Film the House 2020, Parliament’s annual cross-party film competition, is now officially open to entries.
Film the House is an annual Parliamentary-based competition sponsored by Tracy Brabin MP, Lord Clement Jones, and Giles Watling MP which aims to find the filmmakers and scriptwriters of tomorrow. Now in its eighth year, the competition was created to invite and showcase the best new UK talent in filmmaking. The competition also provides a fun and innovative way to highlight the importance of – and urgent need to protect – intellectual property (IP) rights in an increasingly digital age.
Each year, the best upcoming creators from around the country submit entries for a range of awards including Best Film Script, the Directors UK Award for Best Film Direction, and Best Short Film. Entries are shared with MPs and an expert industry panel of leading figures from across Britain’s creative landscape chooses the shortlist and finalists. The winners will be announced early next year, and prizes include private screenings, mentoring from film industry professionals, and classification of the winning films by BBFC as well as a cash prize.
Entries must be submitted by 16 November 2020, and while it has been a very difficult year in terms of filmmaking, we want to reiterate that there is no time frame in which films have to have been made in order for them to be eligible for the competition.
The competition enjoys widespread support from industry and is sponsored by the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), Directors UK, The Motion Picture Association, Netflix, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Helen Lederer, writer, comedian and 2019 Film the House judge, said:
“It was a pleasure to be part of a competition that helps celebrate up-and-coming British film talent. Creative competitions like Film the House are an integral way for new creators to get involved in the industry while at the same time highlighting the importance of IP to MPs and creatives alike.”
Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group and parliamentary sponsor of Film the House, said:
“Intellectual property is a vital way of making sure that creators are properly rewarded for the artistic works they produce. This is as true for film and other visual media as it is for books, fashion or music. Film the House is designed to highlight the importance we place in Parliament on IP and on good IP protection and enforcement. We hope that for their part creators will respond by taking part in Film the House and demonstrate the huge audiovisual and writing talent that we have in this country.”