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BFI & Intermission Film are running a film trailer editing competition for the forthcoming re-release of Horace Ové’s landmark feature PRESSURE (1976). Hailed as Britain’s first black feature film, PRESSURE is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

PRESSURE has been restored by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Previously very hard to see in cinemas, this vital partnership allows us to bring this key, Black British film to the big screen to be (re)discovered by audiences.

Entrants will submit a 30-90 second trailer for the re-release, after which three shortlisted entrants will be offered free in-house mentoring and training with Intermission’s award-winning editorial and production team to craft and polish their trailer, alongside a bursary of £500. These trailers will then be judged with the winning trailer spearheading the BFI re-release campaign for PRESSURE this coming autumn, ahead of its release on 17th November.

The winner will also receive an additional £500 and a fixed-term position with Intermission to work on future projects and further their career.

No experience is required to enter the competition, and they encourage entry-level applicants to take part. The final fixed-term position at Intermission will be an entry-level role. Applications close on Wednesday 28th June 2023 at 5pm.

They are pleased to be working with sector leading partners BIFA, The Kusp and Ghetto Film School to seek out new creative talent. As well as Ninja Tune Production Music who have kindly provided tracks for the competition.


  • Application deadline Wednesday 28th June 2023 at 5pm.
  • Three shortlisted entrants will contacted by the end of July 2023.
  • The shortlisted entrants will be invited to come in-house to Intermission Film for free mentoring and training at their London office, as well as receiving £500 each. This will be for one day a week, for three weeks in August – three days in total.
  • The winner will be offered an entry level full-time fixed-term position at Intermission in Autumn 2023.
  • Horace Ové’s feature PRESSURE release Friday 17th November 2023.


  • The trailer must not exceed 1GB in size
  • The trailer must not be shorter than 30 seconds, or longer than 90 seconds.
  • The music must only be chosen from the music selection provided by Ninja Tune Production Music, or the picture provided. You may record your own voice over or your own music if you wish.
  • All entrants MUST be the SOLE EDITOR of their own trailer.
  • The feature file must ONLY be used for the trailer editing competition. The file MUST NOT be shared with any third party or shared online.
  • Please only use the assets they supply for your entry’s edit.
  • Entrants can use any editing software. Please note they do not provide editing software for entrants to use.
  • Three shortlisted entrants will be offered in-house mentoring and training with Intermission, alongside a £500 bursary.
  • Entrants must be available to attend Intermission’s offices for mentoring/training. They can be flexible with dates/times to suit the entrant’s other commitments.
  • Travel bursaries are available upon request. If successful, they can discuss your travel and access requirements.
  • They regret that they are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications, but all applicants will receive either a declination email or an invitation to the next stage.
  • No experience is required to enter the competition, and they encourage entry-level applicants to take part. The final fixed-term position at Intermission will be an entry level role.
  • The competition is open to students, so long as they are able to commit to a full-time fixed-term position in Autumn 2023, should they be successful.
  • Intermission and BFI are committed to ensuring that they support applicants from a range of backgrounds and they encourage applications by those currently underrepresented in the industry.
  • You must be a UK resident to apply.


Entrants must submit an interest form via the Google Form HERE in order to receive the full feature for their edit.

Once entrants have completed the edit of their trailer, they must submit their MP4 file (H264 or equivalent) via the Google Form HERE.

If you have any questions, please email and they will get back to you as soon as possible. In the spirit of fairness, please note that they are unable to give informal feedback via this email but are happy to answer any questions you may have.


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