Wednesday, May 21, 2008

International Young Screen Entrepreneur (IYSE) Awards

In 2008, the British Council will present the International Young Screen Entrepreneur (IYSE), for the second time to champion and celebrate the importance of creative entrepreneurs working in the film and television sector.

IYSE was presented for the first time in 2007 when 10 young film entrepreneurs from 10 countries (Brazil, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland, Slovenia) took part. The winner of YSE 07 was Wahyu Aditya from Indonesia.

Ten international finalists for the award will visit the UK in October 2008 to undertake a common programme where they will take part in valuable networking both with key UK film industry partners and amongst their IYSEY peers. The programme will be run alongside the London Film Festival 2008.

The ten participating countries in the IYSE 2008 award are:

China, India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand


A participant must:

- Be aged between 25 and 35
- Already working in the creative sector with at least 3 years experience in their sector
- Be entrepreneurial and have shown their ability in the promotion of that creative sector in their country, in either a commercial context, public context, or both
-Through their character, drive and abilities demonstrate their potential to be a future leader of the sector in their country
- Have English language skills equivalent to IELTS 6 - ‘competent user’ or above

IYSE participants can be drawn from any of the following areas of the Screen* sector:

Development, production, post-production
Distribution and/or sales
Exhibition – cinema/venue and/or festival/event programming and management
Journalism (print and broadcast) and publishing
Marketing, internet websites/ web networks, public and media relations
Promotion, education and retail
Artist management
Consultants providing specialist services in any of the areas outlined

*In the term ‘Screen’ we include feature film, documentary, shorts, television production, and animation

Please note that the IYCE awards are unique in rewarding entrepreneurial ability. We recognise that a finalist may be active as a filmmaker, however his/her artistic work should be secondary to their focus as an entrepreneur in the promotion of the screen industry in their country. Artistic talent will not be factored into the judging procedure – finalists will be judged solely on the merit of their entrepreneurial abilities in the industry.

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