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BBC New Music Shorts 2008

Entry Information

The entries have now closed for the BBC New Music Shorts scheme.

We were looking for dynamic, up and coming film makers, 18 years old or over, who had some previous film making or programme making experience.

Ideas needed to narrative driven and could be for anything from a music promo, a short drama or even a documentary. Your idea had to prove how you’ve been inspired by this particular piece of music.

Your film idea needed to use the music throughout but the music could be edited to suit your piece. See last year’s film 50 Years and A Few Puss Kittens Wiser for an example of this.

The length of your film could be anywhere from the duration of the song to up to ten minutes long.

All films had to be realisable within eight weeks and achievable on a maximum budget of up to £5,000.

How could you enter?

You needed to choose one of the music tracks provided and explain your film idea as inspired by that track. You could only enter one idea.

To enter, we asked you to fill in an online application form, where you were asked to explain your idea in more detail including;

  • * A pitch of 200 words or less, where you made clear how the idea relates to your chosen track


  • * Details on how you would realise your idea in 300 words or less. You had to explain how it would be realisable within eight weeks and on a budget of up to £5,000

To complete your application you needed to provide evidence of previous film making or programme making experience by sending us an example of your work (on DVD or PAL VHS).

What happens next?

Entries close midnight on 7 July.

All entrants will be advised by email no later than 28 July if they have been shortlisted or not.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their idea to a panel of judges on a date between 28 July and 8 August (final date TBC).

Up to three film makers will then be awarded commissions to make their films with the assistance of Warp Films.

The winning films will be premiered live and online at BBC Electric Proms festival, 22-26 October 2008.



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