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Winkleman to host Film Nation: Shorts awards

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by

Film 2012 presenter, Claudia Winkleman, is to host this year’s Film Nation: Shorts awards ceremony on July 4th.

Winkleman will preside over the handing out of 10 awards in categories from best animation (14 – 16 yrs old) to best fiction (20 – 25), culminating with Best of Film Nation: Shorts, which will be chosen from all 439 entries over the three years of the competition. The ceremony will take place at the BFI Southbank on July 4, 2012 and will feature a host of top film talent from both in front of and behind the camera.

The awards, which are presented by Panasonic in association with Creative England, mark the  conclusion of the Film Nation competition, which has been running since 2010 as part of the four-year Cultural Olympiad.

They take place just three weeks ahead of the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and offer winners the chance of having their short film screened at venues across the Olympic Park during this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. These screenings will be part of the London 2012 Festival, the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 as the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad.

About The Competition:

Film Nation: Shorts is a competition for 14- to 25-year olds, which forms part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad. Young filmmakers can submit a film of up to three minutes duration inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality. In addition to the Olympic and Paralympic values, young people have this year also been encouraged to make short films inspired by the theme of ‘Truce’, following a partnership between London 2012 and Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and ambassador Jude Law.

Filmmakers enter in a variety of categories from animated films to dramas, documentaries and experimental shorts. They are voted for online and the most popular shortlisted to be judged by a jury drawn from the best of the British film industry. This year the judging panel includes BAFTA winning directors Mike Leigh (Another Year, Happy Go Lucky, Vera Drake) and Asif Kapadia (Senna) as well as the Film 2012 presenter herself.

In addition to the competition, the Film Nation programme also offers young people the chance to attend workshops, master classes and Q&A sessions to broaden their understanding and interest in film. Since the start of the programme in 2010, over 3,500 young people have taken part in the sessions and 439 films have been received.

Visit Film Nation for more information and to watch submitted films.

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