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The H Collective launches ‘if24’ – A unique competition that could see your short film turned into a feature

if24 is a very interesting opportunity for anyone who thinks they’ve got a great film idea that’s just waiting to jump from being a short film into a feature and, best of all, the competition is open to everyone thanks to The H Collective.

This global competition is the first of its kind, and it also features a free ticketed London film celebration (more on that in a bit) but if you’re already asking ‘How Do I Enter?!’, well anyone with a mobile phone, anywhere in the world can submit their short film online via the following link www.if24.london but you’ll want to read on to get all the right info.

The competition will take place in four cities – London, TokyoShanghai and Los Angeles where it meets its conclusion in September. The four finalists from each city will be brought together for a premiere of their work and the overall winner of if24 2018 will be announced, and one film will be made into a feature by The H Collective and a team of Hollywood’s leading producers and filmmakers.

Are they looking for any particular ideas?

Kind of, they want people to bring to life the theme of ‘24’ – whether it is the theme, the runtime, or a recurring motif. Twenty-four is the number of hours in a day and the frames per second that motion picture film is usually projected at.  Consequently, submissions will be open for 24 days (May 7th to May 31st), the maximum runtime for all films is 2 minutes, 40 seconds and the budget for the winning project will be $2.4 million USD. Just a few quid then.

Voting will take place from June 7th to June 10th.  All submissions will be streamed online and via social media in June, giving a global audience the chance to vote on their favourite film entries: www.if24.london

Specifically, the London winner, chosen from the public and jury vote and announced at the if24 festival on July 7th will then jet off to LA to compete in the grand finale!

What’s this if24 London Festival you spoke about?

The if24 London festival will kick off on Friday July 6th with an exciting launch gala taking place at 10 Trinity Square Private Members Club  in London. This evening will include a drinks reception with filmmaking talent, celebrities and brand partners, featuring an intimate performance by the remarkable London Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, who will give an exclusive recital of iconic musical moments in film.

The competition announcement, hosted by the awesome Edith Bowman, and film festival will take place at the Hackney Picturehouse on July 7th, featuring a programme of screenings, Q&A’s and workshops. The full programme will be released in June when registered applicants can apply for a free ticket to their chosen screening. Edith had this to say:

“I am so excited to be heading up the jury for the inaugural if24 Film Festival in London as we go in search of the great filmmakers of tomorrow. Who knows, this could be the first sighting of the next Mike Leigh, Lynne Ramsey, Ridley Scott or Amma Asante.”

The weekend will also incorporate the announcement of the winning short filmmaker as presided over by an illustrious panel of UK filmmakers and industry professionals including screenwriter, Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass), producer, Paul Webster (Atonement, Eastern Promises) and executive producer, Jan Harlan (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Shining). 

Film fanatics from around the UK will have the opportunity to book free tickets to the festival through the London if24 website  www.if24.london

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