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Want to be an MTB film maker?


Images: Laurence Crossman-Emms, Mike Rose and Clay Porter/3 Minute Gaps

The bike world may be awash with videos dropping into websites the world over but there is always room for someone to do something different. Alex Rankin set the bar with his work on series like Sprung and Earthed and now the likes of John Lawlor and Clay Porter are embracing the advances in technology to produce some stunning work. Filming in your local woods or at UK races is pretty straightforward but what if you had £10,000 to spend on production and you could go out there and shoot something you have always dreamed of.


Prime & Fire Selects are looking for talented filmmakers to pitch and produce their ideas for a short specialist sports documentary. The most outstanding pitch receiving £10,000 production budget towards the production of their final short film, whilst 9 additional filmmakers with exceptional pitches will receive a £2,000 production budget each.

Filmmakers are invited to upload a 1-2 minute video teaser or trailer and 300 written word pitch in their submission description to best illustrate what they would do with the funding. The video can be a trailer or snippet to tease their documentary idea, and should demonstrate not only the story behind the documentary but also production skills and creativity.

The judges are looking for unique; undiscovered human-interest stories and mini-documentaries based around action, endurance or specialist sports. The scope is huge and can be absolutely anything from skateboarding to free diving to stories of human sporting endeavor.

The 10 most innovative and original pitches will receive funding and support to make their ideas a reality.

Here’s some inspiration to get those juices flowing…


The 10 selected filmmakers will receive:

A budget of £2,000 to put towards production for 9 selected filmmakers, and £10,000 awarded to the most outstanding idea of all 10 filmmakers.

Time to create their final full film, with support and feedback from the leading creative teams behind some of the most unique action and specialist sports content out there.

Their film screened at a special industry event at the BFI – the most iconic Film Institution in the UK.

Global distribution under the Prime & Fire Selects label via Europe’s largest action sports network, Factory Media, and its extended global endemic partners
Exposure across BFI Future Film’s social channels.

The stand out filmmakers, from the 10 selected, will have the opportunity to collaborate with Prime and Fire and Factory Media on future projects.




Submit By: August 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Voting Starts: August 7, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Voting Ends: August 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Winner Announcement: September 4, 2014

All times are in Pacific Daylight Time.


BENJAMIN MILLEPIED – benjaminmillepied.com 

DARRAN TIERNAN – darrantiernan.com 

PHIL YOUNG – primeandfire.com 

TOBY DYE – tobydye.com

PHIL CROWE – themill.com

NOEL GOODWIN – www.bfi.org.co.uk/futurefilm



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