Bafta Wales


18 June 12

Soho House Group announces the second year of the House Shorts film challenge

This June, Soho House is launching the House Shorts film competition, a
platform committed to discovering and developing the next generation of
film makers from the UK, USA and Germany. The competition's second
year, supported by Bombay Sapphire and BAFTA, will feature an
illustrious panel of judges including Harvey Weinstein, Paul Haggis,
Jessica Chastain and current House Shorts winner Sean Gray.

Ten film maker finalists will be given the chance to make a funded
"House Short" film over the summer of this year, before travelling to
New York this autumn where one will be crowned overall winner of the
competition. The winner of House Shorts 2012 will receive international
Soho House membership, plus a series of "money can't buy" private
mentoring sessions with each of the esteemed judging panel, providing
guidance that will potentially help shape their career. They will also
benefit from international exposure, as their film will be screened
across all Soho House cinemas worldwide, and receive support from the
House Shorts Industry partners; from BAFTA particularly with promotion
through; and from The Hollywood Reporter and Bombay

Soho House launched the House Shorts competition in 2010 with the aim
of encouraging emerging talent in film. Since winning in 2010, Sean
Gray has been working on the acclaimed US TV series Veep, the new
series of In The Thick Of It as well as his own BBC radio show iGod.
This year's successful finalist will be well placed to enjoy similar

The theme for this year's films is "Imagination". Aspiring film makers
should submit a 400-word pitch for a two-minute film, which must
reflect the theme, and be set and shot in one of the international Soho
Houses. Entries must be submitted via by 13th July

10 selected finalists will receive funding of £5,000 to make their
short film, with the winner chosen by a panel of industry experts from
across the globe, including:

• Twice Oscar winning screenwriter Paul Haggis (UK)
• Film producer and studio chairman Harvey Weinstein (USA)
• Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright (UK)
• Director, Writer & Producer Paul Greengrass (UK)
• Janice Min, editor of the Hollywood Reporter (USA)
• Oliver Berben of Constantin Film Productions (Germany)
• Christine Vachon Producer & Co-Founder of Killer Films
and Sundance Panellist (USA)
• Maike Mia Höhne, Short Film Programmer at the Berlin
Film Festival (Germany)
• Jessica Chastain - actress (USA)
• Current winner of the House Shorts - Sean Gray (UK)

We encourage our members to participate and to spread the word. For
more information or to submit a treatment of 400 words or less, please
go to

Entries close July 13, 2012.

Good Luck!!

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