Bombay Sapphire, in partnership with the Tribeca Film Festival and Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, are offering budding filmmakers the chance put together their own short film – TFR joined them for the launch of the Imagination Series Film Experience…
Geoffrey Fletcher is best known as the screenwriter of 2009’s hard-hitting drama, Precious, which earned him the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards. It was his big break as a writer, having been passionate about his craft for many years. Who better, then, to act as an ambassador for Bombay Sapphire’s innovative competition, part of their Imagination Series which seeks to inspire filmmakers to bring one of his scripts to life.
The Script, as it is known, is entirely free from direction, and encourages filmmakers to submit their own decisions on genre, locations, characters and direction. The five best entries will be chosen by Fletcher, along with a panel of film yet-to-be-announced industry luminaries, as well as Bombay Sapphire and the Tribeca Film Festival, and will then be made into short films.
“This is exactly the sort of thing I would have entered,” Fletcher reveals, and after hearing about his struggle to break into the film industry, it’s easy to believe him. “I tried every door – when Precious came along I had been through years of rejection…[but] every ‘no’ is a step closer to a ‘yes'”.
However, this project isn’t just about getting a lucky break; it’s about inspiration – something which Fletcher is evidently as passionate about as the folks behind the intricate crafting of Bombay Sapphire gin itself which, as they put it, is “infused with imagination” (and a whole host of exotic botanicals). “One of the greatest things that art does is inspire others,” Fletcher tells us.
But as a judge, what exactly will he be looking for in the winning versions of The Script? “It isn’t about who can spend the most money – it’s inspiration, it’s truth, it’s heart… I really do believe that each and every one of us has something to say… I think there’s more talent in the world than opportunity.”
More details on the competition, which closes on 1st August 2012, can be found here: www.bombaysapphire.com/en-GB/imagination-series.aspx
In addition, Bombay Sapphire will also be holding interactive work shops, giving budding filmmakers the opportunity to ‘Learn How to be a Film Director’. The events will take place from 6pm-8.30pm on Monday 16th and Wednesday 18th July at the Bombay Sapphire Blue Rooms at Zenna Bar in Soho, London. A well-established lecturer from the London Film School will be in attendance to give hints and tips on film directing and how to break into the film industry, while guests can also enjoy a range of delicious Bombay Sapphire cocktails and canapes! Tickets are £15 each and reservations can be made via [email protected]