Magazine article Screen International

London Festival Introduces Cash Prize for Second Films

Magazine article Screen International

London Festival Introduces Cash Prize for Second Films

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London's East End festival (EEFF) is to introduce a £10k cash prize for directors in development on their second films.

The inaugural prize will be awarded during the 2018 edition of the festival, which will take place during the spring. Submissions will open during EEFF 2017 in June.

The festival's inaugural Mind The Gap Transit Film Award will be given to a project that "resonates with EEFF's ethos and dedication to supporting fresh and challenging voices in cinema".

The award was created in partnership with director John Jencks, whose second feature The Hippopotamus will have its European premiere as the opening night film of LOCO London Comedy Film Festival in May 2017.

Jencks will donate all future profits he earns as director of The Hippopotamus to the on-going fund.

"Making my first feature was hard. Making my second was 100 times harder, but unlike many other directors I was lucky enough to do so," said Jencks.

"We live in a time when the majority of voices are lost between first and second feature. …

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