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Enter the 2017 Film the House competition for filmmakers of the future

Nigel Adams MP, Member of the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the All Party Film Group, and Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Vice Chair of the All Party Intellectual Property (IP) Group, are delighted to head up the 2017 Film The House competition in Parliament.

Date 09/05/2017

Film the House is a competition run by MPs to find the filmmakers of the future. It also raises awareness of the importance of protecting IP rights among creators, legislators and the general public.

The creative industries are one of the United Kingdom’s biggest success stories – contributing about £10 million per hour to the UK’s economy. So it is essential that creators know their rights and that parliamentarians can knowledgably consider the industry and the almost 3 million people who work in and around it when debating any new legislation.

According to the British Film Institute, the UK film industry contributes over £4.6 billion to the UK GDP and supports over 117,000 jobs.

The Film the House competition invites filmmakers to enter their original material to their MP, who will choose one entrant per category to represent their constituency. A national industry judging panel then will preside over choosing the finalists and winners, who go on to have their work screened in Parliament. Winners will receive prizes which may be equipment, work experience, professional advice from writers and industry experts and/or a screening of their film.

The Film the House competition has huge cross-party support and is a great way for parliamentarians to engage with the UK’s grass-roots creative future, as well as providing the creative community with a way in which to communicate directly with their MPs in a fun and unusual way, emphasising the importance of protecting IP within the political agenda.

Applicants can apply via www.filmthehouse.co.uk

The timeline for this year’s competition is:

Applications deadline: 30 September 2017

Awards in Parliament: 6 February 2018

What supporters of IP and the competition are saying:

Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the All Party Film Group:
“As the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Film Group, I recognise the importance of Intellectual Property: it enables filmmakers and scriptwriters to earn recognition and/or financial benefit from what they create. It is hard to think of a service, product or activity which in some way does not depend on IP. I believe that the IP system must aim to create an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.”

“I would urge you all to enter the Film the House short film competition as it is a great way of getting wider exposure for your films.”

Lord Puttnam, Producer of Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields:
"The UK has always been a hotbed of cinematic talent, which is why it’s crucial to constantly remind legislators of the importance of protecting and supporting this rich cultural economy. Film the House is an imaginative Parliamentary competition which manages to be fun whilst  giving young creatives an opportunity to engage with their MPs, win fantastic prizes and all the while promote the importance of intellectual property rights. Those rights are the seed corn of your future; that being the case, I can only urge every would-be filmmaker to give it a go!"

Adrian Hodges, scriptwriter for My Week with Marilyn, The Musketeers, Primeval:
“For me, as a writer of original Television and film screenplays, the value of an IP is impossible to overestimate. A hit show might be worth many thousands of pounds in future income, but if I don’t own or retain a share of the IP, all that revenue goes to people who
didn’t, at the end of the day, create the show. Losing an IP in perpetuity is like losing a pension and potentially just as disastrous for writers.”

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