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UCLan invites entries for unique film competition

05 April 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Lancashire film festival gets underway

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is looking for wannabe film makers to take on a unique challenge for the chance to see their work screened at a Lancashire film festival.

The LIFE Film Festival 100 Hour Challenge asks budding film makers to produce a film in a 100 hours flowing a brief that will be revealed at the start of hour one. A shortlist of the best films will be screened at the Continental Pub on Sunday 14 April as part of the annual Lancashire International Film Festival hosted by UCLan. The overall winner will receive £100.

It is the second year that the University will host the competition as part of the successful Lancashire International Film Festival that began in 2010. The festival will be held from the 12 – 14 April and provides a combination of new screenings, master classes, pitching opportunities, the chance to network and work with other filmmakers and to enjoy films as a film fan.

“It is the second year we have run this unusual challenge which only allows for a very short amount of time to produce work and asks the film maker to be creative under pressure; last year we received some impressive entries.”

Lancashire International Film Festival Creative Director Ric Michael from UCLan’s School of Journalism and Digital and Communication commented: “The competition is aimed at aspiring film makers from Preston who are keen to make a short film.

“The North West is a great place to make and produce films and this festival allows people to meet well known film makers and other like-minded people. It is the second year we have run this unusual challenge which only allows for a very short amount of time to produce work and asks the film maker to be creative under pressure; last year we received some impressive entries.”

The competition is open to anyone with an interest in film and people without a crew will be assigned to a production team during the briefing on Monday 8 April at 1.20pm at UCLan’s Media Factory room 210.

People who can’t make the briefing can register their interest by emailing lifepreston2013@gmail.com to receive the information. The finished work has to be submitted by 5.30pm on Friday 12 April. Details of how to do this will be given in the brief.

All entries will be shown at UCLan on the 13 April before the shortlisted finalists’ screening at the Continental. The competition will be judged will be Chris Leonard, Mandy Langton, Linda Sever and Stephen Place who teach Film Production at UCLan. For more information about the challenge email lifepreston2013@gmail.com