Ultra-Short Challenge

988 Films

An ‘ultra-short’ filmmaking challenge supported by Channel 4 has been launched as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

9.88 Films invites filmmakers, from across Scotland, the UK and the Commonwealth to submit a film of up to 10 seconds on any theme, using any form of moving image.

The challenge has been inspired by the current Commonwealth Games 100m record of 9.88 seconds – one of the most compelling sporting events on the planet – and aims to show how great moving images can captivate audiences in the same way.

Though 9.88 Films has been inspired by sport, films can be on any subject or theme including sport and use any form of moving image.  Anyone resident or born in a Commonwealth country or territory can enter.

Whether you’ve made a film before or not, all you need to get started are a camera and an idea. Organisers will consider all entries on an equal basis. To take up the challenge visit: 9point88.com.

A jury of high profile film industry talent will be judging the entries. Jury members are confirmed as:

•   Paul McGuigan (Director, Gangster No.1, Lucky Number Slevin, Sherlock (BBC adaptation) and forthcoming, Frankenstein, featuring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.)

•   Iain Smith OBE (Producer: Children of Men, Cold Mountain, Alexander, Planet of the Apes, Seven Years in Tibet, The Fifth Element)

•   Beeban Kidron (Director, InRealLife, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason)

•   Christopher Young (Producer: The Inbetweeners Movie and Channel 4 series)

•   Menhaj Huda (Director, Kidulthood)

•   Coky Giedroyc (Director: The Hour, Spies of Warsaw, Carrie’s War, What Remains)

•   Robert Florence (Writer, actor and comedian)

•   Nick Holt (Director/Producer: The Murder Trial, Between Life and Death)

•   Ruth Paxton (Director Paris/Sexy, Baroque, Nevada and one of Canongate Books’ 40 Scottish Storytellers of The Future, 2013)

Stuart Cosgrove, Director of Creative Diversity at Channel 4 will chair the jury.

The challenge has been set in motion, with films created especially for 9.88 by a number of leading figures in the UK film industry.  Films from director and critic Mark Cousins, filmmaker and visual artist Ruth Paxton; Stu Thomson (director of Danny MacAskill’s viral hit Imaginate), award winning Scottish filmmaker Morag McKinnon (DonkeysI Am Breathing) and more are available to view at 9point88.com. Jurors Robert Florence and Christopher Young have also contributed films for the launch.

Jurors will choose three winners, as well as awarding a special student prize (students will still remain eligible for the main awards). Prizes will include the opportunity to be screened on Channel 4 and at screening events around the Games, as well as filmmaking equipment.

Stuart Cosgrove, director of creative diversity at Channel 4 and chair of the jury panel for 9.88 Films said:

“Recent years have seen ultra short forms of content – tweets, GIFs and ever shorter films – become an accessible form of mainstream communications. We wanted to take that idea and show that short form doesn’t limit creativity or the creation of great works of art, and that making films can be simple and unintimidating.

“We’re hoping to discover some great new talent via 9.88 Films and show the world what can be done in just 10 seconds. Just like the 100m final – ultra short films can be truly captivating.”

Eileen Gallagher, Independent Director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen’s Baton Relay Committee, said:

“9.88 Films is a fascinating part of the Cultural Programme which will inspire and challenge anyone who wants to make a short film to captivate us in the same time as the 100m Commonwealth Record. Film makers of all abilities and from every Commonwealth country can take part making this one of the most exciting and accessible projects which make up the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.”

The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

The production of the 9.88 films challenge is being led by interactive entertainment specialists Chunk, with marketing and PR led by Bright Signals and Waterfall PR respectively.

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