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ADCAN AWARDS 2017 OPEN FOR ENTRIES.

Aspiring filmmakers and animators take note: this year’s ADCAN Awards are looking for entrants.

Now in its fourth year, the show aims to bring more untapped talent to the fore in 2017. For those unfamiliar with ADCAN, the organisation encourages unsigned talent to show creative leaders what they’re made of.

As well as giving the next generation of filmmakers a leg-up, the competition gives charities and worthy causes some welcome exposure.


Give us the lowdown on the competition. Entrants pick their favourite brief from one of six charities and shoot a 30” or 60” film based on it. Whether it’s a solo effort or a collaborative one, the judges will be looking for something special.


Plenty of big names involved, I trust? It's an impressive band of partners and judges. Production companies Nexus, Partizan, and Rattling Stick have backed the scheme since its inception; this year, they’re joined by Anonymous Content, Park Pictures, and VICE.



And which charities are participating? The competition has partnered with charities on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Helen Bamber Foundation, LGBT+ group WERK for Peace, and the National Eating Disorders Association. ADCAN hopes the range of causes will inspire some heartfelt work.


Remind me who won last year’s competition. Klaas Diersmann took top prize in 2016 with his amusing piece for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Diersmann’s twist on tough guy stereotypes caught the judging panel’s imagination - now it’s up to this year’s entrants to do the same.

Different Klaas.  


And what’s in it for the winners? An invitation to October's ADCAN Awards ceremony in Los Angeles and the chance to pick the brains of industry leaders across a variety of workshops.


Got it. So when’s the deadline? Applicants have until Tuesday 15th August to submit their entries. Oh, and it’s free to enter.

Those intrigued can learn more about the competition and download the briefs at adcan.com.

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