ASHLEY WALTERS LEADS SEARCH FOR UK’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG FILM MAKER, SUPPORTED BY DAMES JUDI DENCH AND HELEN MIRREN

Posted on 12 May 2014

The Cineworld Foundation and Media Trust launch Dream to Screen initiative to find the best in undiscovered UK filmmaking talent

Cineworld, the UK’s leading cinema chain, has joined forces with national communications charity, Media Trust, to launch Dream to Screen – the brand’s first ever short film project which aims to unearth young film making talent from across the UK and Ireland.

Fronted by acclaimed rapper and actor, Ashley Walters and supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation, Dream to Screen is a competition that will give creative 16-25 year olds the chance to see their own film up on the big screen at Cineworld cinemas across the UK.

To help them reach their creative ambitions, finalists will be mentored through Media Trust’s youth mentoring scheme by industry experts provided by BAFTA. The finalists will also win thousands of pounds worth of industry-standard equipment, contributed by the Jack Petchey Foundation, to produce their films and to use on future projects.

Ashley Walters, most famous for his roles in the film, Bullet Boy, Channel 4 primetime drama, Top Boy and hit BBC series, Hustle, said: “Dream to Screen is looking to support the next generation of film talent and, as a strong advocate for providing young people with opportunities, this is something I really respect and am proud to be part of. To be mentored by real professionals from the film industry provides these young people with an unparalleled platform to kick-start their career.

“The theme of the competition is ‘Inspiration’ so I’m really looking forward to discovering what inspires the nation’s young talent and urge any young person with an interest in film to get involved and apply.”

Britain’s leading ladies and Hollywood royalty, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren, have also got behind the project. Dame Helen Mirren will be joining the judging panel, and said: “Dream to Screen is an exciting opportunity for young people to showcase their ideas, creativity and brilliance! The scheme opens doors to aspiring young filmmakers from all walks of life, giving them the chance to pick up tips from industry experts, plus the chance to see their work screened nationwide! I’d encourage budding talent to apply!”

Dame Judi Dench highlights the value of the mentoring stage, explaining: “I whole-heartedly support Dream to Screen. When I began my career in 1957, I never went back to my dressing room between scenes but instead stood in the wings and watched how other people worked. I have always found this invaluable and the only way to learn about what we do. This is why mentors and initiatives like this are so very important.”

Wannabe filmmakers can get involved by submitting a 90 second short film pitch, based on the theme ‘Inspiration’ at www.dreamtoscreen.org between 7th May 2014 and 16th June 2014. Pitches can be shot on a mobile phone and no previous film-making experience is required – anyone with a passion and an idea is encouraged to apply.

Five finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, which include; actress, Dame Helen Mirren; actor, Ashley Walters; BAFTA chief executive, Amanda Berry OBE; UK and Ireland Sales Director for 20th Century Fox, Andrew Turner; BAFTA award winning film producer, Damian Jones; Cineworld’s Deputy Head of Film, Andreas Vass and Media Trust’s Creative Media Director & Deputy Chief Executive, Katie Lloyd.

On top of the once-in-a-lifetime experience to work with world-famous filmmakers, and see their film up on the big screens, the winner will receive ongoing support from the competition’s mentors.

Andreas Vass, Deputy Head of Film, Cineworld said: “The passion for film in the UK is stronger than ever before and there is an undoubted talent pool bubbling beneath the surface of this. This is why we have launched the Dream to Screen initiative. It will create a platform for young people who do not necessarily have access to the money or equipment, to showcase their talent and make their mark in the film industry.”

Katie Lloyd, Deputy Chief Executive, Media Trust said:“We’re proud to partner with Cineworld to reach out to a huge range of young people that might not normally have the opportunity to gain industry insight and expertise. Film is a powerful tool that can be used to encourage and inspire. To be mentored by top industry experts and have your film shown on the big screen, is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young talent.”

Jack Petchey CBE, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation said,“This is a fantastic opportunity for any budding filmmakers. Technology has allowed videoing and filmmaking to become very much part of everyday life, but this competition really gives young people the chance to take things to the next level. I look forward to being inspired by the films!”

Dream to Screen is supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation and is part of the Cineworld Foundation initiative, set-up to provide opportunity through film to help local communities and nurture young talent looking to make their way in the film industry.

To enter the Dream to Screen competition or to find out more information, please visit the website, www.dreamtoscreen.org.

Applications must be submitted by 16th June 2014.

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