150 Filmmakers sign up for 2.8 Days Film Challenge

Winning film to be screened across Everyman cinemas

Eager filmmakers, totalling 150, are relishing the challenge to write, shoot and finish a film in less than three days, during 18-20 November, 2011.

Left Eye Blind, in conjunction with Trinity Leeds, the one million sq ft retail and leisure destination opening in Leeds city centre in spring 2013, launched the project just 10 days ago and have been inundated with aspiring filmmakers keen to take part in the competition.

The young filmmakers of the future will form 35 teams in total for this weekend’s challenge, which is being held in Leeds. The pioneering film initiative is a collaboration between Trinity Leeds, the UK’s only new shopping and leisure destination being developed, Everyman Cinema, which will open its first cinema outside London in Trinity Leeds, and film production company Left Eye Blind.

Left Eye Blind co-founder Matt Maude said: “We expected this to be a popular challenge as we know from our own experience that there is a hunger from young filmmakers in the region, however, the speed at which the news spread and which the places filled up was astonishing.

“This is adrenaline filmmaking at its best. It’s no secret that the future of funding for British film is uncertain at the moment and this is a great example of how private business can support grass roots, independent filmmaking.”

Claire Reynolds, marketing manager, Trinity Leeds, said: “The project has taken on a life of its own! It was great to have Trinity Leeds HQ packed full of film makers getting ready for the challenge this weekend.

“Film will play an important role at Trinity Leeds, as it will be home to the first Everyman cinema outside London. Everyman’s chain of boutique cinemas is widely known for screening independent film and world cinema, alongside major releases, and we’re delighted to be working with them and Left Eye Blind on this innovative project.”

Over the course of three days, the teams will take up the challenge to make a short film lasting no longer than two minutes and twenty seconds over a period of 2.8 days. Industry professionals, including Jo Adamson, casting director from Northern Spirit Creative, will lead workshops covering different aspects of the filmmaking process, and will mentor participants as they create a brand new short film.

The films will be judged by industry experts, including Barry Ryan of Warp Films’, the studio behind the critically acclaimed This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes and Four Lions, influential film producer Howard Dawson, formerly of Film Lab North, and Everyman Media Group CEO Andrew Myers. A people’s choice award will also be selected.

The winning film will be showcased at Everyman cinemas across London as a trailer at the start of a major movie. The winners will be announced at a special, public screening event in Leeds during spring 2012.

The competition will take place in Leeds on 18, 19 and 20 November, 2011.