Competitors should form teams of 5 members and choose one of the twelve Screenplays (found in the application pack) as the basis of their brief. The teams can address the brief using any medium or mixture of mediums – the judges will be hoping to see examples of 3D photoreal animation, 2D or 3D character animation, stop frame or any combination of the above, with or without live action elements/backplate acquisition. The final sequences should be 30 seconds long and of HD quality.
Remember, this year we are permitting a team to pitch twice, once for each charity; so you have double the chance of being successful. We have space for 8 teams this year. We are looking for four teams to tackle the Create briefs and four teams to tackle the Refuge briefs. This is however optional, you don’t need to pitch a project for each charity – we are looking for a quality pitch, so please don’t jeopardise your pitch if you under a schedule. Check out the pitches from previous years here – http://www.bfxfestival.com/competition/competition-archive/
Your chosen screenplay should act as your narrative – establishing character, environments and story; we want to see innovative treatments that take these narrative elements and turn them into engaging and challenging visual sequences. It is up to you to decide the screenplays Genre (Comedy, Horror, Thriller etc.) – you have creative freedom in this respect.
Each team needs to produce a pitch document, outlining exactly how they intend to answer their chosen brief – the document should include a scene by scene breakdown/shotlist, a creative and technical treatment and can be supported by storyboards, mood boards, character/set designs and any other material the teams think relevant.
In September (slightly after the final films have been submitted) the teams will also be expected to submit accurate, clearly titled shot breakdown, which explain all relevant aspects of their production process – the breakdowns should be no more than 3 minutes in length. But don’t worry about this for now.
The teams should be prepared to defend their finished sequences and breakdowns in front of a panel of mentors and judges.
So here is a quick checklist:
* Think of an amazing team name!
* Read the screenplays below – choose your favourite (and by extension the charity). Remember your team can pitch for two screenplays if your feeling ambitious.
* Take a look at the previous years work, including the pitch video and documents – this will help inform what was successful. The 2013, 2014 and 2015 final films can be seen here. The teams original Pitch videos and documents are here
* If you need help finding some team members, then join our Facebook page here
* Read our FAQs section
* Download the application pack here
* Upload you application form as a .Zip file on that same page (scroll to the bottom). Remember we have a 50mb limit, so go easy on our poor server Bertha! She is approaching retirement age.
* Any questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some information about the charities
Do your research – take a peek at the charities website and try to understand their brand and vision. Remember they will be part of the judging process, so think of them as your client.
In the mean time, both Create and Refuge have provided some information regarding their charities work and how they would like to see these films be adapted:
Our creative direction
Create develops and delivers high quality creative arts programmes led by professional artists that provide life changing experiences to seven priority groups of disadvantaged and vulnerable people across the UK: young patients, those with disabilities, young and adult carers, schoolchildren in areas of deprivation, vulnerable older people, offenders, and marginalised children and adults (eg: homeless people, victims of domestic violence). All arts workshops increase the well-being of participants by enabling them to develop confidence, self-esteem, creativity, new skills, and friendships.
For BFX, we want the films to concentrate on the work young carers provide on a daily basis. Although we are focusing on these carers for the films, some of the scripts provide further opportunity to introduce the other groups the charity supports (should you chose to). It is important that we show all forms of creativity being explored and utilised, we want a beautiful world to be created that people would love to visit and join in. With this in mind we are open to all forms of animation and film making.
Primary target audience
Create has identified a need to attract a younger audience, particularly young professionals, who can provide a vital network of support through monthly donations, and become champions and advocates of Create’s work via social media, thereby increasing Create’s access to potential donors. The charity is following a targeted communication and fundraising strategy to attract this new audience and strongly focuses its marketing and key message towards them.
As a creative arts charity, this goal could be achieved with the production of a creative film that can resonate with and capture the hearts and minds of this younger generation of professionals. Being part of a generation where visual and emotional stimuli are received consecutively, a 30 second visual will instigate an immediate response that leads our target audience to act on this impulse by making a donation.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
For more information, please visit our website - http://createarts.org.uk/
Our Creative Direction
Refuge is national domestic violence charity which provides specialist domestic violence services to 3,300 women and children on any given day. A philosophy of empowerment and equality underpins Refuge’s work. The charity provides non-judgmental, non-directive emotional and practical support, whilst empowering women to rebuild their lives free from violence and fear.
Domestic violence is all about power and control – it is a pattern of behaviour that is purposeful, systematic and deliberate. It can take many forms – physical, emotional, financial, sexual, amongst others. Often there are many overlapping forms of domestic violence which can occur simultaneously. If a woman changes her behaviour because she is frightened of her partner’s reaction she is being abused.
Women who experience domestic violence are strong, resilient and courageous – they are survivors. Scripts and animations must avoid victim blaming.
Students need to illustrate/reinforce women taking charge of their own lives (avoid portraying them as needing rescuing by men or others). The animation should depict domestic violence clearly and there should be evidence of a perpetrator who is purposefully controlling the female character. The abuse should not feel accidental or random but deliberate and directed. Importantly we need the films to show there is hope, support and safety.
The films will need to strike the right balance of dark and light, whilst ensuring we move relativity quickly towards a positive resolution. Above all the films need to use exceptional creativity to illustrate these complex issues and to make engaging, thought-provoking films that will changes lives.
Primary target audience
* See Refuge as an enabler to accessing safety and support (practical and emotional)
* View women through a lens of being a survivor (not as victims – survivors who are courageous, strong and resourceful)
The film scripts are varied, but we are looking for the films to appeal to women, men and children over 11 years old. The subject matter is a difficult subject to portray, however with the characters being represented as toys and a rich interesting environment as our stage, we are really looking forward to see what you come up with and to working with you as the competition develops!
For more information, please visit http://www.refuge.org.uk/
The Screenplays are also available in the Application pack found here.