Calling all young film makers!

Budding young film makers are invited to show off their skills and win the opportunity of a work placement with a film production company, thanks to a competition launched by Business Disability Forum.

The not-for-profit membership organisation launched its 10 day film challenge as part of its annual film festival taking place on 18th June 2019 in London and hosted by KPMG. Now in its third year, the competition showcases new talent through the screening of films which challenge assumptions and show different and thought-provoking perspectives on disability.

Each year, festival guests include senior representatives from leading names in business including, BBC, Barclays, Sainsburys, ITV, Royal Bank of Scotland, BT, Shell and GlaxoSmithKline.

Over the years, the competition and festival have acted as a launch pad to greater success within the film industry, for many previous winners and finalists.

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The 2018 1st place winning entry, ‘Kenny Rei and the Spicy Ladies’, which shows a day in the life of a man with ADHD, was recently named winner of the ‘educational’ category of the Picture This… Film Festival in Canada.

Oliver Lam-Watson, the 2017 2nd place winner went on to film disabled athletes at the World Para Athletic Championships in London.  

Speaking about the competition, Oliver said:

“It was a great way to challenge myself and also was a great opportunity to get exposure for a topic that really means a lot to me. It was also amazing to be recognised for the stories I tell and the videos I make.”

This year’s young film makers are being asked to produce and submit a short film (5 to 10 minutes long) in answer to a specific question about disability and identity. The question will be issued on Friday 22nd March, and entrants will then have 10 days to submit their entries (deadline Sunday 31st March).

Entries can be by individuals or teams. The challenge is open to all students and graduates. Business Disability Forum particularly welcome films featuring cast or crew with disabilities, but this is not a requirement for entry. Films can be of any genre. Entries will be judged by a panel of leaders from film, business and disability. Register by 22nd March on their website.

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