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Date:- 16 July 2007

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DO you have the Phone Factor?

Have you got what it takes to make movies?

Then you could become 1 of 10 Northwest filmmakers to be offered exclusive training and £250 in production costs.  Northwest Vision + Media, which works on behalf of the TV, film, radio and digital content industries, wants to encourage a whole new generation of mobile phone filmmakers.

The Short, Sharp, Shots competition is helping Liverpool filmmakers to do just that.

“Lots of people take clips on their mobile and don’t even realize they’re making films. But our Short Sharp Shots competition gives them the opportunity to show off their skills, and learn new ones.

If you’ve got a good idea, then now is the time to create a short film, documentary, or animation. Just keep it short, keep it moving and get it seen!”  remarked Helen Bingham, Head of Production for Northwest Vision + Media.

Short Sharp Shots is a competition for Northwest 18 to 24 year olds. Clips of 3 minutes or under are needed, shot on mobiles to be screened on mobiles. The best 10 submissions will be awarded funding of £250 each, and a place on a mobile filmmaking bootcamp to help them produce their next movie.

“The bootcamp will provide an opportunity to sharpen the filmmakers’ skills in planning, shooting and editing mobile phone films,” says Fee Plumley, Director of the-phone-book Limited, who are delivering the scheme.

“What we’re looking for are clips that show wit and speed, snippets that hint at your style and your voice. Our industry panel is searching for raw potential, not a polished finished product,” says Helen.

With the spread of cameraphones, more young people are documenting the events and moments that matter to them. This means they’re perfectly placed to be making innovative use of the format, with mobiles set to become a major source for the filmmakers of the future. 

"The 10 short-listed films will be screened on the Short Sharp Shots website, and made available for audiences to download to their own mobile phones so they can vote for their favourite,” explains Helen.

Full submission information, access to other filmmakers and mobile filmmaking tips on how to shoot, edit and send mobile video clips, can be found at



IF your dog has star quality a plenty he could win a part in the 1st UK tour of Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin at The Lowry this August by entering Bone Idol. 

One Snowy look-alike will win the opportunity to star alongside Tintin as his loyal side-kick in a mid week matinee. The winning dog will get the full star treatment with a press photo call, a pair of tickets for friends, a signed programme and a certificate from the cast.

There are also tickets and photos for the 2 runner up dogs and a chance to be part of the photo call.  Dogs who want to try their paw should log onto for full competition details. All entries will be posted on the show site and the public will vote for which dog best resembles Snowy.

Following the huge success of Vernon God Little, Cabaret and Festen, Rufus Norris leads an award-winning creative team bringing the book Tintin in Tibet to life.  In an exciting and humorous adventure Tintin, his loyal dog Snowy and the curmudgeonly Captain Haddock battle to rescue their friend Chang lost in a plane crash in the high Himalayas. With time running out, and rumours of the Abominable Snowman prowling the peaks, this will be the most testing adventure yet for our fearless young reporter and his friends.

Tintin has been loved by generations of children and adults since he was invented by Belgian artist Georges Remi in 1929, and he has sold over 200 million copies of the books worldwide. The comic strip series has since been admired for its clean, expressive drawings in Hergé's signature ligne claire style. Engaging and charming plots straddle a variety of genres: swashbuckling adventures with elements of, fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers and science fiction. The stories within the Tintin series always feature great humour, presenting a number of characters in distinctive settings.

Tintin has also attracted the attention of Hollywood. He is on the threshold of superstardom as a 3D, digitally enhanced movie star. Steven Spielberg and The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson have announced a three-film deal, with the 1st instalment due in 2009.

Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin

Wednesday 29 August 2007 to Saturday 1 September 2007

The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester

Times:- Eves 7pm, Thu, Fri & Sat mats 2pm

Tickets:- Children £12.50, Adults £14 - £20

Box office:- 0870 787 5793


LIVERPOOL is getting ready for the biggest celebration of food and drink ever to take place within the city.  The Liverpool Food Lovers Festival starts on Monday September 3 and promises some mouth-watering events from local food producers to suit all palates over the two week festival.

The celebration will start with a special gourmet dinner at London Carriage Works created by head chef Paul Askew and will follow with record breaking attempts for the tallest sandwich, a chocolate fantasy evening, fish dishes on the Mersey Ferries and a one off 1000 pint giveaway from local breweries.

As well as the fun food events, the festival will also showcase talented young chefs, with a cook off at the Malmaison Brassiere and will embrace Liverpool’s cultural heritage with a competition asking for photographs of Liverpudlians sharing food.

The festival is supported by the Capital of Culture and will see the Food Lovers Festival launching a competition to create an official cocktail for Liverpool 08.  All food featured throughout the festival will highlight the finest local producers and will comprise of a wide range of food and drink offerings.

Sue Nelson, Chief Executive of North West Fine Food comments:- “This is the first time Liverpool has had a food festival of this kind and we aim to provide something for everyone to get involved in.

The festival aims to celebrate the very best food, drink and chefs within the area. For people who really love their food and drink this is one to enjoy and take part it.”


Monday 3 September

The Ultimate Food Miles Dinner at the London Carriage Works

Paul Askew cooks up a special gourmet dinner to launch the start of the festival

Tuesday 4 September 2007

Seafood across the Mersey

Local producers sampling fish on the world famous ferry across the Mersey

Thursday 6 September

Cinderella Meat Day

Promotion of cuts of local meat. Everyone knows the sirloin and fillet but what about other cuts of meat? Local butchers to discount ‘Cinderella’ cuts and free recipe books will be available by North West Fine Food

Saturday 8 September

Art On A Plate

Public take photos of their families sharing their favourite dishes which will be exhibited at an art Gallery

Sunday 9 September

City Food Crawl

A free tasting trail around Liverpool taking in some of the sights of Liverpool and a whole host of delicious food

Monday 10 September

Capital Of Culture Cocktail Competition

The chance for the city’s barmen to create the official Capital of Culture Cocktail for 2008. North West Fine Food to provide locally produced ingredients to participating bars to mix their culture creations

Tuesday 11 September

Chocolate Fantasy Evening

Taking place at the Everyman Bistro, the evening is a tasting of a specially created chocolate menu. Chocolate lovers everywhere will be salivating to attend the evening

Wednesday 12 September

Lunch for Local Heroes

A special lunch for three students from six local schools, accompanied by their teachers with a talk through local produce and nutritional values

Thursday 13 September

Sarnie Celebration

An attempt for the World’s Tallest Sandwich. Special offers on sandwiches throughout the day. With the launch of the official food lovers festival sandwich created by 60 Hope Street and fronted by chef Gary Manning.

Friday 14 September

Night of a Thousand Pints

Give away 1000 locally brewed pints of beer

Saturday 15 September

Merseyside Young Chef Cook Off - Malmaison

The renowned local food critics put their food where their mouth is as the top three chefs from the young chef competition cook a special lunch for 50 invited guests. A fun filled lunch to celebrate the success of the Food Lovers Festival

Sunday 16 September

Hope Street Festival

The finale of the Food Lover’s Festival with a series of events centred around The Hope Street Arts Festival will include a local Producers Market and CAMRA events with lots of free tastings and offers at Hope Street restaurants

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