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60 Seconds of Fame for 2008

30 October 2007

Details of ‘60 Seconds of Fame’, an exciting, innovative short film initiative from the British Academy of Film & Television Arts in association with Orange, were announced today.

30 October 2007.

60 Seconds of Fame was launched by BAFTA and Orange in 2006,and attracted more than 250 entries. This year, budding filmmakers are invited to submit a 60 second short film, based on the theme ‘unite’. BAFTA juries will choose the shortlisted films in each of the 15 UK regions and the public will vote for their favourite film in their area. The winner from each region will win two tickets to the red carpet event of the year, the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 10 February, 2008. The overall winner will be chosen by a BAFTA jury and announced at the ceremony. The winning film will feature as part of the BBC One broadcast of the event.

The purpose of '60 Seconds of Fame' is to support creativity and to actively encourage the public to participate in the filmmaking process. The website supports the film-loving public by giving them the tools and technical guidance to create their own short film. Anybody aged 16 and over can enter. The ‘60 Seconds of Fame’ site at went live today and the deadline for entries is 5pm on 4 January, 2008.

Last year’s winner of '60 Seconds of Fame' was Alex Garcia, for his short film ‘Happy Birthday Granddad’. Alex comments: “Since our win, my creative partner Wayne Yip and I have filmed a music video for Domino Records and are now part of the BBC Film Network which has been screening our work. We were also lucky enough to make the Best of Brits ‘07, which took place in LA in October. In short, winning ‘60 Seconds of Fame’ has opened up many doors but, most importantly, opened our eyes to what awaits us if we work hard.”

Supporting the initiative is actor Andy Serkis, (The Lord of Rings trilogy and Sugarhouse), who will be making his directorial debut next year with Freezing Time.

Andy comments: “I’m delighted to be involved with ’60 Seconds of Fame’ as I know how hard it is to get your foot on the filmmaking ladder. I’ve worked on a lot of effects-heavy films but you don’t need millions of pounds to make an entertaining feature. At the heart of it you only need a good idea, a camera and a passion to share your vision.”

Amanda Berry, BAFTA Chief Executive, said: “At the Orange British Academy Film Awards we celebrate the very best in filmmaking from across the world and ‘60 Seconds of Fame’ offers everyone in the UK a chance to attend the ceremony and be part of the event.

“On the website - - there is information to help aspiring filmmakers develop creative ideas and produce great films. New for this year is our top tips section where leading filmmakers, who include Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Directors Alfonso Cuarón and Frank Oz, give their tips for making a short film."

Hattie Magee, Head of Partnerships at Orange, commented: “Being able to offer the general public a chance to be part of the Orange British Academy Film Awards is fantastic.
Whether you are shooting with a mobile phone or digital video camera, ’60 Seconds of Fame’ is first and foremost about creativity, so we encourage everybody to take part regardless of their experience.”

Notes to Editors

For more information:

Press Enquiries / Orange
John Parker or Naomi Li at M&C Saatchi:
Tel: 0207 544 3855/3687
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Press Enquiries / BAFTA
Vicky Grayson or Johanna Fernihough at Freud Communications
Tel: 0203 003 6300
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]


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South West - Plymouth
West - Bristol
South East - Tunbridge Wells
East - Norwich
West Midlands - Birmingham
East Midlands - Nottingham
North West - Manchester
North East - Newcastle
Yorkshire - Leeds
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire - Hull
Northern Ireland - Belfast
Scotland - Glasgow
Wales - Cardiff

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