One city, two days, no budget

Liverpool48 is the home of Liverpool's 48-hour film making challenge, timed to coincide with this summer's Downtown Week. This exciting project aims to bring film-makers from all over the globe to Liverpool to compete to make the best short film. A cash prize of £1000 is up for grabs and the event is set to take place over the weekend of 10th and 11th June. Eligible entrants will be sent an email containting five elements which must be included in their film, such as location, an item of dialogue or clothing. From the time the email is sent, entrants will have 48 hours to produce a film incorporating all five elements. Downtown Liverpool is encouraging local film-makers to have a go and it would be an impressive achievement, building on the growth of Liverpool as a film-making destination over the last few years, if a local talent won. Meanwhile, for film-makers based solely in the northwest, there is the Digital Shorts scheme run by North West Vision, the film and media development agency for the region. The deadline for entries is midday on Tuesday 6th June. The filmmakers from last year's scheme received four days of training at the National Film & TV School and two days of script development support. For 2006, finished films will feature on North West Vision's Drama Bytes DVD, will be screened across the region and promoted at this year's Cannes International Film Festival. Apply to enter the Digital Shorts Scheme. Highlighting again the richness of the northwest's filmmaking in terms of locations, it's worth checking out North West Vision's 'Locations' database.

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