Last night, photographer and director Rankin and Nokia brought together famous faces and emerging talent from the film industry to premiere films from the first year of Collabor8te, a scheme set up to support aspiring filmmakers.
Rankin’s experience in film led him to recognise the lack of support for new talent in the industry. In 2011, he decided to invest personal funds through Rankin Film Productions partnering with the production company, The Bureau and Dazed & Confused, to launch Collabor8te.
Nokia is sponsoring the second year of Collabor8te and celebrating the success of the first year through the Premiere. The evening showcased 6 films that have been crafted and delivered through the support of industry experts and the Collabor8te scheme. Attendees included Rankin, Vicky McClure, Pixie Lott, Ashley Walters and Robert Sheehan.
Since the film council disbanded in 2010, Collabor8te has been the only scheme of its type in the country to uncover and develop new talent within the film industry. Not only has it given each winning script writer the funds to produce their script, but it has given them the opportunity to work with industry experts such as Amy Hubbard, casting director (credits include The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit.) As shown last night in one of the films, The Hungry Corpse, Collabor8te has cast several well-known actors in their projects, including Stephan Mangan and Bill Nighy.
The event took place at The Regent Street Cinema, the birthplace of British cinema, where, in1896, the Lumiere brothers’ new Cinematographe was used to show moving pictures to a British paying audience for the very first time. Nokia and Collabor8te chose The Regent Street Cinema as its significant history chimes with their desire to support the filmmakers of tomorrow.
Rankin said: “Founded in 2011, Collabor8te creates opportunities for new talent to be discovered and helps those who may not otherwise have the chance to develop their ideas. As we saw last night the standard of films that emerged from year one shows how schemes like these help promising grassroots. Nokia’s involvement has enabled this years scheme and I hope their support encourages more people to get involved in the future.”
Nokia is the leading innovator in mobile imaging, from being one of the first to install a camera in a mobile phone (2002, Nokia 7650), to developing the Nokia N8 which was used by directors Hooman Khalili and Pat Giles to shoot the first feature length film on a mobile phone. Most recently Nokia has developed ‘PureView’, which features a plethora of imaging technological breakthroughs, most notably a ‘floating lens’, to counteract unwanted shaking without the need for a tripod or super-quick shutter speeds.
Annie Kearney from Nokia added: “Nokia is a global leader in imaging technology and we will continue to deliver innovations that empower budding film and photography enthusiasts to deliver amazing results on the smallest of budgets on stunning devices. It is for this reason that we are so enthusiastic to support a fantastic scheme like Collabor8te that enables real talent in the film world to be uncovered”.
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