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We’re giving you the opportunity to make a short film without having to worry about raising the funds, and applying couldn’t be easier.


We’ve got eight prizes of £5,000 and we’re looking for the most original and engaging ideas.


The resulting film should be no longer than five minutes and can be a documentary, conceptual piece, a trailer for a feature, a music video, fashion film or animated short – to name a few possibilities.


OK, so here’s the boring bit. It’s really important that you read the terms and conditions before applying. In the last round, several brilliant projects made themselves ineligible due to simple mistakes. To read the Ts&Cs click here.


  • You must be aged between 16-25 to apply for this brief.


  • Your project must take place between June 2011 and January 2012.


  • When submitting a response to this brief, you have to have a photo on your profile page. It doesn't need to be a headshot and you won't be judged on the quality of your photo - as with all briefs on the site, you have to have a profile photo to be eligible.


  • We also want to see examples of your previous work and get a sense of you, so please make sure that you've added content to your portfolio. If you don’t have a photo, or if your portfolio is empty, your application will be disqualified.

See an ideal completed application form.


This brief closes at 5pm on 28 March 2011.


To apply, click on “How to Respond” at the top of the page.


Image by Judy van der Velden


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  • Hi IdeasTap! Just wanted to ask if you know when we'll be hearing who the winners are? Thanks, Pete.


    Peter Lee Scott , Producer , 19/05/11 , 1,522 AP

  • Hello there, have you chosen the winners now? Sarah :D x


    We Are Hairy People , Painter , 15/05/11 , 578 AP

  • I think any sort of feedback to those who haven't been shortlisted would be helpful, considering the amount of time everyone has had to wait to hear anything, even if it's criticism!


    OR Davidoff , Scriptwriter , 08/05/11 , 112 AP

  • Hi all,

    Sorry for the confusion. The deadline for secondary materials is Thursday 5 May at 5pm.

    I hope this helps,



    Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 05/05/11 , 7,335 AP

  • The e-mail about the second round said the deadline for materials was Wednesday 5th- but 5th is a Thursday. Is Thursday the deadline and what time?



    Bailey Tom Bailey , Director , 03/05/11 , 977 AP

  • Do we receive a message on here if we have been shortlisted? If not how do we know whether or not we have been?
    Thanks, Jess


    Long.Story , Director , 27/04/11 , 58 AP

  • I assume that if we have been shortlisted we would have been notified by email by now? Or is the shortlisting process still ongoing? It would be nice to hear either way


    jebdonjackson , Director , 26/04/11 , 229 AP

  • I've (happily!) been shortlisted for Ideas Fund Shorts, and I have a question. I'm preparing more info about my project to add to my portfolio. When I first submitted for the brief, even though it says £5,000 for 8 winners, I detailed a budget where I would only need £1,000.

    Now I should be submitting a properly detailed budget etc - should I reimagine the project as a £5,000 one, or still keep it down to £1,000, which I think I could make the film for? Will my submission still be valid?

    All the best,
    Jo Gewirtz


    jogewirtz , Video/film production , 26/04/11 , 1,999 AP

  • Glad to have been shortlisted. Can't wait to hear final result.


    ryandavies , Director , 21/04/11 , 443 AP

  • Hi! I was following this brief and had submitted my application on time but when I was looking again at the brief today I accidentally clicked 'stop following this brief'. This was a mistake but I couldn't find the button t follow the brief again! I hope this doesn't affect my application! Cheers, Eva


    evariley , Director , 20/04/11 , 585 AP


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