UK film businesses given opportunity to shine in Hollywood

UK film business in UKTI Hollywood competition

Companies involved in the UK film industry are being offered the chance to take their creative ideas to Hollywood, by entering a competition organised by UKTI

Businesses and individuals working in the UK film industry are being invited to access the movers and shakers in the Hollywood film industry by entering a competition organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the body responsible for promoting business opportunities overseas.

The Talent Goes to Hollywood competition is open to anyone connected to the UK film industry, including writers, producers and those in the gaming sector.

The idea behind the competition is to give those involved in the UK film industry a platform to demonstrate their big ideas. This could include entries with an idea for the next big movie franchise or an innovative technology that can be used by the film industry that could change Hollywood.

Entries will be judged by a panel chaired by acclaimed British film producer Iain Smith, whose work includes blockbusters The Fifth Element, Seven Years In Tibet and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Smith has served on the boards of many film associations, including the UK Film Council, Scottish Screen and the UK Film Industry Training Board. In 2005, Smith was awarded a Bafta for outstanding achievement in film. He was made an OBE three years later.

Areas that the panel is particularly interested to hear from include: intellectual property, key rights holders, technology, production and digital.

Representatives from UKTI will work with the competition winner to perfect their pitch before they are flown to Los Angeles in late October. There they will take part in a tailored business programme of one-to-one meetings with key industry figures in Hollywood, and pitch their big idea to a leading heavyweight from the film industry.

The winner will also attend the Britannia Awards, an annual ceremony organised by Bafta Los Angeles to honour contributions from the British, US and global film industries, where they will be given the opportunity to network with representatives from the US and UK film industries.

Individuals or businesses interested in entering the competition can do so online at the UKTI website. The competition closes on Thursday 17 September.

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Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett

Richard Dunnett is an associate editor who writes about entrepreneurs, SMEs, FTSE 100 corporations, technology, manufacturing, media and sustainability.

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