Jameson First Shot 2016 | Maggie Gyllenhaal: Entries Open

“What’s an observation that we haven’t seen, but that’s real and we relate to; that’s complicated, like we all are?” is Jameson First Shot 2016 star Maggie Gyllenhaal’s challenge to aspiring filmmakers. 


For the fifth year, the Jameson First Shot competition is once again on the hunt for the globe’s most gifted, undiscovered filmmakers with compelling stories to tell. As the name of the competition so aptly suggests, the competition is all about giving talented filmmakers a break – a first shot at the industry. 

Initiated by award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and producer Dana Brunetti of Trigger Street Productions (the people that brought you The Social Network and Captain Phillips), Jameson First Shot asks aspiring filmmakers to be fearless; to write about what matters to them, tell the stories that they want to tell and, ultimately, make the film they want to make. It’s looking for undiscovered filmmakers with big ideas and an insatiable desire to create.

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This year the competition has expanded its catchment area, and people living in the following countries are eligible to enter original scripts: UK, Ireland, India, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Bulgaria, Kenya, Russia and the US.

“It’s not about where someone is, it’s about where they might get to in 10 years if they’re encouraged, nurtured and guided.” – Kevin Spacey 

Entries to the 2016 Jameson First Shot are open! 

Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti and the rest of the Trigger Street Production team will read and judge all entered scripts. Three talented winners will then be selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to turn their scripts into short films starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, and have them premiered in LA, with the acclaimed cast and crew in attendance.

Enter your script here. 

For 2016, the competition is calling for stories that touch on “the great and/or unexpected things that can happen when you fear less and invite life in.”

Entries close on the 4th January 2016 (17:00 GMT).

For more information about the competition go to www.jamesonfirstshot.com

“A little bit of vulnerability – that’s what good art takes” – Maggie Gyllenhaal

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Read our interviews with previous South African Jameson First Shot winners here.

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