Jude Law and Jeremy Gilley launch new aspect of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad short film competition
Actors and filmmakers Jude Law and Jeremy Gilley joined London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Director Ruth Mackenzie at the London 2012 Get Set Network secondary school Petchey Academy in Hackney to encourage young people to make short films inspired by the theme of ‘Truce’ for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad short film competition Film Nation:Shorts.
In partnership with Panasonic and with funding from the National Lottery, the Cultural Olympiad project Film Nation:Shorts launched in March 2010 and invites 14-25 year olds to create short films that celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration. The project gives film-makers the chance to get their work showcased at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and ambassador Jude Law have teamed up with London 2012 to launch a new strand to the competition, where young people are encouraged to make short films inspired by the theme of ‘Truce’. Whether it be making a short film about young people’s own experience of a truce with friends or family, how a truce either past or present has inspired them or made a difference to their lives, or what a global truce in 2012 would mean to them personally, London 2012 with Peace One Day are looking for films with inspiring stories.
This is the start of a collaboration between the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Peace One Day, and more details on further initiatives will be announced in 2011.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad, said: ‘I’m delighted to be launching this new strand to Film Nation: Shorts with Jeremy Gilley and Jude Law from Peace One Day. It is a pleasure and an honour to be collaborating with them and it is already clear how much we can achieve together. This project is providing opportunities for young people across the UK to develop their skills and make great pieces of work and I hope they will be inspired by the theme of ‘Truce’, and the passion Jeremy and Jude bring to the project. Thanks to the support of our partners Panasonic and the Olympic Lottery Distributor, Film Nation:Shorts is a programme will deliver a powerful message about our intentions to put young people and their creative power into the heart of the 2012 Games.’
Jude Law said: ‘Today, on Peace Day, we’re delighted to be working with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad to issue a call to action for young people to change the world through creativity and the power of film. Peace One Day is already working with young people across the world, and our collaboration with London 2012 is a great opportunity to engage with young people in a creative way.’
Jeremy Gilley said: ‘Working in film not only develops technical skills, but also creativity and storytelling. It’s an extremely powerful medium and watching a film or documentary can be an inspiring and moving experience – it has the power to change perceptions and actions. We’re delighted to be collaborating with London 2012 on this exciting project.’
The first film to be entered into the competition was made by pupils from the Petchey Academy in Hackney. The secondary school was selected to host the launch of the project as an exclusive reward because it is a member of the Get Set Network. The network is a reward and recognition scheme for schools and colleges across the UK who have demonstrated a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic Values as part of Get Set, the official London 2012 education programme. The pupils’ film was introduced by Jeremy Gilley and Jude Law at the launch and can be viewed on the Film Nation:Shorts website here www.filmnation.org.uk/watch.
Olivia Cole, Petchey Academy Headteacher said: ‘Our students have had a fantastic, unique experience making this film, considering the theme of truce and expressing it through film for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. As a school in one of the Host Boroughs being a member of the Get Set network is really important to us. The experience of making the film and meeting such talented film makers is a really memorable and exciting reward for our students who are living the Olympic and Paralympic values in school every day.’
Submissions for this year’s Film Nation:Shorts awards are open until 1 October 2010 and the competition culminates in a special national award ceremony each year to highlight the best new film making talent, with the first ceremony in December 2010. The Film Nation:Shorts competition will be run each year until 2012 with the ‘Truce’ theme opening in October 2010 for the second round of the competition.
Winning films will be shown on the Film Nation:Shorts website www.filmnation.org.uk and on the London 2012 Live Sites - a network of big screens across the UK located in Bristol, Cardiff, Middlesborough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Waltham Forest, Bradford, Derby, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Swindon, Edinburgh, Leicester, Dover and Woolwich. A selection of the best ‘Truce’ films will also be shown at Peace One Day’s ‘Peace Day Celebration 2011’ which will be a major music driven concert at the O2 arena on 21 September. The best of the films from the 3 rounds of the competition will be screened at the iconic venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London 2012 to an audience of millions.
A unique nationwide programme of free workshops will give young filmmakers the chance to meet professional film-makers and acquire new skills in film-making techniques using the latest state-of-the-art Panasonic equipment under expert tuition.
Confirmed workshops for 14-19 year olds from September to November will take place in Hay-on-Wye (as part of Hay Festival of British Cinema), Dundee (as part of Discovery Festival), London (as part of the Times BFI London Film Festival), Kent (as part of International Filmmaker Festival), Wolverhampton (as part of the Flip Animation Festival), Sheffield (as part of Sheffield Doc Fest), Derry (as part of the Foyle Film Festival) and Bristol (as part of the Encounters International Short Film Festival). Workshops for 19-25 from September to November will take place in Manchester (as part of Abandon Normal Devices), Brighton (as part of the Student Film Festival Awards), Kent (as part of the International Filmmaker Festival), London (as part of the Times BFO London Film Fiestival),. Birmingham (as part of the Black International Film Festival), Sheffield (as part of Sheffield Doc Fest), Bristol (as part of Encounters International Short Film Festival) and Brighton (as part of Cinecity).
More information on forthcoming workshops and how to register can be found at www.filmnation.org.uk
David Bonney, Head of Advertising and Sponsorship at Panasonic UK, commented: ‘We are delighted to be supporting such an exciting initiative like Film Nation: Shorts which aims at developing young people’s film making skills. As a company which was founded on the principle of Peace through Prosperity we are particularly pleased that the new theme of Truce will be communicated by the young film makers taking part.’
Rt Hon Dame Janet Paraskeva DBE, Chair of the Olympic Lottery Distributor said: ‘Film Nation:Shorts is a great way to invest National Lottery funding in the creativity of young people. With the addition of the new theme of truce we are pleased it is also fostering greater understanding amongst those that take part and those that watch their films.’
Film Nation: Shorts is delivered in partnership with Panasonic, Screen West Midlands, First Light and 104 films with funding from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor. Visit www.filmnation.org.uk for more details.