London, UK – The red carpet is rolling out for luminaries of the British film industry on Monday 4th June to celebrate the achievements of the country’s aspiring filmmakers at Cobra Beer’s second annual CobraVision Awards.
The CobraVision Awards will be presented by June Sarpong (Channel 4’s T4 presenter) and Martin Freeman (The Office; The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), and take place at Britain’s home of film, the BFI Southbank.
Last year The CobraVision Awards was attended by top film industry names including Oscar-winning actress Brenda Blethyn (Pride & Prejudice), director Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean), Dexter Fletcher (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), producer Stephen Woolley (Little Voice) and Oscar-winning director Stephen Frears (The Queen).
The top 20 films of Cobra Beer’s short film competition, CobraVision will be showcased on the big screen and two runners-up and an overall winner will be named and honoured with prizes including trips to India and a share of £12,000 cash.
CobraVision, the ground-breaking 50-second short film competition has been running since 2005. It gives up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to get their film shown on national TV as part of Cobra Beer’s sponsorship of ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 movies. Entries are judged by a panel of leading film experts from The Times, the National Film and Television School, Film London, Adobe, Aardman Animations, Film Review and Little White Lies magazine.
This year, CobraVision is working with its partners to create a visually spectacular interactive exhibition and networking event before and after the official ceremony. Major film organizations such as Film London, Shooting People, Raindance Film Festival & Blowback magazine will create novel exhibits to get people interacting and talking. Chic lingerie brand Madame V will also be bringing a touch of glamour with an interactive film noir exhibit. As well as showcasing the top 20 films, the ceremony will also include commentaries from the top 10 filmmakers about their films as well as interviews and insights from British film talent and industry experts.
Adrian Wootton, CEO of Film London and member of the CobraVision judging panel comments: “CobraVision demonstrates its commitment to providing filmmakers with a relevant opportunity to showcase their work. I am a delighted to be on the judging panel of CobraVision as it continues to be an initiative which supports and encourages creativity and filmmaking in the UK.”