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From Page to Screen

20 January 13 words: SarahTaylor
Create a short film inspired by flash fiction for the Bridport Film Festival

'Filament' one of the shortlisted sixty second films from last year
A Flash Film competition run by creators of the internationally acclaimed Bridport Prize is looking for entries from budding filmmakers aged under 25.  This is a brilliant opportunity for up and coming moviemakers to showcase their work with the winning film and shortlisted films being shown on the big screen during Bridport's Film Festival.  It is free to enter and requirements are that the entire film is no longer than just 60 seconds and that it has been adapted from a named literary source.
Inspired by the Flash Fiction category of the literary award, the competition is called From Page to Screen.  It celebrates the relationship between books and films and aims to inspire encourage and recognise the film adaptation of literature.  Flash Fiction itself is a relative newcomer to the Bridport Prize, which also includes Poetry and the Short Story.  It can be defined as a short piece of writing up to 250 words in length.  Last year's judge, novelist Patrick Gale, described it as the love child of poetry and the short story.  Although for this Flash Film Competition, entrants may adapt any named literary source, Flash Fiction lends itself particularly well as it is already a very condensed piece of narrative.  The six winners of the 2012 Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction are available to read on the website for inspiration, including 'Popping your Cherry' which is by a certain Nottingham-born writer -  *ahem* -  and has a distinctive Nottingham flavour to it if I don't mind saying so myself.  These Flash Fiction stories have the advantage of being ready to run with and adapt as they have the authors' permissions for free use.
The 2013 Bridport Film Festival is being guest curated by Joe Dunthorne this year who will also judge the competition. It is running between 10 - 14 April and promises to be an exciting celebration of film with screenings, discussions and workshops with guest speakers from authors to directors to screenwriters to film academics. It is definitely the place to see and be seen for budding screenwriters and filmmakers.  The winner and those shortlisted will enjoy the publicity related to the festival including having their work promoted on the festival website, the opportunity to have their work shown on the cinema screen and the opportunity to discuss their work in public at a special Flash Film event.  Entry to the Flash Film competition is free but hurry because the closing date for submissions is 24 March.
Full details of the Page to Screen competition here

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