Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has announced Elvis Jenner (Best Script) and local band Echo Rain (Best Music Video) as finalists of the Parliamentary competition Film the House, after being selected by a panel of industry heavyweights.
Film the House is an innovative and fun Parliamentary initiative to raise the profile of the importance of copyright to film makers, of film itself and the creative industries in general, among Parliamentarians. This aim will be achieved by celebrating the best up-and-coming amateur film producers, directors and script-writers via a national competition. The competition is supported by the All-Party Parliamentary Film Group and The Alliance Against IP Theft. For more information, please visit www.filmthehouse.com.
The winners of Film the House will be announced at an award ceremony at the House of Commons on Tuesday 30th October. Winners will have their film screened on the Terrace of the House of Commons, with prizes including studio tours, work experience, and private screenings for friends and family.
Commenting, Mike said: “I am thrilled to hear that both Elvis Jenner and Echo Rain have made the final of Film the House and wish them the best of luck in this grand finale. The competition is only in its first year, but I have been really pleased with both its popularity and with the outstanding quality of the submissions that we’ve received. I know that the judges found it really very difficult to select the finalists.”
He added, “Film the House demonstrates why it is so important to build a sustainable market for film, especially in places like Brighton & Hove. The film industry supports over 100,000 jobs in the UK, and intellectual property is vital to sustaining those jobs and the profit British films bring to our economy; Government must work with industry to ensure that creators are properly rewarded for their work.”