Calling All Budding Filmmakers to celebr8 Diversity

Calling All Budding Filmmakers to celebr8 Diversity

Aspiring scriptwriters and film makers are being given the opportunity to pitch their ideas and concepts to some of the region’s leading film experts, with a winner from Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire having their film produced professionally and premiered across the region.

The winning films will be shown at a regional premiere in September 2008 and then screened at cinemas across the region. The deadline for entries is 23rd July 2008.

The celebr8 competition is open to individuals, community groups, students or anyone who feels they could be the next Richard Curtis, Russell T Davies or Ken Loach. The competition is part of the celebr8 (don’t discrimin8) festival of diversity and will highlight the cultural, social and economic benefits diversity brings to the North West.

Entrants are asked to submit a script or piece of creative writing which can be turned into a short film, lasting no longer than three minutes, illustrating ‘What diversity means to me’. The entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the world of film and TV as well as key diversity and equality champions. Five finalists will be chosen: one from each of the region’s counties of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire, Liverpool and Cumbria, with one overall winner.

Christine Burns MBE, Chair of the North West Equality and Diversity Group, commented: “The North West has always had such a rich and diverse cultural heritage and is famous for its vibrant creative community. This competition is a platform to explore people’s thoughts and feelings about diversity, stimulate debate and raise awareness of the benefits equality and diversity brings to our region. I can’t wait to discover what people within the region have to offer us, and to see the responses this competition will generate.”

celebr8 and Stockport Arts Team will host workshops across the region in June for budding film makers offering first class tips and guidance from professionals on scriptwriting, acting and production. Further details can be found at or by contacting the Stockport Arts Team on 0161 474 4453/4454, or

celebr8 on the Silver Screen information and entry packs can be downloaded free of charge from, or to can be requested by calling 0161 238 9422 or emailing

Further information on equality and diversity is freely available at and


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