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09/06/2009

October Films And Imperial War Museum Offer Paid Internship Competition

The Imperial War Museum has announced that October Films, the independent documentary film and television company, will be sponsoring the Museum's annual film festival.
Joining forces with existing sponsors, broadcast History and post-production company Blue Digital Services, October Films will sponsor the 'Annie Dodds Award for Best Documentary' and also offer one of the winning student filmmakers a paid internship at their headquarters in London.
Additionally, October Films will provide advice and assistance to young people interested in documentary production as part of the Imperial War Museums' Student Documentary Masterclass.
The Imperial War Museum's festival for students and amateurs is designed to showcase the work of young filmmakers and to contribute to the ongoing development and training for future documentary makers. Material accepted for the festival must incorporate footage from the Museum's Film Archive, or should be a response to the Museum's wider collections and exhibitions. The festival consists of three categories - Best Documentary, Best Creative Response to the Subject of War and Winner of the Audience Poll.
A shortlist of the best films is selected by an audience ballot and winners decided by a panel including leading figures in the film and television industry, representatives from the each of the sponsors and members of staff from the Imperial War Museum's Film and Video archive.
Dr Toby Haggith, Organiser of the Imperial War Museum Film Festival said: "We are delighted to welcome October Films as a sponsor for the Imperial War Museum's film festival, October Films as a sponsor for the Imperial War Museum's film festival. October Films is natural partner for the festival and there is a broad correspondence between the subject matter of the work produced by October Films and the Museum's terms of reference, that include conflict in the twenty-first century. The festival's documentary award is dedicated to the late Annie Dodds who also helped to establish October Films and her work continues to be featured within the London branch of the Imperial War Museum."
Jane Branning, Head of Production, October Films, added: "We are pleased to be able to honour Annie's memory by sponsoring this award for Best Documentary. At October Films we are always looking to encourage and support new talent in the industry and this is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to learn and develop new skills. We look forward to welcoming the eventual winner to the company!"
Further information is available at: www.iwm.org.uk/filmcompetition or www.history.co.uk/filmfestival.
This year's Student Documentary Master Class will be held at Imperial War Museum London on November 18.
(KMcA/JM)
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