Wannabe filmmakers take note

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Are you one of those people with a vague ambition to make a film but never act on your ideas? Who talks a good game but never gets their hands dirty? Here's your chance. Japanese beer Kirin Ichiban is launching its inaugural First Cut short film competition and wants entries of all standards and formats, from amateurs on their mobile phones to pros using 35mm.

The one stipulation is that the film should be themed around the concept of 'First Press', a reference to Japan’s Prime Brew, Kirin Ichiban, which is made by the 'Ichiban Shibori Process' which literally translated means ‘First Press’.

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For full details on how to enter, visit www.kirinfirstcut.co.uk. Deadline for entries 30th June 2011. As a starting point, the film above - Right Place by Kosai Sekine - might give you some inspiration.

The rules

Short film entries must be original work and can be anything from 1 minute to 10 minutes in length and use one of the following production techniques: live action, animation, narrative/experimental or documentary.

The judging process

A shortlist of the four best film entries will be chosen by a panel of industry experts from the world of short film including the London Short Film Festival and award winning Short Film director Simon Ellis.

The four shortlisted films will also be screened at the Kirin Ichiban Pop Up restaurant in East London in August 2011.

The prize

The overall winner will then be chosen from a shortlist by public vote and receive £3000 cash and the career boosting prize of having their film shown at the London Short Film Festival. 2nd place will receive £1000 cash, 3rd place will receive £500 cash and the final runner up will win a year’s supply of Kirin Ichiban beer.