Last November Sofa.com launched a student animated film competition titled ‘Filmed with Happiness’. Anyone who is studying or working in film making, animation or television is invited to submit a short film (15-30 seconds long) for children, based on the theme of "happiness".
The winner gets £3,000 in cash - and the chance to boost your profile with a little help from the sofa.com PR agency. There are also three runner-up prizes of £1,000 each. The deadline for submission is 31st March, and - perhaps most interesting of all - one of the judges has recently been confirmed as Peter Jackson, he of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.
|Peter Jackson is on the judging panel|
As well as the first prize of £3,000, three runners-up will also win a £1,000 cash prize.
Here at Bucks we strongly encourage our students to enter film competitions, not just because it's awesome to win, but because the process of taking part will teach you so much. You learn project management, working together as a team, and how to make a film with a practical, client-focused outcome. All of which is to say, it will help you raise your game and become a working professional.
You can find full details of the competition here:
(Editor's note: For more on the mechanics of group projects, see this post. To see how a short film gets made, read this piece here. Having trouble getting your story figured out? Read this post on storytelling. )