Make A Film About Merton Life

Chance to win a top competition

Young film makers are being invited to make a 90-second film about life in Merton for a chance to win a prestigious competition.

Merton Council has teamed up with Film London to attract entrants for the second 'Film Merton in 90 seconds' competition. Those who enter could win the chance to have their entry screened at the annual Film London Best of Borough Awards (BoBs) at BAFTA in 2011.

The theme for this year's contest is 'Capital Tales', inviting entrants to tell a story about London in a minute and a half. This year's winner will win a £500 cash prize and see their entry up against the winners of the other 10 boroughs which are participating.

Film London will be providing Merton with a free film-making workshop run by professional film makers. The council will publish details of the workshops on its website and in the Leisure and Culture newsletter in early 2011.

Merton Council cabinet member for community and culture Councillor Martin Whelton said: "Merton has an interesting heritage film makers can draw on as well as a variety of people, all with a story to tell. We encourage all young people in the borough interested in film to take part."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Film is not only sublime entertainment, it's a revenue generator for London's economy and as we emerge from the downturn, it's vital we continue to nurture creative talent."

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: "The Film London in 90 Seconds competition sees Film London working with the boroughs to unearth local talent. We are delighted to continue our vital work with the boroughs to provide important film-making opportunities for aspiring film-makers."

November 9, 2010