Attention filmmakers: Curzon Soho is under threat and we need your help to save it.

Win the chance to make a short film that will be screened across London's top independent cinemas, plus the amazing opportunity to pitch a project to the UK's top distributor of independent films Curzon Artificial Eye and receive professional feedback - all while saving one of London's iconic cinemas.

CURZON SOHO UNDER THREAT

Curzon Soho is an icon of independent cinema in London and has recently been declared a 'surface of interest' by Transport for London, meaning that the much loved cinema could be destroyed to make way for Crossrail 2 developments.

The online petition to Save Curzon Soho is here.

Curzon Cinemas and Shooting People have joined forces to launch a new competition aimed at supporting new filmmaking talent. The competition asks new filmmakers to submit a treatment for a ninety second film to be made by the winning filmmaker and screened across Curzon venues and online to highlight the proposed plans to close Curzon Soho.


THE BRIEF

We're looking for a film treatment that will excite us, inspire us and bring together everything that Curzon Soho means to the people who love the cinema - the sense of community, the eclectic range of films and events, the director visits, the unique atmosphere and the heritage of Soho.

Submitted film treatments should be no more than two pages long, using image or video references where possible, and the finished film should be no more than 90 seconds long.

The film must highlight the plans to close the cinema, point people towards the online petition and show the film-making and film-watching community that enjoy the cinema on a daily basis.

We welcome all treatments - from the abstract to animation. Surprise us!

The deadline to submit your treatment is Monday 24th August at 6pm.

Winning filmmakers will then film, edit and deliver the films before Friday 2nd October.

THE PRIZE

The competition winner will receive:

  • production equipment and support from both organisations to create the film
  • a year’s membership to Shooting People 
  • a 2015 BFI London Film Festival student pass 
  • a session with the Curzon Artificial Eye acquisitions team to pitch ideas and receive further support in their career

A shortlist of five treatments will be drawn up and the winning entry will be decided by Shooting People and Curzon staff.

The four runners-up will receive a bundle of goodies including DVDs, posters and cinema tickets.

HOW TO ENTER

To submit your film treatment please email across to savethesoho@shootingpeople.org

Further information can be sought by contacting filmmakersclub@curzon.com


TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • The term 'new filmmaking talent' implies that participating filmmakers have not yet made a feature film
  • Shooting People and Curzon staff are not eligible to enter the competition
  • Submitted film treatments should be no more than two pages words and the finished film should be no more than 90 seconds long
  • The film must highlight the plans to close the cinema, point people towards the online petition and show the film-making and film-watching community that enjoy the cinema on a daily basis.
  • The deadline to submit a treatment is Monday 24th August at 6pm. No treatment received after that time will be considered for the draw.
  • The winner and runners-up will notified no later than Monday 31 August
  • Winning filmmaker(s) will be expected to make their own arrangements at their cost and responsibilty, (i) to edit their film (on their own software) (ii) to clear the rights for theatrical and online transmission including but not limited to music clearances and (iii) deliver the film before Friday 2 October 2015. Curzon will confirm the delivery format of the film to the winning filmmaker.
  • Curzon can offer full access to Curzon Soho for a location shot. Filming equipment will be loaned by Curzon and Shooting People if required subject to a prior execution agreement with Curzon and/or Shooting People.
  • The session with Curzon Artificial Eye team will be arranged by the Curzon Publicity & PR Team at a mutually convenient time within six months of the winner delivering the film
  • The winning film will be shared on the Curzon channels and screened in Curzon cinemas in the UK. The filmmaker grants Curzon any and all rights necessary for the exhibition of their film in cinemas and online. 
  • The winner filmmaker will be identified as the author of the film, credited and mentioned in conjunction with promotional activities for the film
  • The prize is as described. There is no cash alternative