Budding Redditch filmmakers are being urged by Rachel Maclean, the MP for Redditch County, to enter Parliament’s prestigious Film the House competition.

The annual competition offers the opportunity to put local filmmakers in direct contact with the movers and shakers of the film industry and to have the best of UK talent take front and centre stage.

Judged initially by Rachel, she will then put her recommendations forward for a further round of judging by industry professionals. Prizes for the talented winners are provided by industry sponsors, including 21st Century Fox, Sky, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Viacom and The Motion Picture Association.

One of last year’s prizes was mentoring from professionals in the film industry, a private screening of the winners’ films for friends and family and classification of the winning films by BBFC.

The categories for the 2018 competition are; Best Short Film (under 16), Best Short Film (16 and over), Best Script (under 16) and Best Script (16 and over). Budding filmmakers are already able to submit their entries and the closing date for submissions is Sunday, September 30 2018. The shortlist will then be announced in January 2019, with the glitzy Awards Ceremony taking place in April at the House of Commons.

The Film the House competition was launched as a fun way to educate MPs and young people about the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy and the many ways in which we can nurture and protect our creative industries.

Rachel said: “Hollywood isn’t the only place brimming with talent, Redditch is full of it too. I know there are budding filmmakers here in Redditch who could put our town on the world stage and I would urge them to enter the Film the House Competition. I’m sure one-day Redditch will have its very own Oscar and BAFTA winner!

“This competition is a great way for budding Redditch filmmakers to build contacts in the UK film industry and to let industry professionals know what they have to offer.

“I can’t wait to watch the entries and to put forward Redditch’s winning short film and script!”

More information on how you can apply for the competition and the criteria for entry can be found at: www.filmthehouse.co.uk.