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Entries open for Jameson First Shot 2015

The Jameson First Shot film competition, in partnership with Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions, is seeking gifted and undiscovered filmmakers from around the world with compelling stories to tell to participate in its 2015 edition. The three talented winners will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their scripts developed into short films, starring Adrien Brody in the lead role.

The winning shorts will be premiered in LA with the acclaimed team in attendance.
The Jameson First Shot competition offers filmmakers the opportunity to break into the industry. Knowing how difficult this can be, Kevin Spacey sees it as his duty to help young talent and says: “If you’ve been successful at the career you wanted to have, it’s your obligation to spend a good portion of your time sending the elevator back down.”

Dana Brunetti, a renowned producer who will be making the winners’ films with his experienced crew, concurs: “Any time you can open a path for people who actually have talent to demonstrate, it’s a wonderful thing. Hollywood doesn’t have a monopoly on talent”

Adrien Brody will play the lead in this year’s winning films. His own journey from unknown actor to Oscar-winner was far from easy, making him a natural match for the competition.

“Jameson First Shot affords talented writer/directors an important gift,” says Brody, “the confidence to exercise fearlessness and the opportunity to materialise their dreams.”

Due to the overwhelming response to 2014’s competition; Jameson is expanding to give more unearthed talent the chance to enter their work. Entrants living in the UK, Ireland, India, Australia and Canada, in addition to SA, Russia and the US, are now eligible to enter.

The competition is open to entries from the 3 November and the rules, including length and theme, can be found at The Jameson First Shot film competition website.

Source: Screen Africa 5 November 2014

NFVF Quarterly Call for Application Submissions

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling on the next quarterly submissions of applications for funding in the areas of training, marketing and distribution support, script development and production financing. Deadline date for applications is the 5th of December 2014.

All applicants are advised to carefully study the criteria and submission requirements in all areas for which funding is being sought. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered for the following quarterly meeting of council.

The following categories will be considered for production and development funding:

Documentaries

Features

Short films

Television concepts

The following categories will be considered for training applications:

International Bursaries

Trevor Jones Scholarship

Training Provider funding

The following Marketing and Distribution categories will be applicable for applications:

Marketing and Distribution, which entails funding for print and advertising for independent DVD distribution.
Film Festival, which provides financial support to individuals or organisations to host local film festivals which create a unique offering for the industry

All applications must be hand delivered or posted to the NFVF at 87 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg, 2198. No e-mail submissions will be accepted.

To download the applications forms, click here:

To view the funding criteria for all the categories, click here:

The deadline for applications is the 5th of December 2014. Please note the foundation will inform applicants of the outcome of the applications in March 2015.