Opportunity | Lifetime launches shorts competition for women filmmakers

Reposted from Women in Film & Television UK 

A+E Networks has launched a short-film competition in partnership with Women in Film & TV UK, to celebrate and promote the work of women behind the camera. The inaugural Lifetime Shorts competition – part of A+E Networks’ global initiative Broad Focus, which aims to find, develop and mentor future talent in the entertainment industry, with a specific focus on women – is open to all UK-based female filmmakers (directors, writers and producers) who have created original shorts of no more than five minutes’ duration.

WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont said: “A+E Networks’ new competition is exactly what we want to support, promote and celebrate. It is a powerful commitment from a global broadcaster to encourage genuine diversity in filmmaking. It will give a wide-reaching platform to some of the fantastic array of new and aspiring talent that we know is out there. We’re really looking forward to working with A+E this year and beyond on the Lifetime Shorts Competition.”

Heather Jones, General Manager UK at A+E Networks, added: “This Lifetime Shorts competition is the latest pillar in A+E Networks’ Broad Focus campaign, providing aspiring female producers, writers and directors with a platform to showcase their work. We’re thrilled to join forces with WFTV, who share our aim of celebrating and supporting a range of female voices, and we’re looking forward to seeing an exciting range of submissions.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from across the film and TV industries, including director and WFTV patron Gurinder Chadha, actress and producer Michelle Collins, director Destiny Ekaragha, WFTV Chair and producer Cassandra Sigsgaard and A+E's Heather Jones, with the seven winning films being shown on A+E Networks’ Lifetime channel in the UK at the end of 2016 and showcased at an exclusive winners' screening in central London. One overall winner will receive a cash prize of £10,000 with the six runners-up receive cash prizes of £1,000.

For more information and to submit your shorts, visit the Lifetime Shorts website. The deadline is 16 October.

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