fully express their creative vision, with the opportunity to use equipment they may not have had access to, and celebrate their work. So much of what we do for the Challenge Alexa competition is made possible through this great partnership and I want to acknowledge and thank them for their continued support, and congratulate them on their milestone anniversary."

Milan Krsljanin, Director of Group Business Development at ARRI, added: "Challenge ALEXA is all about nurturing talent. At ARRI we find it inspiring to work with such gifted filmmakers and to help them develop their potential. Producing movies is very challenging, but through our help we aim to also make it exciting and fulfilling for Directors UK members. Of course the best part of Challenge ALEXA is seeing their stories come to life on the big screen and flourish afterwards at festivals. It is an honour and a privilege to be part of that."

Further information, as well as application details, are available at the Directors UK website here.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 30 November, 2016.


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