Two of the biggest names in British film and theatre to judge Chiswick In Film Young Film makers competition

Images above: Michael Attenborough CBE; Colin Firth CBE, photograph Gage Skidmore

Colin Firth and Michael Attenborough to judge Chiswick new competition for young people

The Chiswick In Film Festival will be back this autumn – put the dates in your diary now: Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October, and this year we are involving young people, under the age of 18, in a film making competition.

Two of the biggest names in British film and theatre have agreed to be our judges and two highly proficient and successful exponents of the art of film making will be hands on, giving encouragement and practical advice throughout the film making process.

The Chiswick In Film Festival was started last year by The Chiswick Calendar in collaboration with Chiswick Cinema and two local film buffs – BAFTA award winning editor Andrea Carnevali and feature film creator and scriptwriter Rob Sprackling.

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Now that Chiswick once again has a cinema, the idea was to celebrate Chiswick’s involvement with the film industry by showing some of the films which have had sequences shot here, and to screen films made by some of the actors, directors and writers who live here.

This year we are building on the success of the first festival by adding a film making competition for young people under the age of 18 and we are delighted that Colin Firth, long term resident of Chiswick and star of many films and TV series (Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jones ‘s Diary, Love Actually, Mamma Mia! and most recently Supernova and Empire of Light) will judge the films for us, along with theatre director Michael Attenborough.

Michael Attenborough (son of Richard and nephew of David) is Director Emeritus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, having been Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, Principal Associate Director and Executive Producer of the Royal Shakespeare Company and directed plays at a number of theatres around the country.

“It is incredible to have the support of such renowned industry figures for our independent cinema and for the community of Chiswick” says Chiswick Cinema’s marketing executive Chris Parker.

“There is an amazing amount of talent in the local area. It is such an honour to have them involved and something we are really grateful for.”

The film makers competition is run in partnership with Fr Fabrizio of St Peter’s Church, Acton Green. The deadline for entries is midnight on Wednesday 13 September. The top three films will be screened at the Chiswick In Film Festival.

Image above: The three top films will be screened at the Chiswick In Film Festival

Entry Rules

  1. Films produced must be no more than five minutes in length.
  2. Films must be shot in or feature in some way Chiswick and its surrounding areas. It is up to you how you interpret this rule.
  3. Entries are welcome for those aged between 10 and 18 years old.
  4. Final films must be eligible for a ‘U’ for Universal, ‘PG’ for Parent Guidance or ‘12A’ rating and be provided in landscape format.
  5. Full release and waiver forms must be signed by a consenting adult (aged 18+) during the production of the film.
  6. Films of any genre will be accepted (Advertising, Animation, Artists’ Film, Comedy, Dance, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Fashion, Music Video, Thriller).
  7. All films must be English language, dubbed into English or subtitled in English. But they can also be mute or just contain music.
  8. The use or integration of any copyrighted material (either visual or audio: i.e. music, songs or famous paintings or film clips) will not be permitted. The applicants will be fully responsible for the clearance of all music or sound contained in their entry. The relevant section of the entry form must be completed to support this.
  9. We will accept submissions of films screened elsewhere or produced for other purposes providing they meet the other rules.
  10. The filmmaker will retain the copyrights for the finished short film.

Images above: Andrea Carnevali; Rob Sprackling

Supplying a professional sounding board for help and advice

Andrea Carnevali and Rob Sprackling are industry professionals who live in Chiswick, who will be on hand for help and advice if you have any film making questions, by email at throughout the competition.

Andrea is a film editor who has edited shows such as Who do you think you are? for the BBC and produced, edited and directed documentaries for ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and Netflix as well. Andrea regularly reviews films for The Chiswick Calendar. See his film reviews here: Chiswick Calendar film reviews.

Rob is the creator of animation movies for children Gnomeo and Juliet and The Queen’s Corgi, and cult comedy feature Mike Bassett: England Manager. He is currently writing and directing his  new animated feature film Flamingo Flamenco!

The two of them will be hosting a cinema drop in at Chiswick Cinema, in the Taycan Lounge on the second floor, on Friday 14 July from 3.30 – 5pm, where they will answer any questions in person.

“I am very excited to be running this competition for young people” Andrea told us. “It brings together two things I love – working with children and films. It’s the best combination. Children and young people have such spontaneity and enthusiasm, they have such creativity and a ‘no boundaries’ attitude. And they are much cleverer than we think they are.

“They have the skills to use mobiles and cameras. Their technical skills are miles ahead of what ours were. All they need is a good idea. The films don’t have to be very polished and if you have questions, get in touch. We are here to help.”

Rob Sprackling said:

“I am really looking forward to working with young people locally, encouraging them to develop their creative voices. They have the best imaginations anyway, it’s just about helping them shape and present their ideas.”

For all the details of the competition (including a copy of the release form, to be added soon) go to Chiswick Cinema’s website.