Last chance for local filmmakers

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Aspiring local filmmakers have a chance to see their ideas up on the silver screen as the deadline approaches to apply for the Quad Shorts 2 film commission.

The commission will fund up to five pieces of film or moving image by artists and filmmakers from Derby, Derbyshire and the East Midlands. Applications need to be received by Wednesday, November 30.

Proposals are invited for short films that are three to five minutes in length with the theme of Heroes, inspired by the 2012 Olympics.

Each of the five selected commissions will receive a production budget of up to £5,000 and the completed films will be screened in Quad as part of the ID Fest film festival in May 2012.

Successful applicants will also recive support for Script Development, Project Mentoring and a professional Producer for each film as part of the commisssion.

Full details and guidelines to apply can be found at: www.derbyquad.co.uk/quadshorts/quad-shorts-information-pack

Previous winners of QUAD Shorts Film Commission in 2009 have had international success with their films. This Side Of The After Life and The Cake was one of five winning commissions in 2009.

This Side Of The After Life, by Adam & Joe Horton, screened in Prague, Toronto, Colorado and at Raindance Film Festival. The Cake by Esther Richardson has been selected for Moscow International Film Festival, Rushes Soho Shorts and is also one of the UK finalists for the Women in Film and Television International Short Film Showcase.

Both films will also eligible for entry to BAFTA and if selected will be part of an international line-up of films that will tour the world.

Adam and Joe Horton said: “Quad’s short film commission was a massive opportunity for us and has given us a huge boost in terms of allowing us to show audiences and producers what we can achieve.” Esther Richardson said of her film, ‘The Cake’, “I probably would not have made it if QUAD’s Short film commission had not supported me.”

Keith Jeffrey, Quad chief executive said: “Quad Shorts 2 film commission aims to support the work of film makers in the East Midlands by commissioning new work to develop skills and talent within the community and to help them develop a professional career.

“Quad aims not just to show a programme of quality films in QUAD cinema but also to nurture talented film makers in the region who could be those film makers of tomorrow.”

For further information on the film commission, e-mail quadshorts@derbyquad.co.uk