NCC Runs Two Minute Eat My Shorts Film Competition

Newcastle Community Cinema two-minute film competition - “EAT MY SHORTS.”


Newcastle Community Cinema two-minute film competition – “EAT MY SHORTS.”

County Down’s volunteer-run community cinema is easing out of lockdown with this competition of super short films as a way for people to get creative with a camera.

Eat My Shorts: Jemma Dougherty, Marketing Executive at Fibrus, joins Rob Manley and Lucy Royal-Dawson from Newcastle Community Cinema to launch “EAT MY SHORTS”, a new short film competition open to budding film makers across Ireland.

Sponsored by Fibrus, the company bringing Hyperfast Full Fibre Broadband to regional and rural Northern Ireland, the competition is open to any amateur filmmaker, aged 13 years old or older, from right across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The top prize is £300 worth of vouchers for film-making equipment, and £150 in vouchers for second prize and £75 for third prize. The five best films will be announced in October and posted on NCC’s website for all to see.

The judge’s panel includes Castlewellan-born actor, Niamh McGrady, local filmmaker and director Campbell Miller, Film Hub NI Staff and Ulster University Film Lecturer, Dr Jennie Carlsten, Maria Brennan, a representative from access>CINEMA, and a NCC committee member.

Great Opportunity For Budding Filmmakers

Niamh McGrady said: “Eat My Shorts is a great opportunity for budding filmmakers to get their creative ideas seen by others and maybe even bag a fab prize. NCC continues to refresh the appeal of cinema.”

Fibrus is committed to supporting the towns in which they operate, both by providing a new high quality broadband service and backing local initiatives which benefit the wider community.

Jemma Dougherty, Marketing Executive at Fibrus, explained why sponsoring the Eat My Shorts Competition and the Full Moon Film Festival was important to them. She said:

“We’re proud to be associated with this exciting opportunity for budding filmmakers and to be supporting the NCC Full Moon Film Festival later this year. 

“Many of us turned to films over the last few months, providing distractions from what’s going on around us, a type of escapism and a powerful creative outlet for those who produce their own.

“That’s what makes this competition even more compelling this year.

“I’m really looking forward to watching the winning entries and to see what else NCC has lined up as part of the Full Moon Film Festival.”

Do you have an idea for a two minute film? Time for ‘action’!

The judges will be looking at the quality of the movie’s idea, the creativity in how the idea is brought to the screen and how well it has been executed. The winner will be announced at NCC’s 7th Full Moon Film Festival in November 2020.

Entries must meet the BBFC’s “U” / “Universal” rating for content, and last no longer than 2 minutes. Other than that, the sky is the limit! Any genre – action, comedy, musical, documentary. Any medium – live-action, animation, stop-motion, puppets, shadows. Any subject.

Entrants can submit their mini masterpieces from 10 August 2020 until the deadline at 6pm on 25 September 2020. Full terms and conditions for submitting an entry to Eat My Shorts can be found at NCC’s website:

Fibrus Hyperfast Fibre Broadband is now live in Dundrum, Castlewellan & Newcastle with plans to move into Ballynahinch, Killyleagh and Warrenpoint soon. 

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