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    Receiving the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film, MIKE by AJ Riley - the winner of the 2012 Three Minute Script Competition - Murray Woodfield (Executive Producer), Petros Silvestros (Director), Matt Nelson (Producer) and Lucian Charles Collier (Mike)

    Following up on their previous successes the UK Film Festival 3 Minute Script Competition 2014/15 is now receiving submissions. 

    The final deadline has now been extended to January 30th 2015. But from February 1st 2015 the 2015 competition begins so don’t despair if you miss this deadline. 

    Again this year the UK Film Festival is teaming up with Irresistible Films to co-produce the making of our 3 Minute Script Competition 2014 winner. Please see beneath these Competition details for information on the making and the subsequent success of the films made from our 2 previous 3 Minute Script Competitions.

    The Prize - The winning script will be made into a film as in previous years.

    This will be again be a co-production by Irresistible Films and the UK Film Festival who are combining again to continue the quest to unearth new talent.

    (It is worth noting that the 2012 winning script MIKE by AJ Riley went into production and won Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival Generation 2014 and as well as being chosen for broadcast by Channel 4 has been in 11 top festivals around the world.  We are also excited to announce that the 2013 winning script A CONFESSION by Andrea Allen is about to be launched on the festival circuit.  This has been produced by the award winning team of director, Petros Silvestros and producer, Matt Nelson and associate producer Murray Woodfield. Watch out soon for a very exciting announcement about A CONFESSION.

    In addition to the the winning script being made the top 3 Scripts will also be read by Susie Wright for Channel 4′s Creative Diversity.  The very best film or films from the festival (as happened last year) may be considered for potential inclusion in an episode of Channel 4’s Shooting Gallery. 

    Submissions  can be made through www.filmfreeway.com or you can send your entry by post or by email.  The postal submissions should contain a cheque in British Pounds made payable to the UK Film Festival for the £20 admin fee and should be sent to:

    UK Film Festival

    3 Minute Script Competition

    35 Harrington Gardens


    London SW7 4JU

    If you wish to email the script please contact  murray@ukfilmfestival.com to arrange a payment method and to email the script.

    Terms and Conditions: Before submitting your screenplay, please be sure it meets the following requirements and that you accept the conditions:

    1) All entries should be in English and be between 2 and 3 pages in length (or a little over) in the industry standard format. This does not include the title page. (If you are new to film writing and do not know the format there are many free script writing programs on line including Celtx)

    2) If submitted online the file should be named as Title and Author. (e.g. Brilliant Title by Yaw Name)

    3) All scripts must be original screenplays, for which the applicant(s) hold the copyright. Where the screenplay is based on another piece of work it is the responsibility of the screenplay writer to obtain written permission/copyright clearances from the original author or publisher.

    4) The winning screenwriter may be asked to work in partnership (online if need be) with the producer, script editor and/or director with regard to possible changes if the script is selected to be produced.

     The winner of the 2013 Three Minute Script Competition  “A Confession” (originally “The Reckoning”) by Andrea Allen is now in post-production.  This brings together the same production team that made our last year’s winning script “Mike” into the first British Film ever to win the Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival  2014 – the 64th Berlinale. It is also to be broadcast on Channel 4.  

    We intend to continue this success with our future script winners. Get writing!


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