Join us for this wonderful event which gives remarkable insight into what makes a great script for a short film.

The first part of the evening is a conversation with our award-winning judges, about their careers. This year we are thrilled to welcome:

Amma Asante is a BAFTA award-winning screenwriter and director, known for Belle (2013), and A Way of Life (2004). She is a former child actress, who began her writing career at the age of 23 with a script deals from both Channel 4 in the UK and BBC. Her first movie, A Way of Life, which she wrote and directed won her numerous awards, both in the UK and internationally, including FIPRESCI prizes and the Carl Foreman BAFTA Film Award. In 2017 Amma was awarded an MBE on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, for her services to film as a writer and director.

Col Needham is the CEO of IMDb and is literally living his best life: he is the human version of the IMDb which started life as a spreadsheet and is now the top film website in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month.

Andrea Gibb is an award winning¬† film and television writer. Her work includes: Dear Frankie, Afterlife, An Equal Music, Swallows and Amazons (which previewed at FilmBath Festival) , Call The Midwife and the BBC feature-length adaptation of Emma Healey’s award-winning novel Elizabeth is Missing.

We will then watch a rehearsed table read of the five shortlisted scripts Рand then the judges will reveal who will win £5,000 cash, £1,000-worth of hire kit from Visual Impact AND an enamel IMDb badge (usually only given to IMDb employees!).

Our finalists are:

A Bed for the Boy by Simon Sylvester
Lambing by Katie McNeice
How to Hire an Escort by Werner Vivier
The Influencer by Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid
Out of Sight by Jesse D Lawrence