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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Filmmakers - 14 Islands Film Challenge

I have recently been exposed to a lot of short films made by some very talented people in the UK. It has been nearly a month since The Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge launched at the beginning of October as an online filmmaking competition. This national short film contest, dubbed 14IFC, is searching for 14 of the best film directors in the country to fly over to The Bahamas in 2010. Once there the directors will each stay on their own island for 14 days to create a short film of any genre and style with the help of local residents. 14IFC will climax at a red carpet BAFTA showcase in London, where a Grand Prize Winner will be awarded with £14,000.

Any filmmaker keen to get involved should sign up as soon as possible and submit their personal details, a 500 written treatment based on a local hero (dead, alive or fictional) and of course a 3 minute example/showreel of their filmmaking. The deadline for submissions is midnight Saturday October 31, from which point a panel of judges will select 42 semi-finalists to create a film out of their submitted treatments - the prospective 14 finalists will then be selected from this group based on the "quality and content of their local hero short films".

14IFC is a project that I am working on directly as a freelancer and I am taking much interest in the films that are being submitted via the official website. I have to say that the films coming through are incredible -- some are phenomenal. Below are a few examples of the films being displayed on the website, which demonstrate the high calibre of filmmakers taking part in this contest and indeed the range of talent that exists in this country.


One of these examples was deemed too explicit to feature on the website and so I am lucky to present this showreel almost as an exclusive. This first piece by Conscian Morgan, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing and immaculate pieces of film uploaded to the website so far and really is some hard hitting footage:

Uzong Films



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A fascinating excerpt from a 'Guerilla Gardening' documentary by Roland Hancock:



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A hilarious showreel by Kevin Curtis.....get ready:



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Cutting edge. Welcome to the next generation of UK Directors....

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