0117 Hour Digital Short Challenge

PrintA Creative Journey Through Bristol Temple Quarter.

13-19 APRIL 2013

Bristol Film Office, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival and M Shed present the third edition of the 0117 Hour Challenge, inviting filmmakers, animators, visual and sound artists to make digital shorts focused on the theme of ‘Journeys’ and exploring Bristol Temple Quarter in just 117 hours. This high-energy event is part of a series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions coordinated by Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre and MAYK, with support from Bristol City Council and Arts Council England.

The 0117 Hour Challenge has been held successfully for the last two years as a short film contest and gained interest as an example of the current Bristol filmmaking scene. For 2013 the brief has been expanded to include visual and sound artists, celebrating the diversity of the city’s creative talents.

Between 13-19 April 2013, teams will be challenged to make a short digital piece of up to 3 minutes in length (drama, documentary, experimental, live action, animation or soundscape) in 117 hours. Work should draw on Bristol, (people, places or life) as themes and inspiration as part of the overall theme of journeys. Each piece must also contain one selected location and another element, both of which will be given to teams during the launch briefing at M Shed on Saturday 13 April. Bristol Film Office is securing locations in the Bristol Temple Quarter, with all location fees waived for participants of the Challenge. In addition, independent production music library Synctracks is providing free access to its catalogue for registered teams, with a choice of thousands of contemporary tracks and an extensive classical collection.

The series of Bristol Temple Quarter commissions aims to engage people with Bristol Temple Quarter through new cultural experiences designed to surprise, question and delight. The commissions are seeking to document the present, reflect on the past and suggest new opportunities – as a location for enterprise; as a connected place for travel to, travel from, or travel through; and by projecting Bristol nationally and internationally.

Watershed Managing Director, Dick Penny said: “The area now designated as the Enterprise Zone has always been an enterprise area based on the transport links of water and rail. Industrial brands of old such as Puritan Soap and Redcliffe Crown Galvanised Iron have been replaced by creative digital brands like E3 Media and IBM. The 0117 Challenge is a great opportunity to showcase creative talent and to engage more people in the BTQ project.”

Encounters Managing Director, Liz Harkman said: “We’re excited to launch the third edition of the 0117 Hour Challenge, following the event’s success in previous years. Opening up the competition to visual and sound artists will no doubt bring new creative perspectives”.

The finished digital shorts will be showcased as part of a celebratory event on Friday 19 April, where the work that incorporates all of the criteria and captures the atmosphere of BTQ most succinctly will be awarded a prize of £1,000 cash by a distinguished jury. The shorts will be shown at further events in the South West and will also join the M Shed museum collections as part of the city’s memory, available for future visitors to experience.

In order to participate, all teams must register online for free at www.encounters-festival.org.uk before Thursday 11 April.

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