BOMBAY SAPPHIRE®, in association with Tribeca Film Festival®, has announced the four winners of the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series: Film competition. The competition offers budding filmmakers the chance to realise their own short film, using their imagination to interpret a short film script created by Academy Award® winner Geoffrey Fletcher.
Now in its second year, Bombay Sapphire and Geoffrey Fletcher assembled a cross section of imaginative heavy weights from the world of film to judge the entries, which featured Academy Award® winning actor, Adrien Brody; screenwriter and film director, Lucy Mulloy; screenwriter, Naomi Foner; actor, Peter Facinelli; and senior curator at Vimeo, Sam Morrill, who between them selected nine films for their originality and imagination.
The UK winners are:
- Anthony Khaseria, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Reflections’
- Chris Cornwell, a screenwriter from London, for his film ‘Exit Log’
Academy Award winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher commented on the competition: “At a time when it’s difficult for new voices and creative visions to find funding and broad exposure, Bombay Sapphire is providing a platform and launch pad for new stories to be told on screen. We hope the films we create inspire audiences and are as resonate as they are imaginative.”
Academy Award winner Adrien Brody said, “The range of creativity of the entries we received to the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition this year was vast, making it extremely difficult to distil into only four winners. Regardless, I hope for many it was a motivational experience and I believe we’ve uncovered some exciting new talent who we hope will go on to make an impact within the film industry. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how we bring the winners imaginations to life through film on the big screen in April.”
With imagination at the heart of both Bombay Sapphire and filmmaking, the competition looks to explore endless creativity and the brand’s belief in the power of imagination and that it can take you anywhere.
Bombay Sapphire Global Marketing Manager Luca Vescovini added: “We are committed to sparking people’s imagination and uncovering new talent through the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series Film competition. It’s exciting to see how the Imagination Series has grown and after only two years it has almost doubled its entries receiving more than 1,300 submissions from 68 countries across the world.”
Geoffrey Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises, commented on the association with Bombay Sapphire: “It’s great to partner with a brand who embraces creativity and imagination in the same way we do. The Imagination Series, fuelled with the passion and support of the Bombay Sapphire team provides a great opportunity for the discovery of new storytellers.”
NOW YOU CAN CHOOSE A WINNER….
Starting today, Bombay Sapphire is giving members of the general public the chance to vote for a fifth film to be made through its open vote selection. By visiting imaginationseries.com/vote a vote can be cast, with the winning film announced on 14 November 2013.
The UK wild cards are:
- Giles Borg, UK – ‘The Search’ is a drama about a man who fears he’s the last man left on earth. He employs an old computer terminal, BOB, to scan CCTV footage for other signs of life. BOB finds other humans but, being lonely himself, does not tell John, who leaves, hopeless.
- Effie Woods, UK – ‘Cutie Pie’ is a comedy about a man, Peter, who returns home to find he has been bought an adorable kitten by Maggie. Peter wants Maggie to return it when the kitten destroys the house. Despite their efforts to shake off the little monster, it continues to haunt them.
The winners will now participate in producing and directing their own individual films, which will be premiered in early 2014. To see the winners and hear more about their films and experiences during the production process visit www.imaginationseries.com/vote.