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BFI and Nintendo launch 3D short film competition

Ridley Scott, seen here directing Noomi Rapace in Prometheus, is a figurehead for the competition

A short film competition has been launched by Nintendo and the BFI for 3D films of less than one minute, made using the filming modes on the Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo 3DS XL console.

Focused around the theme of ‘British Summer 2012’, the winning film will be premiered before the Nintendo Gala screening at the 56th BFI London Film Festival, which takes place from 10 – 21 October 2012.

A Vision in 3D is supported by Prometheus, Blade Runner, Gladiator director Ridley Scott, as entries will be judged by an expert panel that includes Stuart Warren-Hill – an AV artist and innovator in the field of electronic music and visual media, founder of Hexstatic, Holotronica and co-founder of the Big Chill – and Asif Kapadia, director of hit documentary Senna.

The winner will be announced in early September, who will then have the opportunity to shoot a new 3D short film with a professional crew on location in London.

Ridley Scott said: “Digital and 3D filmmaking is within the grasp of everyone these days. I’m excited by all the skill and talent that’s emerging in the UK, telling stories in different ways and it’s vital that it gets our support. This competition launched by the BFI and Nintendo opens up a big opportunity for emerging filmmakers to make their mark and they should grab it with both hands. I can’t wait to see the results.”

Nintendo UK Marketing and PR Director Shelly Pearce said: “We are extremely excited to be working with the BFI to provide a platform for future 3D film-making talent to showcase their work. The Nintendo 3DS XL & Nintendo 3DS video camera offers people a chance to explore their creative side and we can’t wait to see how the British people are spending their summer.”

BFI Head of Exhibition Clare Stewart said: “The BFI London Film Festival is thrilled to be working with Nintendo on this innovative new partnership that provides an opportunity for emerging filmmaking talent to be mentored in 3D filmmaking and we look forward to showcasing the winning film at the festival this October.”

For further information on how to upload your film see here.

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