Make a Short Film, Win Cash Prizes

By David Halse, posted 20 November 2006

A new short film competition with a difference is giving film enthusiasts in Greater Manchester the chance to win cash prizes, get their films screened at a gala event, meet leading industry names and win a place on a prestigious video school to take their skills further. The BigStoryLittleFilm competition challenges you to make a five-minute film based on something from the Bible.

It could be a story, a theme, a character, a passage or even a word – it’s up to you. You might want to relate the Bible story to your own experience, or stage an up to date re-telling, make a documentary or an animated film, do street interviews, a drama or comedy, make a pop video, advert, thriller, its your choice. From cinema’s earliest days, film makers have found that the stories, themes, characters, images, and mystery of this amazing book has inspired them to re-tell different aspects of it, from historical epics to contemporary drama.

What kind of film will the Bible inspire you to make? You don’t have to be religious, go to church, or know the Bible – just put your passion for film together with the Bible and see what happens. To find out how to take part, go to You don't even have to have made a film before, even a home movie. In fact, there are two prizes for beginners, so we are encouraging you to have a go for the first time – that’s why BigStoryLittleFilm is not open to professionals. But if you live in or attend university/school in Greater Manchester and are just bursting with ideas, passion and any excuse to use a Mini DV camera, we want to hear from you.

Entries to be submitted by 1 April 2007.

Prizes are:

Best Film to win £500
Best first time film-maker under-18 to win £250
Best first time film-maker to win £250
Best School entry to win: £250

All nominated filmmakers will win a place on a prestigious VIDEOSCHOOL production and editing course.

Prizes will be presented at a leading Greater Manchester cinema on 9 June, 2007.

Entrants are also invited to submit a 60 seconds ‘Blooper Reel’. The best 6 will be screened on the night and given a prize by a live audience vote.

Watch out for details of some amazing judges and guests, and for news on more prizes!

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