New to 2014, Eden Shorts is an exciting nationwide competition that aims to inspire budding filmmakers to produce one-minute short films, which capture the natural world in all its beauty and wonder.
The winner's film will be broadcast on Eden, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KEB digital single lens mirrorless camera, the opportunity to attend a workshop run by Wildscreen and the film screened at the Wildscreen Fringe Festival in Bristol during October 2014.
There is a chance that we could also show some of our commended entries on air too!
Winners (and possibly even the commended entrants!) will have their work showcased on-air on Britains leading natural history channel, Eden. The winner will also win some other fantastic prizes!
The winning entry will be picked by an expert judging panel, including wildlife enthusiast and TV presenter, Michaela Strachan. Michaela commented:
It is great to be involved in this amazing project, Eden Shorts, which gives promising and dedicated nature filmmakers a great opportunity to showcase their work. I am hoping these films will the highlight the diversity, breadth and beauty of our precious wildlife and celebrate the majesty of the natural world.
Filmmaking technology is now far more accessible, making it easier for passionate individuals to obtain beautiful moving images of the natural world. Even Sir David Attenborough believes that the future of natural history communication mostly rests with dedicated amateurs who will film the mating of a dragonfly on a pond which may be 100 yards from their home and put that on the web".
Eden Shorts is looking for high quality amateur films, which showcase the wonder of the natural world. This could consist of a time-lapse of a flower opening or the setting sun, a piece to camera about nature or local wildlife projects, a classic wildlife film of a favourite animal or even an animation!
More than anything the competition asks entrants to be creative! Eden Shorts is looking for live-action footage of nature, presenters talking to camera, animations, an interview or any other means that help to convey the films message.