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Kermode and Mayo launch Well Done U and give amateur film-makers the chance to screen their film in front of a cinema audience

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo are launching a short film competition today.

Date 19/06/2015

‘Well Done U’ offers the opportunity for the winning film to be shown at a central London cinema as part of special outside broadcast of the UK’s biggest film show, Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, plus an official BBFC classification certificate.

BBC Radio 5 live film duo Kermode and Mayo are asking budding film-makers to send them their original short films which should be no more than 2 minutes long and meet the BBFC’s U classification.

This year’s competition is part of the BBC’s Get Creative initiative, a year-long campaign to encourage people to get involved in the arts and feeds into BBC Arts ‘Genius of British Cinema’ season.

This time around the age for entrants has been lowered to thirteen, something Simon Mayo really pushed for.

“What impressed us most last time we ran the competition was the sheer breadth of styles and genres that were entered. We had everything from slapstick comedy to silent arthouse to animated comic book adventures. In fact, the only thing our shortlist had in common is that they were suitable for all audiences. And with the age limit this year being just 13 we’re really looking forward to seeing what our young filmmakers can create.” says Simon.

Mark Kermode says: “The standard of entries in the first year of Well Done U was very high and we’re hoping that we reach those heights again this year. The sheer creativity on show was staggering.”

BAFTA award-winning director Amma Asante will join the pair for the final round of judging.

Amma, who won critical acclaim with Belle, says: “I’m really looking forward to judging this year’s competition. We may be seeing the first film of someone who goes on to direct features; winning Well Done U would be a great calling card for aspiring filmmakers. Most of all I hope people simply have a go at making a film.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 28th August 2015 at 6pm.

Entrants can visit bbc.co.uk/welldoneu to access support and inspiration from Get Creative champion, Into Film. Supported by the BFI through Lottery funding, Into Film is a film education charity that helps young people aged 5-19 across the UK with filmmaking watching and understanding.

There’s also the chance to develop skills throughout the competition process by watching Into Film’s ‘How to’ video guides, covering tips on how to direct, frame and light a film.
bbc.co.uk/welldoneu also includes all the information you need to enter the competition as well as terms and conditions.

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For press enquires and interview requests contact BBC Radio 5 live publicist Michelle Eagleton michelle.eagleton@bbc.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

• In February, GET CREATIVE - a year-long celebration of British arts, culture and creativity designed to encourage participation in the arts was launched in partnership with cultural movement What Next? as well as a huge range of arts, cultural and voluntary organisations across the UK. The BBC aims to provide context through original, fresh discussion and perspectives and is the biggest investor and creator of original arts and music programming. http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts.

• Entrants will be asked to submit a film that meets the BBFC’s U classification. For more information on these guidelines, please visit: bbfc.co.uk/what-classification/u

• More information on BBC Arts ‘Genius of British Cinema’ season can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre

• For more information on Into Film visit http://www.intofilm.org/about

• More information about the BFI can be found here http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi
 

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