BAFTA - In the spotlight

BAFTA - In the spotlight

BAFTA seeks out new creative talent with short film initiative

BAFTA continued to showcase its dedication to short film last week, launching details of this year’s 60 Seconds of Fame initiative.

The competition, set up last year, aims to support and encourage the public to participate in filmmaking. Open to anyone over 16 years old and held in association with Orange, budding filmmakers are invited to submit a 60-second film based around the theme ‘Unite’.

The talents behind any shortlisted films will win two tickets to the red carpet awards ceremony in February. The overall winner will be chosen by a BAFTA jury and screened at the ceremony.

This year’s launch was supported by Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis, who will make his own directorial debut next year with Freezing Time. He said of the initiative: ‘I know how hard it is to get your foot on the filmmaking ladder. I’ve worked on a lot of effects-heavy films but you don’t need millions of pounds to make an entertaining feature. At the heart of it you only need a good idea, a camera and a passion to share your vision.’

Alex Garcia, whose Happy Birthday Granddad scooped the prize last year, revealed just how important the win had been for him: ‘Since our win, my creative partner Wayne Yip and I have filmed a music video for Domino Records and are now part of the BBC Film Network which has been screening our work. We were also lucky enough to make the Best of Brits ‘07, which took place in LA in October. In short, winning 60 Seconds of Fame has opened up many doors but, most importantly, opened our eyes to what awaits us if we work hard.’

Hattie Magee, Head of Partnerships at Orange, said: ‘Being able to offer the general public a chance to be part of the Orange British Academy Film Awards is fantastic. Whether you are shooting with a mobile phone or digital video camera, 60 Seconds of Fame is first and foremost about creativity, so we encourage everybody to take part regardless of their experience.’

The 60 Seconds of Fame site can be found at The deadline for entries is Friday 4 January 2008. This year the website includes filmmaking tips from such talents as Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and directors Alfonso Cuarón and Frank Oz.

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