Short films inspired by London 2012

A short film competition is aiming to find new talent across the UK to screen as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The best entries to the competition, which is aimed at 14-25 year olds, will be screened at London venues during the 2012 Games, on the official Olympics website and at giant screens across the UK.

Each short film entry must not be longer than three minutes and must celebrate one of the Olympic and Paralympics values – respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration. There are no rules on what genre the film can be and organisers are expecting a mix of documentaries, drama and animation.

Entries will be judged by a special panel, which will include BAFTA winners Mike Leigh, Asif Kapadia and BBC Film 2012 presenter Claudia Winkleman.

The main idea behind Film Nation is that it will provide youngsters with a great chance to showcase their work and provide support via a series of special free workshops aimed at teaching them about new digital film techniques.

Ruth Mackenzie, director of the London 2012 Festival, said: "The film programme for the London 2012 Festival not only showcases the UK’s leading talent but importantly, when the eyes of the world are on us, gives a platform for young and emerging filmmakers to showcase their work on a world stage."

Running alongside the Olympics, the Cultural Olympiad is aiming to celebrate the best of the UK's arts and highlight the country's strong wealth of talent. There is a whole host of events taking place across London as part of the project and there is certain to be something that will appeal to those staying in central London hotels.

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