The hunt for the world’s most extraordinary filmmaker in the Welcome to the Extraordinary film competition has ended, with the winner having been selected from an array of entries by a panel of industry experts.
Actor Mathew Horne fronted the campaign along with Raindance, the UK’s largest independent film organisation, and sponsors InterCasino, one of the world’s first online casinos.
Filmmakers were invited to submit a short film bringing to life their perception of ‘the extraordinary’ for the Welcome to the Extraordinary film competition.
Amongst the entries was the winning film, titled ‘Clown Showdown’ and created by Kevin Curtis from the UK. The film sees a girl stand up to a clown in a quiet cul-de-sac, and received a united positive response from the judges, awarding Kevin with the prize of having his film screened at the Raindance Film Festival in September and a trip to the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival.
With the simple brief of demonstrating what ‘the extraordinary’ meant to them, filmmakers submitted a variety of creative and imaginative entries, including the New York Skyline and a film in 360.
A separate YouTube competition also took place, where the film ‘Extraordinary Toys’ created by Toby Dale received the highest number of views as one of the shortlisted films by the industry panel, winning tickets to the British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) after-show party.
Judges for the competition included actor Mathew Horne, film journalist Joe Utichi, founder of Raindance Elliot Grove, and InterCasino.
Actor Mathew Horne commented on the competition, “The level and quality of entries we received for the competition was astounding. The winning entry, however, particularly stood out for me. The way in which it was filmed grabbed my attention and it really put across what he found extraordinary.”
InterCasino’s spokesperson also added, “We’re delighted to have joined forces with Raindance and Mathew Horne to have inspired filmmakers to bring to life their interpretation of the extraordinary. We’d like to thank everyone who entered the Welcome to the Extraordinary competition for making it such a great success.”