The deadline for entering closed last week and we have been overwhelmed by the number, quality and spirit of the submissions we received. We would like to thank everyone who entered.
Picturehouse Members can vote for their favourite short film idea. More information.
Ever dreamt of seeing your film on cinema screens around the country? Well, now you can make that dream a reality – by entering the new Picturehouse Members’ Film Competition. Entrants might also get their short-film ideas read by some of the biggest names in the business, who will make up the judging panel. One lucky Member will win the chance to make their short film, fully funded, and to showcase it in the trailer reels before every feature film at Picturehouse Cinemas.
Director Asif Kapadia
The Picturehouse Members’ Short Film Competition judging panel comprises: Asif Kapadia (director, Senna, Amy), Barbara Broccoli (producer, Skyfall, SPECTRE), Danny Perkins (CEO of StudioCanal), Ben Roberts (director of BFI Film Fund), Kate Gardiner (head of Fox Searchlight UK), Tim Bevan (producer, The Theory Of Everything, Les Misérables), Tessa Ross (executive producer, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave), Clare Binns (director of programming and acquisitions, Picturehouse Cinemas), Gurinder Chadha (director, Bride And Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham), Edith Bowman (presenter), Lolly Thomson (McCann London co-president), Charles Gant (film critic, Heat, The Guardian) and Picturehouse Members.
Members can enter the competition by submitting a short treatment or script of 300–500 words, using the theme ‘belonging’ as inspiration. The final film must be no longer than two minutes long and the closing date for submissions is 29 April 2016. The film should also be suitable for a universal audience. The winning treatment will be fully funded by Picturehouse Cinemas, with the film being guided through production by creative agency McCann London, who will be offering their time, equipment and expertise to bring the film to the screen. And talking of screens, the winning film will play for several months in all 23 Picturehouse Cinemas! So if you’re a Picturehouse Member who is also a budding filmmaker, or if you’ve always had a great idea for a (short) film, this is the competition for you.
As well as discovering exciting new talent, the competition is designed to celebrate Picturehouse Members’ unrivalled passion for film. The contest is inspired by our motto – ‘Our Members Make Us’ – which highlights the defining and motivating force behind Picturehouse Cinemas: our Members.
“Our Members are truly integral to how we operate,” says Sara Frain, Group Marketing Director of Picturehouse Cinemas, “and this competition gives one lucky Member a great platform to showcase their talent. Lots of short films are made all the time, but the real challenge is getting them shown, particularly on the big screen. At Picturehouse, we can help with that last all-important hurdle. We can’t wait to see what our Members produce. We know they will rise to the challenge.”
Ben Roberts, director of the BFI Film Fund and one of the competition judges, says: “Having the chance to discover and support the best new film talent is always an honour and delight. I can’t wait to see what gems the Picturehouse Members have in store for us.”
Director Gurinder Chadha
The Picturehouse Members’ Film Competition judging panel comprises: Lolly Thomson (McCann London co-president), Asif Kapadia (director, Senna, Amy), Barbara Broccoli (producer, Skyfall, SPECTRE), Danny Perkins (StudioCanal CEO), Ben Roberts (BFI Film Fund director), Kate Gardiner (head of Fox Searchlight), Tim Bevan (producer, The Theory Of Everything, Les Misérables), Tessa Ross (producer, Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years A Slave), Clare Binns (Picturehouse Cinemas’ director of programming and acquisitions), Gurinder Chadha (director, Bride & Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham), Edith Bowman (broadcaster) and Charles Gant (Heat and The Guardian film critic).
Entries are officially open. Enter here.
Remember, you don’t need to create a finished film, we just want you to submit an idea. If your idea is chosen, we’ll help you bring it to the big screen.
A valid Picturehouse Membership card number must be included on your submission at the time of entry. The closing date is 29 April 2016. Entries are limited to one per Member.
Picturehouse Cinemas short film competition terms & conditions
The Promoter (as defined below) is offering the opportunity for one participant to have his/her script or treatment (“Submission”) based on the idea of “belonging” made into a short film to be shown in Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide and online.
By entering this competition (the “Competition”) you (the “participant”) agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
The Promoter of this Competition is Picturehouse Cinemas Limited, whose registered office is at Power Road Studios, 114 Power Road, Chiswick, London W4 5PY (“Promoter”). The Promoter’s Head Office is located at 7th Floor St Vincent House, 30 Orange Street, WC2H 7HH. The Promoter shall not be liable for any interruption to this Competition whether due to Force Majeure or other factors beyond the Promoter’s control.
1. The Competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or over only.
2. The participant must be a Picturehouse Cinemas Member at the time of submission. The participant’s Picturehouse Membership number must be supplied at submission.
3. Employees or agents of the Promoter’s Head Office or any of the Promoter’s group companies, or their families or households or anyone professionally connected to this Competition are not eligible to enter.
HOW TO ENTER & THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES
4. Submissions will be accepted from 10th February 2016.
5. Submissions must be submitted by 18.00 GMT on 29 April 2016 (“Closing Date”). Submissions received after the Closing Date will not be eligible for entry in the Competition.
6. To enter the Competition, participants must submit one script or treatment for a short film in the English language (such film to be no greater than 2 minutes duration) based on the idea of “belonging” (the “Theme”).
7. Submissions must be submitted online using the form available at http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/competition (the “Website”) and in accordance with any format requirements specified therein.
8. Submissions must not include or in any way contain:
a) obscene or indecent material, including but not limited to nudity, pornography or profanity;
b) defamatory content, including but not limited to words or symbols that are widely considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group;
c) threats to any person, place, business, group or world peace.
9. Submissions must not invade privacy or other rights of any person, firm or entity, and must not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations or network standards.
10. All elements appearing in a participant’s Submission must be entirely original, created by the participant. Submissions must not contain or reference any third party copyrighted works or trade marks and must not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.
11. Participants may only enter the Competition once. Duplicate Submissions will be removed from the Competition.
12. Only individuals shall be eligible to participate in the Competition. No third party entries, bulk entries or entries submitted by agents will be accepted.
13. The Promoter shall not be liable for any lost, incomplete or corrupted Submissions, nor shall the Promoter be responsible for any Submissions that are not received by the Promoter by the Closing Date.
14. The Promoter is offering one prize to the Winner (defined and selected as set out below). The Winner’s Submission shall be made into a short film to be shown, without any compensation to the Winner, in participating Picturehouse Cinemas nationwide, as well as online and on all media, on all formats whether now known or hereafter devised from the Closing Date and in perpetuity (the “Prize”). The short film based on the Winner’s Submission (“Short Film”) will be produced by McCann London and production costs will be paid for by the Promoter, up to a maximum of £20,000.
15. The Participant will receive a screen credit on the Prize.
16. No cash alternative shall be given. There are no alternatives to the Prize stated. The Promoter reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value in the event that circumstances beyond its control mean that the Prize as described cannot be provided. The Prize is non-refundable and non-transferable.
17. There will be no more than one winner (“Winner”) and one Prize.
18. Each Submission will be judged by industry luminaries and members chosen and appointed by the Promoter (“Judges”). The names and backgrounds of each Judge will be made available on the Website. Each Submission will be awarded a score out of 10 by each Judge based on its content, creativity and style in relation to the Theme. The participant who enters the Submission awarded the highest average score will be the Winner. Each Judge will have an equal vote, however in the event of a tie the Chairman of the Judges shall have the casting vote.
19. The Winner will be contacted by Friday 13th May 2016 by email and phone within 7 days of the Closing Date. The Winner will be required to confirm acceptance of the Prize in writing by no later than 7 days of the Winner being informed of his/her Prize.
20. In the event that the Winner is unable to accept the Prize within 7 days of the Winner being announced, is unreachable or ineligible the Winner shall forfeit his/her Prize and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the Prize to the next highest scoring participant in the Competition.
21. The Winner’s name and county of residence will be published on the Website and in participating cinemas.
22. By accepting the Prize, the Winner agrees to take part, without compensation, in any publicity relating to Competition including, without limitation:
a) to attend the launch of their Short Film;
b) to take part in any publicity including, but not limited to, television and/or radio interviews with trade and consumer press;
c) to be photographed by the Promoter for the purposes of promoting the Competition and the Promoter’s products; and
d) to participate in the Promoter’s other reasonable marketing and promotional activities.
23. By submitting his/her Submission, the participant assigns to the Promoter with full title guarantee all intellectual property rights in the Submission.
24. The Promoter shall have the right to use the Winner’s name, image, voice and likeness for any purpose in relation to the Competition in any territory, in any media and in perpetuity.
25. The Winner forever waives any rights of privacy, intellectual property rights, and any other legal or moral rights that may preclude the Promoter’s and/or McCann London’s use of the Winner’s Submission, or require the Winner’s permission for the Promoter and/or McCann London to use them for any purpose, and the Winner agrees to never sue or assert any claim against the Promoter’s and/or McCann London’s use of those materials.
26. The Winner agrees that McCann London shall be entitled to use and authorise the use of the Short Film in advertising and industry festivals and awards, in relevant competitions and for publicity/public relations as selected by the Promoter. Such use shall not give the Winner any right to claim compensation.
27. The Winner undertakes that he/she shall not at any time during the Competition or throughout the period in which the Short Film is shown by the Promoter, do any act or conduct him/ herself in such a manner which might bring the Promoter or McCann London into public disrepute or offend the community or public morals or prejudice the Promoter, McCann London or the Competition or otherwise adversely affect any advertising or promotional campaign, and undertakes and agrees to procure that he/she shall at all times throughout this Competition respect public conventions and morals.
28. The Winner undertakes that he/she will not at any time during the Competition or throughout the period in which the Short Film is shown by the Promoter, for any reason whatsoever, give any interview, provide any information or make any statement (collectively “Comment”), whether in writing or orally, to any person, television company, radio station, newspaper, magazine or other media organisation, website or internet service without prior approval of the Promoter. In any event, the Winner undertakes that he/she will not at any time during the Competition or throughout the period in which the Short Film is shown by the Promoter, for any reason whatsoever, give any Comment which is or can be construed as being defamatory, derogatory or disparaging of the Promoter, McCann London or the Competition or otherwise adversely affect any advertising or promotional campaign.
WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY
29. As conditions of entry, each participant warrants and represents that:
a) he/she owns all rights to the Submission he/she is entering; and
b) his/her Submission (i) is original, (ii) does not infringe the intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights or any other legal or moral rights of any third party, or violate applicable laws, regulations, or network standards, (iii) has not been entered in or won previous competitions, promotions or awards and (iv) has not been published previously in any medium.
30. The Winner agrees to indemnify and hold the Promoter and McCann London harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable legal fees) and liabilities brought or asserted by any third party due to or arising out of his/her Submission or his/her conduct during and in connection with this Competition, including but not limited to trade mark, copyright, or other intellectual property rights, right of publicity, right of privacy or defamation.
31. The Promoter reserves the right, at its absolute discretion, to disqualify participants who it considers to have not complied with any of these terms and conditions; or any participant who it reasonably believes has interfered with the fair running of this Competition.
32. The Promoter shall have the right, where necessary, to undertake all such action as is reasonable to protect itself against fraudulent or invalid claims and entries including, without limitation, to require further verification as to the identity, age and other relevant details of an entrant or claimant and before accepting a claim or entry as being valid.
PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION
33. Any participants’ personal information obtained in the course of the Competition will be handled in accordance with the Promoter’s Privacy and Data Protection Policy found https://www.picturehouses.com/Privacy.
34. Participants agree that their personal data will be shared with the Promoter and McCann London, and participants’ data will be collected, stored and processed for the purposes of administering and assessing this Competition.
35. Other than as set out in these terms and conditions or for the purposes of operating the Competition, the details and information provided by the participant when entering the Competition will not be used for any promotional purpose, nor shall they be passed to any third party.
36. The rules specified within the competition description form part of these Terms and Conditions and in the event of a conflict, these Terms and Conditions take precedence.
37. Nothing contained in these terms and conditions shall constitute an undertaking by the Promoter and/or McCann London to produce the Short Film or to use the Short Film or incorporate the whole or any part of the Winner’s Submission into the Short Film.
38. All the Promoter’s decisions relating to this Competition are final and binding. No correspondence about the Competition will be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions as required and any updated terms shall be available at the Website.
39. All participants take part in the Competition at their own risk and to the fullest extent possible in law the Promoter accepts no liability with regard to Submissions and the Prize whatsoever. The Promoter will have no liability in relation to the conduct of the Winner, nor in connection with any circumstances outside its control with respect to the Submissions and the Prize. The Winner shall be subject to the policies and terms and conditions of any and all third parties involved in the creation and fulfilment of the Prize.
40. The Promoter reserves the rights to vary these terms and conditions or cancel the Competition at any stage in the event of circumstances arising beyond its control.
41. By entering the Competition, participants will be deemed to be bound by and have accepted these terms and conditions. Failure to comply with these terms and conditions may result in disqualification from the Competition and forfeiture of the Prize.
42. As used herein, Force Majeure shall mean any reasonably unforeseeable act, cause, contingency or circumstance beyond the reasonable control of such party, including without limitation, to the extent beyond the reasonable control of such party, any governmental action, order or restriction (whether foreign, federal or state), war (whether or not declared), public strike, riot, labour dispute, act of God, public disaster or laboratory dispute.
43. This Competition will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. By participating in the Competition participants agree that any and all disputes regarding this Competition will be subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts.