Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Young Writers and Filmmakers Given the Chance to Showcase Talent to Key Players in British Film Industry

Get Connected, the charity that provides a helpline for young people, are launching Nobody’s Perfect, a new website for young writers, actors and directors to showcase their talents to professional writers, producers and directors. Young people between 16 and 25 can submit film, scripts and music to win the chance to produce six short films that address issues like self-harm, sexuality and bullying.

Top British movie producer Nick O'Hagan (Fever Pitch, Tideland) is supporting Nobody's Perfect by judging entrants and mentoring the winners.

“I’m always on the lookout for new British talent and I’m confident this competition will unearth some exciting young writers and directors and I look forward to working with them on the project.”

Nick O’Hagan will be joined on the judging panel by up-and-coming writer-director Paris Leonti (Daylight Robbery) and by actors Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Tom Hardy (Layer Cake, RocknRolla), Georgia Groome (London to Brighton, Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging) and JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey).

Get Connected will give the winners the chance to work on six short films in London in September. The finished films will then receive a premiere in the capital at the Odeon Covent Garden and be supported by numerous media partners including ITV Local, Tiscali and Raindance.

"Get Connected provides a confidential phone, email and web-chat service for under-25s and this competition will let them communicate their feelings in a way that's relevant to them," says Chloe Darlington, External Affairs Manager at Get Connected. "The support we’ve received from the media industry has been fantastic and we’re sure their enthusiasm for the project will really inspire the young people.”

The Nobody's Perfect website was officially launched today and can be viewed at