Two days to make a film from scratch in 2 days

Halifax film-maker shortlisted for a national award. Picture shows Matt Maude.
Halifax film-maker shortlisted for a national award. Picture shows Matt Maude.
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A HALIFAX director’s film company is launching a movie-making challenge.

Up to 150 aspiring film-makers will attempt to write, shoot and finish a short film in less than three days as they take part in Left Eye Blind’s 2.8 Days Later project.

It is funded by Land Securities, who are behind a major new shopping development – Trinity Leeds – and is supported by Everyman Cinema, which will open a “boutique” cinema within the new complex when it opens in 2013. Matt Maude, Left Eye Blind co-founder and recent winner of the Kirin First Cut Short Film Competition, said: “This is adrenaline film-making 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 film-making.”

Participants will work in small teams to produce a two-minute 20-second film in 2.8 days, mentored by industry professionals.

Their efforts will be judged by a panel including Barry Ryan of Warp Films, the studio behind This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes and Four Lions, influential film producer Howard Dawson, formerly of Film Lab North, and Everyman Media Group chief executive Andrew Myers.

The best film will be showcased at Everyman cinemas across London as a trailer at the start of a major movie.

Winners will be announced at a public screening in Leeds next spring.

Claire Reynolds, marketing manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “Leeds is the birthplace of film. Louis Le Prince, considered by many film historians to be the true father of motion pictures, made the first short film in 1888 in Leeds, and this project is all about tracking down today’s undiscovered talent.

“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 project.”

The challenge begins tomorrow and last until Sunday.