Peter will discuss his varied career - from his early appearances in films such as Trainspotting, to his award winning performance in Ken Loach's My Name is Joe (Best Actor Award at Cannes Film Festival), to his successful career as writer and director of Orphans, The Magdalane Sisters and the recent highly-acclaimed NEDS. Peter will give an insight into his experiences of working in Scotland and internationally on projects ranging from budget to blockbuster and we hear what he has planned for the future.
On 15th April another Film Nation:Shorts masterclass will feature Mark Leese, production designer of NEDS and This Is England. Mark will reveal what it takes to transfer a story from being an idea in a script to an actual onscreen creation and give a fascinating, behind-the-scenes insight into working with some of the most prolific and respected Directors producing film and television at the moment
Both masterclasses are free to attend for 19-25 year olds who can find out more details and register at www.filmnation.org.uk. They will take place at the An Lanntair Arts Centre, in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis as part of the Celtic Media Festival and are part of a nationwide programme of free workshops will give young filmmakers the chance to meet professional film-makers and acquire new skills in film-making techniques using the latest state-of-the-art Panasonic equipment under expert tuition.
Jo Stein, Celtic Media Festival Producer, said: ‘The Celtic Media Festival is proud to be working with Film Nation to nurture the filmmaking talents of young people today. This year we are thrilled that one of Scotland's most prolific talents, the award winning director, actor and screenwriter Peter Mullan, is joining us in Stornoway to give an insight into his thrilling career. Peter is a real inspiration to all, from seasoned professionals to those who are taking their first steps on the ladder.’
Film Nation:Shorts invites 14-25 year olds to create short films that celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games: respect, courage, excellence, friendship, equality, determination and inspiration. In addition, Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley and ambassador Jude Law have teamed up with London 2012 to launch a new strand to the competition, where young people are encouraged to make short films inspired by the theme of ‘Truce’. Whether it be making a short film about young people’s own experience of a truce with friends or family, how a truce either past or present has inspired them or made a difference to their lives, or what a global truce in 2012 would mean to them personally, London 2012 with Peace One Day are looking for films with inspiring stories.
The competition culminates in a special national award ceremony in October and entries for the 2011 competition are open for submission by uploading films to www.filmnation.org.uk.
The winners’ work will be screened at the iconic venues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to an audience of millions. The best films will also be showcased on giant London 2012 Live Site screens around the country, on the London 2012 website, and on a dedicated Film Nation website, with monthly awards leading up to an annual award winners ceremony.
The competition will be run each year until 2012, showcasing the creative talents of the next generation of young film-makers and giving them a chance to be right at the heart of the Games. Submissions for the 2011 competition are now open, and more details can be found at www.filmnation.org.uk.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director, Cultural Olympiad, said: ‘Thanks to the support of our partners Panasonic and the Olympic Lottery Distributor, Film Nation:Shorts is a programme which will deliver a powerful message about our intentions to put young people and their creative power into the heart of the 2012 Games.’
Film Nation: Shorts is delivered in partnership with Panasonic, Screen West Midlands, First Light and 104 films with funding from the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor.
Visit www.filmnation.org.uk for more details.
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About the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival
The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is the largest cultural celebration in the history of the modern Olympic and Paralympic Movements. Spread over four years, it is designed to give everyone in the UK a chance to be part of London 2012 and inspire creativity across all forms of culture, especially among young people.
Since the Cultural Olympiad started in 2008 11.2million people from across the UK have participated in or attended over 5,400 public performances as part of the Cultural Olympiad and programmes inspired by 2012 and funded by our principle funders and sponsors. Over 67,000 people have attended 6,800 workshops as part of Cultural Olympiad programmes.
The culmination of the Cultural Olympiad will be the London 2012 Festival, bringing leading artists from all over the world together from 21 June 2012 in this UK-wide festival – a chance for everyone to celebrate London 2012 through dance, music, theatre, the visual arts, film and digital innovation and leave a lasting legacy for the arts in this country.
Principal funders of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival are Arts Council England, Legacy Trust UK and the Olympic Lottery Distributor.
BP and BT are Premier Partners of the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.
The British Council will support the international development of London 2012 Cultural Olympiad projects. Panasonic are the presenting partner of Film Nation: Shorts.
For more details visit www.london2012.com/culture
London 2012 Live Sites
The Big Screens are erected and run in partnership between LOCOG, the BBC and the various cities, in association with London 2012 partners BT and Lloyds TSB, supported by Cisco and the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor. The screens carry a combination of local and national news, London 2012 updates, partner films and local community focused output such as university graduations or local art projects.
There are currently 18 London 2012 Live Sites located in Bristol, Cardiff, Middlesborough, Norwich, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Waltham Forest, Bradford, Derby, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Swindon, Edinburgh, Leicester, Dover and Woolwich.
At Games-time in 2012 it is hoped there will be a national network of screens – both permanent and temporary – which will enable local communities to gather and watch London 2012 events.
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges.
Panasonic fully supports the ideals of the Olympic Movement and is proud to be the official Audio and Visual Equipment Partner for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games, Panasonic has been an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner, bringing the passion and performance of top athletes to homes around the world through state-of-the-art audio and visual technology.
For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.
Olympic Lottery Distributor
The Olympic Lottery Distributor is investing National Lottery money to fund the London 2012 Games. It is providing £16.6 million to support the Cultural Olympiad and is a principal funder of Film Nation: Shorts. It is also providing funding of £3.42 million to fund the network of Big Screens across the UK and will be providing up to £1.8 billion for the infrastructure of the Olympic Park and other Olympic facilities across the UK.
More information about the Olympic Lottery Distributor can be found at www.olympiclotterydistributor.org.uk
FIRST LIGHT is a unique organisation that provides funding and expertise to enable five to nineteen-year-olds, from all backgrounds throughout the UK, to make their own short digital films and media projects. FIRST LIGHT is supported by the National Lottery, through the UK Film Council and by DCSF. This year, the organisation will distribute £5.3 million. Since launching in 2001, FIRST LIGHT has funded over 30,000 young people to produce more than 1,000 films and media projects. For more information visit www.firstlightonline.co.uk
Screen WM is the lead agency for film, television, games and digital media in the West Midlands; a region that is driving innovation and excellence in content creation and cross-media collaboration. Our remit is to develop the economic, social and cultural wealth of the region through support for the screen media industries.
104 Films are a Film & TV Production Company with a track record in producing original and distinctive films. The Company specialises in developing projects through creative and improvisational workshops.
104 Films will be delivering the Workshop Programme for the Over 19 year olds as part of Film Nation : Shorts. The workshops will deliver a basic introduction to film making skills and techniques with an informal, fun and hands on approach.
For more information on 104 Films see website at www.104films.com
As it heads towards its £2bn budget for staging the Olympic and Paralympic Games, LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-three domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, Next, The Nielsen Company, Populous, Rapiscan, Technogym, Ticketmaster and Trident.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Supplier, Otto Bock.
The Worldwide Olympic Partners signed up for London 2012 are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos Origin, Dow Chemical Company, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.