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Screen East Launches Digibytes for new filmmakers

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Are you the next Tim Burton or Steven Spielberg?
Want to make a short film? – Screen East Launches Digibytes
The search is on to find the region’s most innovative filmmaking talent to make a £10,000 short film as part of the DigiBytes and Digital Nation short film schemes.
Regional Screen Agency, Screen East is looking for regional filmmakers with a great story idea and passion for a short filmmaking. The search is on to find talented writers, producers and directors to make anything from horror to comedy, animation to documentary. If you’ve got what it takes to make an award winning short film then they want to hear from you. This could be your big break.
The Digital Shorts scheme partners the UK Film Council New Cinema Fund to enable emerging talent to make short digital films with professional support. New Talent Executive, Sam Burton will offer expert advice throughout the production from concept to screen, and will organise industry preview screenings in London and at the Cannes Film Festival. Sam Burton says: “DigiBytes and Digital Nation are a great opportunity to make a short film with professional support and training. We’re looking for talented filmmakers with enthusiasm, an original vision and impressive ideas for the big screen to work with us this year.”
Screen East will be choosing eight projects for development, and producing five of those films after the development period. Four films with a cash budget of up to £10,500 and one film with a cash budget of up to £15,000. In addition, a sixth film will be commissioned under a new animation strand 4Mations.
Digital Nation (formerly Digital Shorts Plus) is an opportunity to join a nationwide talent pool and participate in an extensive tailored development process designed to hone your script and your filmmaking talent. At the end of the development process, six films will be selected to be made at budgets of between £18,000 and £20,000.
Who can apply?
* Filmmakers living or working full time in the East of England
* Writers or writer/directors with a story idea
* Directors or animators with an example of their work, looking for a story
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* People from other fields – e.g. digital artists, games designers, TV – who want to make a short film
* An established team (writer and director, or writer, director and producer)
* Anyone else who is creative and has a strong idea for a short film.
* Producers looking to produce a short film – you may have produced a short film before, or maybe you work in another discipline, such as television or radio, or theatre.
What you will need to apply:
* Completed application and monitoring form
* A short biography (no more than one page of A4)
* Story ideas – an A4 one-page outline, a 25 word summary of your story idea and a previous example of your work (if applicable)
* A mock up image or graphic of how you see a publicity poster of your film (you do not need to be a great artist!)
* Directors – a showreel (if applicable) or production photos (if applicable)
* Producers – a short biography and an example of your work (if applicable)
For full information on how to apply visit the Screen East website www.screeneast.co.uk and go to the Digital Shorts page.

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