Last night, I got to go along to the London Film Museum with many of my fellow movie blogging chums to attend the Jameson Empire DISS Awards 2012. At the lavish event, we got to have a sit down with the judges of the awards which included Director Gareth Edwards, Sky’s 35mm presenter Alex Zane, Empire Editor Mark Dinning and the hilariously funny Chris O’Dowd. The four chaps had the very difficult task of choose 5 finalists to go forward to the Empire Awards this Sunday at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The event was MC’d by Chris Hewitt who did a brilliant job bringing it all together as he always does.
All of the judges were amazed at how great all the entries that made it to the final were and hoped that many of the entrants could go onto enhance their movie making careers in the future where one day they may end up making short films or even feature films.
Jameson had spared no expense and had flown 29 of the best Done in 60 Seconds creators over to London for the final where each entry was shown to the audience who were all amazed at the talent, depth and quality of all the short films that were presented. Choosing 5 out of this fabulous selection must have been a nightmare for the judges (and they were only given 10 minutes to make the final decision) but they managed to do it nonetheless and I’m pleased to let you know that one of the entries was from the UK. Let’s hope he can on to win the overall prize this Sunday.
So, without further ado, the final five are.
Herge’s Raiders of the Lost Ark – Philip Askins (UK) Spiderman by Gonzalo Ruiz & Joaquin Vergara (Chile), Edward Scissor Hands by Rosen Lliev (Bulgaria) , District 9 by Andrew Norton (Ireland), and Black Swan by Indira Suleimenova (Kazakhstan).
Here’s some images from last night and as you can see, we had rather a lot of fun! Ive also placed the full press release below which gives you much more info into the comeptiton and on the entrants and finalists. If you fancy yourself as a buddig filmmaker, I can think of no other awards easier to make a video for than these so get cracking for next year.
Thanks so much to Jameson for inviting us along last night. I had such a great time! For more information on the competition visit: www.jamesonwhiskey.com/DISS.
UK AMATEUR FILM-MAKER BEATS OFF GLOBAL COMPETITION TO MAKE IT TO THIS YEAR’S PRESTIGIOUS JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS
‘Done In 60 Seconds’ competition judged by Bridesmaids and the IT Crowd actor Chris O’Dowd, TV presenter Alex Zane, Empire Editor Mark Dinning and Monsters Director Gareth Edwards
24th March 2012 – Philip Askins from the UK has beaten off competition from 28 amateur filmmakers from around the globe to be one of five finalists walking the red carpet alongside top stars of the film industry this weekend, thanks to Jameson Irish Whiskey and Empire magazine.
Last night, at the Global Final of the amateur filmmaker competition Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds, Philip Askins from the UK was announced as one of the five global finalists with his winning entry Raiders of the Lost Ark. The overall winner will be announced at this Sunday’s star-studded Jameson Empire Awards, taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
The judging panel for this year’s Done In 60 Seconds competition was formed of top talent from the industry including, Award-winning British Actor and Comedian, Chris O’Dowd, TV Presenter, Alex Zane, Film Director of Monsters, Gareth Edwards and headed up by Empire Editor Mark Dinning.
To enter, budding directors were asked to remake their favourite movie of any genre into a mere minute of screen time. Film fans from all over the world had the opportunity to produce their own 60 second movie and upload it online where film-fans voted for a shortlist. The UK entries were whittled down to a shortlist of five finalists by 16,000 avid film fans in an online vote.
Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds judge Alex Zane said: “We’re delighted one of the UK finalists made it through to the Jameson Empire Awards. I thought Phillip’s film was ingenious, taking Herge’s Tin Tin inspired animation and turning it around into a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Mixed in with some sharp lines, it was clear that it would make our top 5.”
Global finalist from the UK, Phillip Askins said: “I’m speechless; it’s a huge honour to represent the UK at the Jameson Empire Awards as one of the global Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds finalists. Come Sunday I’ll be meeting the people who inspired me, which is crazy. This is a big moment for me; I want to thank everyone at Jameson and Empire for giving me this opportunity.”
This year, 29 entries came from as far afield as Kazakhstan, Turkey, Chile, Sweden and the Netherlands. Phillip Askins will be competing against Spiderman by Gonzalo Ruiz & Joaquin Vergara (Chile), Edward Scissor Hands by Rosen Lliev (Bulgaria) , District 9 by Andrew Norton (Ireland), Black Swan by Indira Suleimenova (Kazakhstan), at the Jameson Empire Awards on Sunday.
For more information on the competition visit: www.jamesonwhiskey.com/DISS.
Phillip Askins will be competing against Spiderman by Gonzalo Ruiz & Joaquin Vergara (Chile), Edward Scissor Hands by Rosen Lliev (Bulgaria) , District 9 by Andrew Norton (Ireland), Black Swan by Indira Suleimenova (Kazakhstan), at the Jameson Empire Awards on Sunday.