Klaxon: Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds UK finalists announced! See the UK finalists short films here! ! #JamesonEmpire60Secs - FILM AWARDS NEWS


Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Friday, March 28, 2014

Jameson Empire Done in 60 SecondsThis weekend the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 will be taking place and that means the winner of the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds 2014 winner will be crowned at the event.

Before that though, finalists for DISS 2014 from across 21 countries, including the the 5 finalists from the UK, will gather for a special dinner in a secret location - where a judging panel that includes; DJ and presenter Alex Zane, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Edith Bowman, Empire Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Mark Dinning and notorious British indy cult film director Ben Wheatley will hone the selection down to the final five finalists that will attend the prestigious Jameson Empire Awards ceremony this Sunday, where one final winner will be chosen and begin their journey to becoming a fully fledged filmmaker.

Joining the ranks of previous winners like; Philip Askins who with his 60 second, film noir-inspired remake of Blade Runner and UK indie Claymation buff Lee Hardcastle, went on to have a short screened at Cannes, worked with film distributor 20th Century Fox and has taken his next major project to Kickstarter to crowd-source funds for a feature length film more information here: http://leehardcastle.com/

The 5 talented UK filmmakers who secured their place on the shortlist after beating hundreds of other UK based filmmakers are; Tony Byrnes, Claire Carter, Jonathan Farrelly, Michael Hall and David Smith you can find more info about these talented up and comers below as well as view their 60 second masterpieces below.

Good luck all! But you are already winners in our book having taking your first steps. In case you don't win big this time around, we have decided to bestow your films with our own awards:

1. Claire Carter's The (con) Artist wins - Fanciest footwork. Most Flagrant Flaunting of Body Parts and Best In Show Dog Pun
2. Jonathan Farrelly's Manhattan wins - Best Woody Allen Walk
3. Michael Hall's Gravity in 2D wins - Best Translations and Cracking Dialogue
4. David Smith's There Will Be Blood (Milk) wins - Best Daniel Day Lewis Impersonation ever, ever
5. Tony Byrnes' Dead Poets Society wins - Best Pre Release Viral Buzz Marketing Campaign aka The Kubrik


Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds 2014



The UK finalists are:

Claire Carter (@itsclairecarter), 27, from West London started putting plays on for her family ever since she can remember and hasn’t looked back since. If her adaptation of The Artist makes it through to the Jameson Empire Award finals, Claire hopes to trump Ellen DeGeneres by taking the world’s biggest award selfie.

Video: The (con) Artist by Claire Carter (UK)


Jonathan Farrelly (@FarlayFarrelly) 30, from Keady in Armagh, Northern Ireland made it through to the top five with Manhattan. Alongside his entry, Jonathan managed to make a short film over the Christmas period which is showing at a film festival in April and is due to start on another short in two weeks.

Video: Manhattan by Jonathan Farrelly (UK)


Michael Hall, (@mjp_hall1980) 33, from Croydon made it through to the top five with Gravity in 2D. This is Michael’s second time on the Done In 60 Seconds UK shortlist and in the past year he has also directed a play for Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association and is already working on his next short film script.

Video: Gravity in 2D by Michael Hall (UK


David Smith, (@daveislink) 23, from Yeovil in Somerset has enjoyed exercising his film making skills with his entry for There Will Be Blood. From here, David plans to direct a short film he has written and complete his first feature film with his brother.

Video: There Will Be Blood (Milk) by David Smith (UK)


Tony Byrnes, 46, from Walthamstow made it through to the Done In 60 Seconds top five with his personal twist on the American classic Dead Poets Society. Growing up in the golden age of cinema in the 70s and 80s, Tony believes films such as The Thing, The Goodies, The Godfather and Taxi Driver inspired his appetite for film making.

Video: Dead Poets Society by Tony Byrnes (UK)



The Jameson Empire Awards

Each year, the Jameson Empire Awards attract some of the biggest names in Hollywood, with last year’s guests including: Dame Helen Mirren, Sam Mendes, Daniel Radcliffe, Martin Freeman, Danny Boyle, Sir Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong, Samantha Barks and Edgar Wright. 

Because the Awards are voted for by the public, they honour an eclectic mix of films, from big-budget blockbusters to independent cinema.

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Five budding filmmakers from across the UK could be walking the red carpet with the biggest and most respected names in Hollywood at the Jameson Empire Awards on Sunday 30th March, after making it through to the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds global finals, an amateur filmmaking competition where up-and-coming directors are encouraged to remake their favourite movie in just 60 seconds.

Talented film fans from across the country - Tony Byrnes, Claire Carter, Jonathan Farrelly, Michael Hall and David Smith secured their place on the shortlist after beating hundreds of other UK based filmmakers. They will go on to compete with finalists from across the globe at the Jameson Empire Done In 60 Seconds Final on March 29th 2014 - facing competition from a further 21 countries.

Previous UK finalists include 2013 winner Philip Askins with his imaginative 60 second, film noir-inspired remake of Blade Runner and UK indie Claymation buff Lee Hardcastle, who has gone on to have a short screened at Cannes, worked with film distributor 20th Century Fox and has taken his next major project to Kickstarter to crowd-source funds for a feature length film.

On the 29th, an esteemed panel of judges including DJ and presenter Alex Zane, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Edith Bowman and Empire Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Mark Dinning will select five finalists to attend the Jameson Empire Awards where one final winner will be chosen.

To see the short films from this year’s Jameson Empire Done In 60 Second finalists, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/JamesonEmpireDISS

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