The Jameson First Shot short film competition, which gives talented up-and-coming filmmakers from South Africa, Russia and the USA, the chance to work with Kevin Spacey as creative director, will also this year give winners the chance to work with Hollywood legend Willem Dafoe.
After the success of the first year, in which more than 5.6 million people worldwide viewed the three winning films via www.youtube.com/jamesonwhiskey, the competition will aim to discover another three exceptional writer/directors from the same three countries: South Africa, Russia and the USA in 2013. Each winner will once again receive the opportunity of a lifetime to direct a major Hollywood star in his short film with the backing of award-winning production company, Trigger Street Productions.
However, in an exciting new development to the competition for its second year, winners will not only get to work with acting legend Kevin Spacey in his role as creative director, but they will also get the chance to direct the incomparable, double-Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe in their short film.
Scripts needed by 1, January, 2013
Talented filmmakers looking for their big break need to submit a script of no more than seven pages via www.jamesonfirstshot.com by 1 January, 2013. Inspired by one of three themes: "legendary", "humourous" or a "very tall tale", all submitted scripts will be judged by an expert team, including Kevin Spacey, Willem Dafoe and Dana Brunetti, president of Trigger Street Productions. The judges are looking for freshness, originality, good structure and, above all, a great story.
Once all scripts have been submitted, a shortlist will be chosen and each shortlisted candidate will be required to showcase their flair for filmmaking further by submitting a director's treatment of the script and a piece of footage based on a provided scene from Trigger Street Productions. Once all entries and submissions have been extensively reviewed, the three winners will be chosen company.
Kevin Spacey commented: "In the first year of the competition we found three outstanding filmmakers and as a result we made three incredible films. Everyone's expectations are extremely high for the second year so the entrants for 2013 have a lot to live up to and, if it's possible, they have even more pressure on them to write a great story and direct an amazing film. We know the prize we're offering is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; now we need to find the talents who are worthy winners. Willem is going to be a fantastic addition to the First Shot team and I can't wait to see what people write for him - I hope entrants come up with something completely unexpected."
For full details on how to enter plus exclusive videos and tips from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, go to www.jamesonfirstshot.com
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