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Now in its ninth year, TCM Classic Shorts competition has proved to be a valuable search for new British film making talent as well as providing an effective launch-pad for the careers of its past winners. Through this non-commercial venture, TCM is able to invest supporting and new talent and is proud to take an active role in nurturing the classics of the future.
The annual short film competition is held in conjunction with The Times BFI London Film Festival and is open to entries from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The £10,000 prize money is split between the winner and the two runners up.
Since its inception the competition has been lucky to attract key figures from the film industry who have dedicated their time to helping judge the final films. Past judges have included Bernardo Bertolucci, Gurinder Chadha, Richard Eyre, Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Hugh Grant, Neil Jordan, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Ismail Merchant, Jonny Lee Miller, Anthony Minghella, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Alan Parker, Stephen Poliakoff, Sally Potter, Lord Puttnam, Ridley Scott, Iain Softley, Imelda Staunton, Kate Winslet and Stephen Woolley.
The competition culminates in an award ceremony held as part of The Times BFI London Film Festival when the six short listed films, selected by the judging panel, are screened. Past years have seen Ewan McGregor, Anthony Minghella, Helen Mirren, Gurinda Chadha, Michael Caton Jones and Imelda Staunton all attend to offer their personal congratulations to the winners and present them with their awards and prize money. The finalists are also interviewed by TCM and the footage is then broadcast on the channel during a special TCM Classic Shorts weekend, when the short listed films are shown, and also at The Times BFI London Film Festival.
Several of TCM Classic Shorts' previous winners have gone on to achieve BAFTA success with their work and many have made the move from directing and producing short films to working on feature films, documentaries, television, music videos and commercials.
Open to the public
Length-up to 20 min; Never aired before on TV; If the film is not in English the film should include subtitles; must have been made after September 2007
There are no entry fees associated with this festival
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