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Saturday, 10 October 2009

14 Islands Film Challenge

The Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge is a particularly exciting project, which I am lucky enough to be working on directly as a freelancer for Brik Digital and Fox Kalomaski.  Anyone who makes films and is looking to get into the industry - and anyone who simply loves watching films - should pay close attention.

The 14 Islands Film Challenge is seeking the best rising talent in UK filmmaking and is encouraging filmmakers of all styles and genres - including documentaries - to upload an example of their work and sign up to take part in an amazing competition. The challenge will send 14 finalists to the main 14 Islands of The Bahamas, where each filmmaker will create their own film on their own Island in 14 days, with the help of a local team of Bahamian residents (who will look after each filmmaker during their stay and become their crew).

The 14 Islands Film Challenge has been launched by top director Bharat Nalluri (Spooks, Hustle, Life On Mars, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) who will lead the judging of a Grand Prize winner of £14,000.

The initiative is in partnership with The National Film and Television School and The Bahamas Tourist Office and will culminate in a 'red carpet' showcase event next March at BAFTA!

What filmmakers need to do is to sign up at, register your details, upload an example or showreel of your work (3 mins max), provide a written treatment for a 2-3 minute short film based on a local hero (which in stage 2 of the challenge, will be created) and finally choose which of The 14 Islands of The Bahamas you would like to film on (so do your research on the site and give a good reason why!).

The deadline for the challenge is October 31st 2009, after which the panel of Judges will select 42 semi-finalists to create their short 'local hero' films. From this, 14 finalists will be selected to go to The Bahamas in 2010.

I have seen some of the entries and they are amazing, there is going to be some tough competition so sign up now! As I said, even if you love films, keep checking the website because all the films will be made available for viewing as from next week. Did I mention the competitions, which include a 14 night holiday in The Bahamas? I'm going to be seeing the number 14 in my sleep for months......

Bharat Nalluri Introduces The Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge:

The People of The Bahamas:

We've had some great coverage so please check out the sites below. A special thanks to Miss Cakhead for being such an awesome Social Media Guru:

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