Internationally acclaimed short film competition Jameson First Shot is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young filmmakers to have their original script turned into a short film starring an A-list actor and produced by an award-winning Hollywood production house – with them front and centre directing the shots every step of the way. In partnership with Kevin Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions, each year Jameson identifies 3 young writer/directors from hundreds of hopefuls, and funds and facilitates this process.
The 2015 winning films star Academy Award winner Adrien Brody who says, “Jameson First Shot affords talented writer/directors an important gift: the confidence to exercise fearlessness and the opportunity to materialise their dreams.”
This year a rigorous judging process saw 1,750 contestants shortlisted to direct a short scene and submit a director’s treatment before the most compelling scripts were chosen. As has become tradition in previous years of Jameson First Shot, the competition’s Creative Director, Kevin Spacey and Producer, Dana Brunetti, surprise the winners over Skype.
This year one of the three lucky, and obviously talented, winners was revealed as South African Mark Middlewick. He has just returned from the US where his short film was shot over just 2 days. Mark’s script entitled The Mascot tells the story of Adam, the mascot for basketball team the Pittsburgh Pandas, who takes his part-time job very seriously. When he is fired he decides to confront the man who has replaced him. The Mascot will be premiered in Los Angeles in late June.
Mark graduated with Honours in Dramatic Art from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2010 after which he taught screenwriting and directing. He has since worked as a freelance writer, director and copywriter creating some of our favourite music videos over the last few years. In 2013 and 2014 Mark’s short film, Security, was screened at several international film festivals including London International Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival. Security was recently nominated for Best Short Film at the 2015 SAFTAs.
Look out for the winning Jameson First Shot films on 10and5 soon.